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Can't click the Show Desktop button

  1. #1


    Posts : 32
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    Can't click the Show Desktop button


    Thank you very much

    The only thing that annoys me is that when you move your mouse in the bottom right corner you can't click the Show Desktop button. Can you help me with that?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello RandomUsername,

    Sure you can. The Show Desktop button is not visible on the taskbar until you click/tap on it like below.

    Click image for larger version


    If you like, here's a "Show Desktop" shortcut that may be easier to use.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Forums


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 32
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I didn't think you would reply to me on this thread

    Sorry, but this doesn't help me. I'm using Aero Lite and I also can't click the notification area icons when the cursor is at the bottom of the screen. I guess this is a more complex issue :P
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  4. #4


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Could be an issue with the Aero Lite theme. You might try uninstalling it as a test to see how things work afterwards.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 32
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    It's the same with the default Aero Theme. Have you tried it?

    And do you mean by "uninstalling" removing the msstyles file?
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  6. #6


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    No, I haven't tried them.

    Uninstall or undo however you applied the theme.

    You might also try doing a system restore using a restore point (if available) dated before this started.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 32
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Let me clarify my problem. If I put my cursor on the bottom of the screen, I can't click the button, but if I move it one pixel up, I can click it.

    So, is it the same with you?
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  8. #8


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, that information would have been helpful from the start. Just move it up one pixel, and no more problem.

    It's that way for me with the pinned items on the taskbar, but not for the system icons in the notification area or the Show Desktop button.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 32
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    It's that way for me with the pinned items on the taskbar, but not for the system icons in the notification area or the Show Desktop button.
    Seriously? It's just the opposite for me :P
    Which version do you have?
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  10. #10


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    64-bit Windows 8 Enterprise, but it could just be the custom theme you're using throwing it off a little bit.
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