Desktop Preview is a new feature in Windows 7 which is otherwise also known as Aero Peak (Desktop Preview is a feature enabled by Aero Peek desktop enhancement function). Desktop Preview allows user to temporarily minimize all open windows and make open windows transparent in order to preview what is on desktop when user place the mouse pointer to mouse over the “Show Desktop” bar on the far right end of the taskbar.

Note: As Desktop Preview of part of Aero Peek feature, the Windows 7 must be configured to enable and turn on Windows Aero Glass feature, and must select a Windows Theme, and not one of the Ease of Access Themes for Desktop Preview to work.

Normal Windows 7 DesktopDesktop Preview Windows 7

Illustration above shows the effect of Desktop Preview, where user mouse over the Show Desktop (without actually clicking on it) on the far end of the Windows Taskbar.

Method 1: Enable or Disable Desktop Preview through Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

  1. Right click on the Start button and click on Properties, or right click on any empty space on the Taskbar and click on Properties.
  2. Go to the Taskbar tab.
  3. To turn on Desktop Preview (which is also the default setting), check and tick the Use Desktop Preview checkbox.

    Enable of Disable Desktop Preview

    To Turn Off Desktop Preview, uncheck and untick the Use Desktop Preview check box.

  4. Click on OK.

Method 2: Turn On or Turn Off Desktop Preview Via Show Desktop Button Bar

  1. Right click on the button bar on the far right end of the Windows Taskbar.
  2. To turn on Desktop Preview (the default configuration), select Preview desktop on the context menu so that a tick is displayed next to ti.

    Enable or Disable Preview Desktop

    To turn off Desktop Preview, unselect Preview desktop on the context menu so that the tick is removed.

Desktop preview has been renamed as Aero Peek, and here’s how to disable and turn off Aero Peek feature.

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  • nludian

    I don’t know why you guys aren’t getting it to work. It worked fine when I did it. I think there is a misunderstanding about what to expect using these steps. It will not make the little vertical bar at the far right end of the task bar go away, nor does it make that same little bar stop working. What it will do, is stop the window you are using from suddenly turning transparent and automatically switching to a desktop view. every single time you move your mouse (be it intentional or by accident) over that same little vertical bar at the far right end of the task bar that we talked about earlier. It’s still there, but now you have to click on it. The instructions may have been less than 100% accurate in it’s directions, however I had no problem figuring it out for myself. I mean maybe he was doing it from memory and not in front of his computer but really, you’d have to be a little slow not to have been able to follow his directions and then fill in the missing pieces. I’m just saying. Here is what I did, with no disrespect meant towards the post.

    1. Right click on the start button
    2. Left click on properties
    3. Click on the task bar tab
    4. Look for a small box with the words “Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop” located inside the “Preview desktop with Aero Peek” section at the bottom of the window.
    5. Take a moment to appreciate how easy it was to get here, and how little you must have tried to have failed figuring it out on your own.
    6. Remove the check from the small box with the words “Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop” located inside the “Preview desktop with Aero Peek” section.
    7. Move your cursor over the little vertical bar at the far right end of the task bar
    8. Notice how nothing happens when your cursor slides on top of it.
    9. Facepalm yourself.

  • saif eye

    in my pc this feature is totally and i dont know what is the reason!!

  • Chodu

    Chodu..this doesn't work..Chutiye check it before publishing

  • Joshua

    This doesn't work. When I clicked the taskbar and went to the Taskbar tab, the button that Use Desktop Preview is supposed to be is grayed out and instead says "Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop". It also does the same thing for the farthest button to the right. Please respond?

  • jason

    This does not work

  • Pedro Stephano

    This needs publication +++ as I have been looking for this everywhere and have only found workarounds to build an XP/Vista "Show Desktop" quick launch type button – this news you've revealed here is terrific and much appreciated. But but BUT can you move the button so it's next to the Start? I have an XP, a Vista and a Win7 system and use all three relatively as often as each other. Would really love to have the "Show Desktop" button in (almost) the same place on each user on each machine.

  • Cenzo

    Can you write as if you graduated from elementary school please???

  • Tropicalm

    I appreciate the 2 methods to theoretically turn on or off AeroPeek, nonetheless, on my system, AeroPeek is constantly engaged, whatever the checkbox is set at… Any idea ?

    I'd like to disable AeroPeek, I find this feature counter productive in the way I work.

    thanks !

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