Microsoft turns off “Show desktop” in Windows 11 by default to make space for Copilot | Laptop News

Microsoft has invested billions of dollars in AI, and it wants everyone to use Copilot on Windows. In its latest attempt to push more people towards AI, Microsoft has turned off the “Show desktop” feature to make room for Copilot in the system tray. This change is shipping with Windows 11’s mandatory February 2024 update.

After installing KB5034765, we noticed that the Windows Copilot icon, next to the search bar, has now moved to the right side of the system tray. Windows Latest understands that Microsoft finds the right side of the system tray a more engaging and appropriate place for the Copilot button.

Regardless of whether you like the idea, Microsoft will automatically turn off the “Show desktop” button in the system tray and put the Windows Copilot button there. But that’s only if you live in the United States, the United Kingdom, and other parts except the European Union.

Show Desktop button missing | Image Courtesy:

As you can see in the above screenshot, the “Show Desktop” button in Windows is now turned off by default after the mandatory security. This feature has been a part of the OS for decades, and it lets you quickly minimize all open windows and show the desktop. When you click this button, it hides all your currently open programs, folders, or files.

Microsoft is not killing off the feature, but it’s now turned off by default after the update.

How to restore the Show Desktop button on the taskbar

Thankfully, if you want the Show desktop back at the rightmost corner of the taskbar, you can try switching back to the old settings:

  1. Open Windows Settings > Personalization > Taskbar page.
  2. In Taskbar settings, expand the “Taskbar behaviours” section and enable “Select the far…

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