How to Turn On or Off Peek at Desktop

Peek at desktop is not enabled by default in Windows 10. However, you can enable it if you prefer. Let’s start.

Method #1

Right-click the “Show desktop” button in the taskbar beside the action center.

Here are the two options available: Peek at desktop and Show desktop. Click on “Peek at desktop.”


  • When the “Peek at desktop” option is ticked, it is on.
  • Follow the steps above to revert.

Method #2

Open the taskbar settings.

Enable the toggle switch beneath “Use Peek to preview the desktop when you move your mouse to the Show desktop button at the end of the taskbar.”

You can find this one between Use small taskbar buttons and Replace Command Prompt with Windows PowerShell in the menu when I right-click the Start button or press Windows key+X.

Note: To revert, disable the toggle switch above.

Method #3

Open the Registry Editor.

Before proceeding, I recommend taking a backup of the Registry.

Go to the following: HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Explorer > Advanced.

Locate DisablePreviewDesktop and double-click it.

Enter 0 if you want to turn it on and 1 if you’re going to turn it off in the Value data field.

Hit the OK button.

Restart the File Explorer.

That’s all.

I hope this guide, “How to Turn On or Off Peek at Desktop,” is helpful to you.

Thanks for reading.