Since the days of Windows 7, you could hover the mouse over the far right end of the taskbar and get a clean look at your desktop. Microsoft decided to turn this feature off by default, starting with Windows 8, and it’s off by default in Windows 10, too. Here’s how to enable it.
Note: This article has been updated to reflect the changes for Windows 10 Anniversary Update and above.
Enable Windows 10 Desktop Peek
First, right-click the taskbar and select Settings.
Then select Taskbar from the list on the left. Now, on the right, toggle the Peek option on.
If you’re still on Version 10586 (Legacy Version) you can use the following steps:
To turn it back on, right-click an empty area of the taskbar and select Properties.
Then under the Taskbar tab, check the box Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar and click OK.
That’s all there is to it! Now hover your mouse over the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar. You’ll just see transparent outlines of the windows you have open, which allows you to see the desktop.
If you came from Windows 7 to Windows 10 and were wondering why Desktop Peek didn’t work, using quick tip brings the feature back.
The Desktop Peek feature is great when you need to see what’s happening on your desktop when you have a million things open during a busy day. It is disabled by default, but turning it on is as simple as flipping a switch in Settings. You just need to know where to look.