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How to Enable and Disable Windows Aero Peek Feature in Windows 7

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Aero is the new feature that was introduced by Microsoft with its Windows Vista. Microsoft received a grand applaud from experts and also from its users with this.

Even with the failure of the Vista, regardless to that failure, this feature gained a great popularity.
As a result to that, Microsoft have included this feature in the Windows 7 project, with some enhanced features.
Some of the Aero features in Windows 7 are Aero Peek, Aero Shake, Aero Snap, Aero Flip.
Windows 7 has a feature called Aero Peek which is enabled when Aero Desktop experience or theme is used.
This can be useful for quickly viewing desktop gadgets and folders, or when you don’t want to minimize all open windows and then have to restore them.

In this post we will check at how to Enable Aero Peek in Windows 7.

  • Point to the “Show desktop” button at the end of the taskbar. The open windows fade from view, revealing the desktop.(You can find show desktop at the rightmost bottom end of the taskbar)
  • To make the windows reappear, move the pointer away from the “Show desktop” button.
  • The Aero Peek can also be activated by using “Windows key + Spacebar” keys.
To Disable the Aero Peek
  • Open “Taskbar” and “Start Menu Properties” by clicking the Start button, clicking “Control Panel“, clicking “Appearance and Personalization“, and then clicking “Taskbar and Start Menu“.
  • Under “Preview desktop with Aero Peek“, clear the “Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop” check box, and then click “OK“.

View Official Aero Peek Enabling Video Here.

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4 Comments to How to Enable and Disable Windows Aero Peek Feature in Windows 7

  1. Tatenda Horinda

    sup…

    On my Windows 7 the option of ticking or untikcking the option of activating or deactivating the Areo peek is grayed out. How do I get to un-gray it so that I can have the option kto manipulate it!

    • HAD THE SAME TROUBLE FIXED IT BY GOING TO CONTROL PANEL. AT “VIEW BY”, I CLICKED CATEGORY THEN CLICKED ON “SMALL ICONS” CLICKED ON “PERFORMANCE INFORMATTION AND TOOLS”, AND THEN CLICKED “ADJUST VISUAL AFFECTS” THIS OPENED UP THE PERFORMANCE OPTIONS WINDOW. THE “SAVE TASKBAR THUMBNAIL PREVIEWS”, WAS UNTICKED, SO I CLICKED THE BOX THEN CLICKED “APPLY”, THE AERO PEEK FEATURE WORKED STRAIGHT AWAY. THE AERO PEEK BOX IN THE TASKBAR AND START MENUWINDOW WAS NO LONGER GRAYED OUT.

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