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How to enable Aero Peek in Windows 10

Windows 10 comes with three useful features to help you to manage and arrange opened windows. These features are Aero Snap, Aero Peek and Aero Shake, all of them were available since Windows 7. The Snap feature allows you to work on two programs side-by-side by showing two windows side-by-side on the same screen. Today, I would like to cover Aero Peek. This feature allows users to quickly view the desktop by moving the mouse pointer to the bottom right corner of the taskbar. It is really useful if you need to view your desktop without minimizing all open applications. In Windows 10, this feature is disabled by default, so we will look, how to enable it back.

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To enable Aero Peek in Windows 10, you need to follow these simple instructions:
  1. Right click an empty space on the taskbar and select the "Properties" context menu item. The Taskbar Properties dialog will appear on the screen.
    Windows 10 taskbar propertiesIn Windows 10 Creators Update, the context menu item is called Taskbar settings. It looks as follows:Taskbar PropertiesIt opens a new page in Settings.Taskbar Properties In Settings
  2. Now all you need to do is tick the checkbox that says Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show Desktop button at the end of the taskbar.
    Windows 10 taskbar properties aero peek
    This enables Aero Peek. Click the Apply button.
    The same option is available in the Settings app in Windows 10 Creators Update.Windows 10 Creators Update Enable Aero Peek
  3.  The Aero Peek feature will be enabled. You are done!
    Windows 10 Creators Update Aero Peek

Bonus tips: On Windows 10 you can activate Aero Peek with the Win + , (Win+comma) shortcut keys. Note that on Windows 7, Aero Peek is activated by pressing Win + Space. That's all. This trick is also suitable for all Windows 8 versions, from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Update 2.
You might also be interested in our excellent Win hotkeys list.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

11 thoughts on “How to enable Aero Peek in Windows 10”

  1. A lot of these tutorials are gonna be unseen since most of the users are using stable Windows versions.

  2. You could just right-click the taskbar button on the right edge, nay?

    And I don’t know any “Windows 8.1 Update 2”. There’s “the Update” from April 2014 and then some posterior month-name updates like the August 2014 and November 2014 updates.

      1. They don’t exist so it’s misleading. If you look them up on official sources (i.e., Microsoft), you don’t see any “Update 1/2/3” anywhere.

        http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/install-latest-update-windows-8-1
        (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2919355)

        https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2975719

        https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3000850

        I honestly don’t know where this moniker of “Update ” came from.

  3. I’m trialling W10 now and peek was working when I started a couple weeks back, but now it has stopped for some reason. Peek is apparently still active as the check boxes all confirm it, but it just won’t work. Anyone have ideas what to do? http://i.imgur.com/5kVmc7w.png

        1. What is your problem mate? It still allows opening Settings > Personalization > Taskbar from the taskbar context menu.Enable Aero Peek in 21H1

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