Those of you reading this article probably aware of Aero Peek and how to use the same in Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. For the uninitiated, Aero Peek was introduced first with Windows 7 along with other two features – Aero Snap and Aero Shake.
Aero peek in Windows 10/8/7
Aero Peek lets users quickly peek through all open windows and applications to view the desktop. The feature is handy to quickly view what’s there on the desktop.
Even though the peek button is located at the extreme right on the taskbar, the button is easily visible in Windows 7 unlike in the later versions of Windows. In Windows 8 and Windows 10, you just need to move the cursor to the bottom right-corner of the desktop in order to peek through all open windows.
The Aero Peek feature can be easily enabled or disabled by opening Taskbar and Navigation properties. Under the Taskbar tab, you need to check or uncheck “Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar” option in order to enable or disable the feature in Windows 8 and Windows 10. In Windows 7, the option to enable or disable the Aero peek is labelled as “Aero peek”.
A while back, one of our readers asked me to suggest a way to fix the grayed out Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar option that appears under Taskbar and Navigation properties.
If you want to enable the Aero Peek feature but the option “Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop” is grayed out means that the Aero Peek feature is completely turned off under System Properties.
Enable Use Peek to preview the desktop option in Windows 7/8/10
Follow the given below instructions to activate the grayed out Use Peek to preview the desktop option in Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.
Step 1: Open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows and R keys (Windows+R).
Step 2: In the resulting Run box, type Sysdm.cpl, and then press Enter key open System Properties dialog.
Step 3: Here, click on the Advanced tab. Under Performance section, click Settings button to open Performance Options dialog.
Step 4: Next, check the option labelled Enable Aero Peek (Enable Peek in Windows 8 and Windows 10) and then click Apply button.
Step 5: Open Taskbar and Navigation properties now (right-click on taskbar and then click Properties) to see the active Use Peek to preview the desktop option.