Windows 7: How to Disable Aero Peek (Preview Desktop)

Posted May 13, 2009 by Rob Rogers in Windows 7

By placing your cursor over the Show Desktop button (the small rectangle) at the end of the Taskbar, Aero Peek will show the Desktop. It does this by hiding any open windows and showing the outline of where they were. While this is pretty cool, it can be annoying.

If you hover your mouse over the Show desktop button on the Taskbar,

Aero Peek does this:

To disable Aero Peek:

1. Right-click on an empty portion of your Taskbar.

2. Select Properties.

3. On the Taskbar tab, go to the bottom and locate the Preview desktop with Aero Peek section.

4. Uncheck the Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop checkbox.

5. Click the OK button.


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  • belthur

    Or just press WinKey + Space….

  • Darcshado

    Wow, you guys are bloody idiots. He was showing how to disable it, not use it.

  • Sherry

    Thanks, worked for me!

  • Calchick

    THANK YOU so MUCH!!!  very annoying when you are doing something important on the internet and that darn desktop pops up – mucho thanks!

  • non

    Or you can just point your mouse at that corner and right-click and make sure that “Peek at desktop” is deselected.