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Aero Peek in Windows 7

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Aero Peek in Windows 7

Aero Peek is a newly introduced feature in Windows 7. As the name indicates, you can peek into the desktop if you have lots of Windows open. With this feature, you can quickly have a look at the desktop without having to minimize any of the windows you were working with. What this feature does is to make all the active windows transparent so that a view of desktop is available. This article helps you on how to use Aero Peek, disable it if you don’t want the effects.

Aero Peak

To use Aero Peek and have a peek at the desktop, move the cursor to the extreme right corner of the task bar and keep the cursor on the small portion (you do not have to click, just hold the cursor). This shows a peek at the desktop as shown in the above picture. If you want to disable this feature, then right click on the taskbar and select properties. In the taskbar tab, uncheck the box against “Use Aero Peek to Preview desktop” and this will disable aero peek.

enable Aero Peak

Another feature of Aero Peek is the thumbnail previews. If you keep the cursor on the taskbar window, you can see thumbnail previews of the open window, and moving the cursor on the preview again shows the Aero peek feature, all the windows except the preview one are made transparent.

Aero Peak Thumbnails

You can see Aero Peek for thumbnail previews in action in the above image.

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Nirmal is a Technology Blogger and a Microsoft MVP in Windows. He can be contacted at You can find Nirmal on , and .



  1. Davin Peterson

    May 13, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    You can download Aero Peek for Windows Vista at

  2. Quakeboy

    May 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

    Hey Nirmal, theres a silly typo.. Its PEEK not PEAK

  3. Nirmal

    May 14, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for notifying, updated the post with the correct spelling.

  4. Gautam

    May 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    @Davin Peterson
    Thanks for sharing that.
    It works great!

    You have fixed the typo in the post, but it is still showing peak in the Title Bar of the Browser.

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  9. bderouen

    May 29, 2010 at 6:03 am

    I’m running windows 7

    Can someone please explain to me what is the purpose of the “aero peek” feature. If i’m looking at a website, why would i want to see the desktop. I’ve opened several IE windows at one time to see how aero peek worked, but all windows close and show desktop. I move the cursor up and the website i was viewing comes back up. If it would switch from one window to another window that would make more sense.

    Wheather or not aero peek is enabled or disabled, the function of the taskbar remains the same when IE windows are open. If you hover the cursor over the icon, the mini windows (as i call them), are still there and function the same. Any answer would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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