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#148 Windows Aero: Snap, Peek and Shake

February 04, 2013

Learn how use Windows Aero to improve your desktop experience. Snap two windows side-by-side for easy viewing, peek to see your desktop with a single move of the mouse, and shake one window to hide the rest. These features work great with IE 9, and can be used for virtually every other Windows program as well.

Snap, Peek and Shake are features of Windows Aero that all you to easily manage and organize your windows.


Snap is a quick way to resize open windows, simply by dragging them to the edges of your screen.

Depending on where you drag a window, you can make it expand vertically, take up the entire screen, or appear side-by-side with another window.


Peek allows you to peer past all your open windows straight to the Windows 7 desktop. Simply point to the end of the taskbar and watch open windows instantly turn transparent, revealing all your hidden icons and gadgets.

To quickly reveal a buried window, point to its taskbar thumbnail. Now only that window shows on the desktop.


Ever need to cut through a cluttered desktop and quickly focus on a single window? Just click the top of a pane and give your mouse a shake. Every open window except that one instantly disappears.