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Windows 7 has a new "Show Desktop" button all the way at the edge of the system tray area. Is there any way to get rid of it?

I never use it because I just press Win+D instead, and it's kind of annoying to me.

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up vote 4 down vote accepted

This tool should be worked. I have tried it.

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as to the current version, it still remains an empty space instead of the desktop icon.. – BornToCode Jun 27 '13 at 11:19

7+ Taskbar Tweaker provides this option among many others. It's a robust little program that I've been using for quite some time without a problem. It adds exciting new functionality to the Windows 7 and Windows 8 taskbar and fixes some of its flaws.

settings dialog

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I don't think you can remove the button, but you can disable its functionality. Right-click on Superbar -> Properties -> uncheck "Preview desktop with Aero Peek"

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Sorry it seems that beyond this, there is no way to remove it.


Microsoft Technet:


Based on my research, there was no related article about the feature. I suspect it is by design and you cannot remove it.

Seven Forums

There is no way to do it.


As far as I know, it cant be removed. you all will just have to live with it.

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I am using the Classic theme, so Aero is not an issue. Thank you for the suggestion. – i-g Apr 23 '10 at 1:37
@i-g I'msorry, beyond this there's nothing else than can be done. – Sathya Apr 23 '10 at 3:58

Try YTrayClock - a clock that replaces MS clock in the tray. It is configurable (what to show, which font to use). Besides other things it can remove this button, but one has to switch this option on. By default it does not remove it (so take a look into .ini file). It doesn't have a nice dialog based settings user interface, instead you have to modify .ini file manually. Program does not need an admin privileges. It does not need installation. It is just one exe, one dll and an ini file (actually an exe and dll for XP and 7). So download, unzip and run (maybe you may test with VirusTotal before, it's small enough to be tested, 47 anti viruses there says it's clear). Start again and it will ask whether to stop.

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Welcome to SU! Can you please update your answer with INI file snippet that does the trick? – Martin Prikryl May 18 '13 at 19:59

This does it:

Windows 7 Show Desktop Button Remover : Remove Windows 7 Show Desktop Button With One Click

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This didn't work for me with Windows 7, classic theme. In fact, it made the notification area float weirdly over the taskbar in the wrong place. – Crosbie Jul 20 '12 at 21:08
No, this tool just resizes the button/taskbar, and badly at that. – Jim Fell Oct 24 '12 at 20:26

If you right-click on it you can unselect "Peek at Desktop". At least this way it doesn't show the desktop anymore when you hover over it. You can still click on it to get to the Desktop.

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Showdesktop Button Resizer 1.0 can delete the button.

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"The software can not be used with the Windows classic theme." – pnuts Dec 5 '12 at 21:20

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