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Peek at Desktop - Turn On or Off in Windows 8


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Peek at Desktop - Turn On or Off in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to use and turn Peek on or off for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
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How to Turn Peek at Desktop On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1
Synopsis
This tutorial will show you how to use and turn Peek on or off for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.
How to Turn Peek at Desktop On or Off in Windows 8 and 8.1


information   Information
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 will show you how to use and turn Peek on or off for your user account in Windows 8, Windows RT, Windows 8.1, and Windows RT 8.1.

Note   Note
When Peek is turned on, you can use it by:

Pressing Windows :winkey: + , (comma) keys

OR

While on the desktop, move and hover your pointer over the Show desktop button (invisible) at the far end of the taskbar to the right of the clock.


EXAMPLE: Peek at Desktop in Windows 8
Normal.jpg Example.jpg







OPTION ONE
To Turn Peek On or Off from Show Desktop Button

1. While on the desktop, right click on the Show desktop button, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)​
Step-2.jpg High_Contrast_Themes.jpg
2. To Turn Off Peek
A) Click/tap on Peek at desktop to uncheck it.​
3. To Turn On Peek
NOTE: This is the default setting.
A) Click/tap on Peek at desktop to check it.​





OPTION TWO
To Turn Peek On or Off in Taskbar Properties

1. While on the desktop, right click or press and hold on the taskbar, and click/tap on Properties.​
2. In the Taskbar tab, do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)​
3. To Turn Off Peek
A) Uncheck the Use Peek to preview the desktop... box, and click/tap on OK.​

4. To Turn On Peek
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Check the Use Peek to preview the desktop... box, and click/tap on OK.​

Step-1.jpg






OPTION THREE
To Turn Peek On or Off in Visual Effects

NOTE: This option will also turn taskbar thumbnail live previews on or off.
1. Open Visual Effects, and do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot below)​
3. To Turn Off Peek
NOTE: This will gray out the settings in OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO above.​
A) Uncheck the Enable Aero Peek box, and click /tap on OK.​

4. To Turn On Peek
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Check the Enable Aero Peek box, and click/tap on OK.​

VE.jpg




OPTION FOUR
To Turn Peek On or Off using a BAT File


Note   Note
The .bat files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

DisablePreviewDesktop DWORD

0 = Turn on
1 = Turn off


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Turn On Peek
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click\tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_On_Peek.bat
download
3. To Turn Off Peek
A) Click\tap on the Download button below to download the .bat file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Turn_Off_Peek.bat
download

4. Save the .bat file to your desktop, and run it.​
5. If prompted, click\tap on Run.​
NOTE: If you like, you can stop getting the Run prompt by unblocking the downloaded .bat file.​
6. You will now notice your screen flicker as explorer is restarted.​


That's it,
Shawn


 
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AmigaRoots

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Thanks, it think it was disabled by default for me.
 

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Did all that stuff, it's supposed to be disabled, every item you list here for the post-disable state is exactly the same; yet still Peek is working. I've rebooted several times, too. I thought maybe there would be an override in gpedit.msc, but there's no options for 'Peek' in it. Searched on 'taskbar' and didn't find anything related. The only thing I can think of is that I installed Classic Menu to make Windows 8 navigable, but it has no preset to enable Peek, either.

So I'm stumped. If you have any ideas on where I should look next, I'd be grateful! Thank you!
 

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Hello Brainout,

Please go ahead and post some screenshots of what you're seeing to see if it may help to ID an issue. :)
 

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I like peek at desktop, one feature reminds me of days of Windows 7 and Aero, option 2 did not work though, others do. Thanks Brink
 

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I've found that it's best to make sure that you have Peek enabled or disabled in all options since one option could override the other.
 

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jds63

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I've found that it's best to make sure that you have Peek enabled or disabled in all options since one option could override the other.
O.k. Brink, i like peek feature, leaving it on, i see what you mean tried option 2 it was still working. Unless i may have to reboot to take affect.
 

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