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Desktop - Restore Missing Tile on Windows 8 Start Screen

  1. #20


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome.

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  2. #21


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    Windows 8 32 bit pro with media center


    Thanks Sir for the useful detail
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  3. #22


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    win 8 64 bit


    Hi!

    My problem is that the restored desktop tile has lost the look it previously had and is now just an ugly box. It will not let me re-size it any larger. Is there any way to get the original tile design back? Thanks.

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  4. #23


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    Hello Donny, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Did you use the download in the tutorial?
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  5. #24


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    win 8 64 bit


    Hi Brink, thanks for the reply.

    Indeed I used your download, but still it results in the picture I uploaded. Any ideas?
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  6. #25


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    Odd. It's acting the same as if you copied the Show Desktop shortcut from the %UserProfile%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch folder into the %ProgramData%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs folder.

    Does the downloaded Desktop link look like the screenshot under step 10 when you copy it there?
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  7. #26


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    I think that's exactly what I did. This all started when I tried to find a way to attach the show desktop button to the taskbar.

    To answer your question, yes it does look like in step 10 screenshot.
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  8. #27


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    By default, there's a show desktop button on the far right side of your taskbar just to the right of the time/date. You don't see it until you click on it.

    So you copied the "Show desktop" shortcut from your Quick Launch folder into the Programs folder from the tutorial?

    If so, delete the "Show desktop" shortcut from the Programs folder, and try the tutorial with the download again.

    Did you modify or do anything to the "Show desktop" shortcut in the Quick Launch folder?
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  9. #28


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    win 8 64 bit


    I found that I had placed another Show Desktop file in %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Application Shortcuts

    After I deleted that one, and re-did your tutorial, the tile has gotten its background image back. I can now also re-size it to 'Wide', but for whatever reason, the 'Large' option is not available, as it was before all this started. I suppose that's good enough, unless you have an idea of what I can do to make it large again?

    Also, I know about the desktop button to the right of the clock. Is there any way to modify it? Move it, make it bigger, give it an icon. I'd really like to have a show desktop button as in older windows.

    Thank you very much for your help.
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  10. #29


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    Unfortunately the Desktop tile can only be resized to Small, Medium, or Wide.

    As far as I know, there's not a way to modify the Show Desktop button on the taskbar like that. If you like, you could add a Show Desktop shortcut to your taskbar though.

    Show Desktop Shortcut - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
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