Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums

Inconsistent taskbar peek behavior

  1. #1

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Inconsistent taskbar peek behavior

    I have windows 8.1 (fully updated on a surface pro. I find that when I have set the taskbar to always combine buttons and attempt to hover over a group of open windows and try to preview ("peek") at a given window, it will automatically disengage peek as though I moved my mouse off, even if I haven't touched the mouse.

    For example, suppose I have outlook open with several emails open. If I hover over that cluster on the taskbar, all of the open windows pop-up. This is where the crazy starts. If I leave the mouse there, undisturbed, the windows will retreat. I'm not sure if this is supposed to happen, but i don't like it. it happens at what feels like random intervals and it's annoying.

    The next problem is about the actually "peek" function. After popping the windows up via hover, if I slide over to an individual windows, all other windows with turn transparent and leave the selected window visible (the way it is supposed to). Again, how long I'm allowed to see this is random. In some cases it will disappear instantly. In some cases, after a few beats. In others, it will stay until I move the mouse.

    I don't understand why this isn't working. Any thoughts?

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #2

    About first problem : That's not "Normal", it should stay where and as it is.
    As for second one: When you move cursor to "peeked" window, all other ones temporally close with only the one cursor is opens or stays open. The speed that happens, I found out (that's with W7 too), depends on a program it shows, some work faster some slower. I guess it has something to do with grip on the "focus" that program has.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #3

    Posts : 14
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Thanks for the reply. In reference to the second problem, it's not so much the speed at which it happens. The problem is the when it decides it's going to stop doing it. It starts without delay, but it disappears randomly without me moving my mouse.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #4

    Quote Originally Posted by taward View Post
    Thanks for the reply. In reference to the second problem, it's not so much the speed at which it happens. The problem is the when it decides it's going to stop doing it. It starts without delay, but it disappears randomly without me moving my mouse.
    Wander if that has something to do with mouse driver or it's settings. Could it be that it goes to "sleep" when it has nothing to do (wireless ones are known to do that).
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #5

    Posts : 1
    Windows 10

    I created an account here just to reply to this thread.

    This is the most annoying issue, and I have it too.
    I'm also on a surface pro 3, and had the issue on windows 8.1, and still now on windows 10.
    I have been able to narrow it down to the dock - if the SP3 is plugged into the dock, then it happens. As soon as I undock it, the aero peek is stable.
    Considering all the problems people have with the dock.. well i guess this is just another to add to the list.

    Strangely this is the only mention of this bug i could find on the entire internet. This is my excuse for digging up a year old thread Maybe no one else who uses a dock has noticed or cares? I was really hoping the upgrade to win10 would fix it, but now i think it's actually some fail on the dock side. Also I don't think the OP has two separate issues. I think it's the same issue manifesting in different areas.

    Anyways, this whole post is just a "me too", no fix here. running without a dock isn't an option in a work environment.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Inconsistent taskbar peek behavior

Similar Threads
Thread Forum
Peek at Desktop - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
How to Turn Peek at Desktop On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1 Peek (Aero Peek) is used to give you a preview of the desktop from anywhere in Windows 8. While using Peek, it will show you the desktop with all opened windows as transparent to be able to see what is on the desktop. This tutorial...
Inconsistent startup behavior
I'm just wondering if anyone else experiences this. Upon a cold boot I get my Lenovo (desktop) splash logo, then typically within a few seconds the Windows lock screen displays allowing me to login. Overall startup is very fast. But, about every 3rd or 4th cold boot, the startup behavior is...
Performance & Maintenance
Aero Peek Not Working in Windows 8
Last week I had to do a factory reset due to incompatibility problems with my employer's software for remote working and win 8.1. I'm now back to win 8, have installed all of my software, disabled the edge swipes to stop the charm bar opening (it still does randomly), but now, my aero peek is not...
General Support
How To Change Windows 8.1 Desktop Taskbar Behavior
I have my installation of Windows 8.1 desktop taskbar set to never combine, use small icons and locked. With XP I could pin a program to the taskbar, click it once and the program would open. Click the program icon a second time and a new instance of the program would open. With Win 8.1 if you...
General Support
BSOD on startup/playing games. Inconsistent, but common.
Hey guys, Been trying to deal with a BSOD problem that resulted from KERNEL_CHECK_SECURITY_FAILURE (or something along those lines). I did some research and got it could be the RAM, HDD, or Drivers. Scanning the RAM for 16 hours gave me two errors on test 10, passes 1 & 9. Testing the sticks...
BSOD Crashes and Debugging
The extended attributes are inconsistent
Hello everyone, i am using windows 8 pro with two users one of which is administrator. The problem is that when i am in the other account (non administrator) i am unable to install anything in it. As soon i run an .exe file , i get the error ""The extended attributes are inconsistent"" on...
General Support
Inconsistent problem accessing files on XBOX 360
I have my Windows 8 computer set to share videos and music with my XBOX 360. I noticed since I installed Windows 8 that every so often, the XBOX can't detect the share folder. I have to log out of Windows 8 and log in again to get it to work. It almost seems like some services might be stopping....
Network & Sharing

Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook