New in Windows 7, Peek gives you the power of X-ray vision, so you can peer past all your open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop. Simply move your mouse over the little transparent rectangle in the lower right corner of your screen—and watch open windows instantly turn transparent, revealing all your hidden icons and gadgets. That’s a fast way to find files on your desktop, or get a peek at the latest traffic report.

If, however, you don’t want to use Aero Peek or if you find yourself accidentally activating it when your mouse works it way in to the bottom right corner of your screen, you can easily disable (and enable) it again.

Disable or Enale Aero Peek

To disable Aero Peek:

  1. Right click a blank spot on your taskbar and click Properties.

  2. On the Taskbar tab, uncheck Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop, and click OK.

To enable Aero Peek again, just follow the steps above, check Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop, and click OK.

Note: The show desktop button will still function and will show you the desktop if you click it. Alternatively, you can use Winkey+M or Winkey+D to show the desktop. I prefer Winkey+D because pressing it a second time will restore all your windows again.

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5 thoughts on “Enable or Disable Aero Peek Function in Windows 7 [How To]”

  1. thanks for this useful hint.

    I have a problem that ( use Aero Peek to preview the desktop ) is unavailable.

    I think that cause I use Logmein program, is there any way to restore the default?

    sorry for my English, it’s not my language.

    1. Rich says:

      The logmein display driver may be affecting this; however, does it work without LogMeIn installed? It’s my understanding that Aero Peek will not work on a system that does not meet the minimum requirements for Aero — is this the case with your system?

      1. The Aero worked great before I install the Logmein. It’s just disable after i installed Logmein.

  2. RSVR85 says:

    It’s amazing how many people miss this toggle. Thanks for the tip Rich!Here’a a complimentary How To we published a while back.

    P.S Do we know where the registry key is located?

  3. Ofem Ofem says:

    The button to select to enable Aero peek is disabled.
    How may I enable it please?

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