Windows 11 Taskbar SettingsSource: Windows Central

Windows 11 comes with a new Taskbar that retains the familiar look, but it's been redesigned with many visual tweaks and improvements, including the ability to disable the Show desktop option.

The Show desktop option is available in the far corner of the Taskbar and allows you to quickly minimize all the open windows to declutter the desktop. However, if you do not find it helpful, you keep hitting the option by mistake trying to open Notification Center, or you use the Windows key + D keyboard shortcut, in this new version, it's possible to disable the option.

In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the steps to disable (are re-enable) the Show desktop button in the Taskbar.

How to disable Show desktop option in Taskbar

To disable the Show desktop button, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Taskbar page on the right side.

    Windows 11 Taskbar settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  5. Clear the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option.

    Disable show desktop optionSource: Windows Central

Once you complete the steps, clicking the far corner of the Taskbar will no longer show the desktop.

How to enable Show desktop option in Taskbar

To enable the far corner option to show the desktop, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Personalization.
  3. Click the Taskbar page on the right side.

    Windows 11 Taskbar settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  5. Check the Select the far corner of the taskbar to show the desktop option.

    Enable show desktop optionSource: Windows Central

After you complete the steps, the Show desktop button will re-appear in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

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