The Aero peek or desktop peek feature was introduced with Windows 7, and is part of the latest Windows 10 version as well. For those who don’t know, the desktop peek feature allows you take a quick peek at the desktop by clicking the small “Show desktop” button located extreme right on the taskbar (after date and clock).
The Aero peek or “Show desktop” comes in handy when you have multiple windows open and want to have a look at the desktop. The feature allows you see what’s on your desktop without having to minimize all open windows and programs. All you need to do is to move the mouse cursor on to the “Show desktop” button on the taskbar to see what’s on the desktop.
The Aero peek or “Show desktop” can be used using keyboard shortcuts as well. You can use Windows logo + D keyboard shortcut to quickly minimize all running programs and windows, and then use the same keyboard shortcut again to restore all programs and windows. Note that desktop peek has a dedicated Windows logo + Space keyboard shortcut in Windows 7, but the hotkey doesn’t work in Windows 10.
Many users use the keyboard shortcut to quickly see what’s on the desktop instead of hovering the mouse cursor on the “Show desktop” button on the taskbar and hence, want to remove the “Show desktop” button from the Windows 10 taskbar.
Removing the “Show desktop” button Windows 10 taskbar
While Windows 10 offers an option to disable the desktop peek or “Show desktop” button, there is no way to remove the “Show desktop” button from the taskbar. It’s weird that the “Show desktop” button doesn’t disappear from the taskbar upon disabling the desktop peek feature in taskbar settings.
If you find the show button of no use and want to remove the same, you need to use third-party utilities. One of them is the very popular 7+ Taskbar Tweaker.
As some of you might know, 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is not a software to remove the “Show desktop” button from the taskbar, rather it’s a tool to completely tweak and customize the Windows 10 taskbar (packs in tens of tweaks).
After downloading and running 7+ Taskbar Tweaker on your Windows 10 PC (download link provided at the end of this article), simply check Hide the “Show desktop” button option to remove the “Show desktop” button from Windows 10 taskbar.
Visit the following page to download the newest version 7+ Taskbar Tweaker. Note that a portable version of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker is also available to download from the developer’s website.