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Turn off auto-hiding of open windows and showing desktop?

  1. #1

    Turn off auto-hiding of open windows and showing desktop?


    Every now and then as I use the computer, all windows disappear and only the desktop is showing.
    I know this is supposed to be helpful somehow, but I find it incredibly irritating and want to turn it off.
    I think it's got some gimmicky name, but I can't recall it right now.
    Hoping somebody knows what I am talking about, and how to turn it off....

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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Are you talking about Auto hide the Taskbar? If so see this

    Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off in Windows | PC Help Forum
    Last edited by Brink; 26 Jun 2014 at 08:08. Reason: updated link ;)
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    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    By default when you mouse over to the bottom right corner of taskbar, it shows the desktop. To stop showing your desktop automatically on mouseover. just right click over the "Show desktop" button and uncheck "peek at desktop" option.

    Peek at Desktop - Turn On or Off in Windows 8

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    Last edited by Brink; 26 Jun 2014 at 08:36. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Thanks topgun, that solved the problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Are you talking about Auto hide the Taskbar? If so see this

    Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off in Windows | PC Help Forum
    Sorry I wasn't very clear, I meant the desktop and not the task bar.
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    Canada
    Posts : 1,950
    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by martienne View Post
    Thanks topgun, that solved the problem!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuccii View Post
    Are you talking about Auto hide the Taskbar? If so see this

    Taskbar Auto-hide - Turn On or Off in Windows | PC Help Forum
    Sorry I wasn't very clear, I meant the desktop and not the task bar.
    No problem, I'll just hide my bottle of wine.
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Turn off auto-hiding of open windows and showing desktop?
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