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How to disable Taskbar Show desktop button on Windows 11

Windows 11 Taskbar Settings
Windows 11 Taskbar Settings (Image credit: 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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

1 Comment
  • That feature is worth keeping ON. What is needed way more is the ability to reduce the ginormous 'add a desktop' window bar. I'd bet over 94% of users don't want or use 2nd desktops. (I used the feature for some years on Mac OS. When I came to Windows I realized it was clutter.)