How to: Disable and Turn Off Aero Peek at Desktop in Windows 7

Aero Peek (also known as Desktop Preview) feature in Windows 7 can be enabled and turned on, it is feature in which all the windows is temporarily hidden so that the user’s can view the desktop, and to view the window user moves the mouse pointer to hover over the Show Desktop (a small rectangular button) at the end of the Taskbar. The hidden open windows are shown as outline or borders of all the windows on the Taskbar, allowing users to peek behind all open windows to see Desktop.


The users of Windows 7, who don’t want the Aero Peek feature in Windows 7, can easily disable and turn off Aero Peek, by just following few steps:


  • First go to the Taskbar and right click on the blank space, then click properties.
  • Then in the “Taskbar and Start menu” dialog box, check whether the Taskbar tab is selected or not, if not then select it.
  • Then uncheck the “Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop” option.


  • Now you just need to click Apply or Ok. All the settings will be applied.

Another way of turning off on turning on Aero Peek is through Show Desktop button bar, here is guide how to do it:

  • On the right end of the Windows 7 Taskbar, right click on the Show Desktop small rectangle button.
  • Then Click on Peek at desktop option, it will disable the Aero Peek.


Another Alternative way of doing it:

  • First you need to go to “Control Panel”
  • Then “System and Security”
  • The System
  • Then on the left pane click on “Advanced System settings” link.
  • Now make sure that “system properties” dialog box is on “Advanced” tab.
  • Now under “performance” button click “Settings” button.
  • Now make sure that “Performance option” dialog box is on “Visual effects” tab.
  • Now uncheck the “Enable Aero Peek” option.


Note: If no advanced configuration is customized the system will automatically select it to “Custom”.

  • Now you just need to click Ok or Apply.
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