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windows 7As you know, In Windows 7 if you hover the mouse cursor over the Show Desktop button, you will be able to “peek” your Windows desktop. As a matter of fact, by performing such  action, all the open windows will be temporarily hidden and only their outlines will be visible. Let’s see how to change and delay the time in your new Windows 7 Aero Peek to meet your needs.

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the Search Box, type regedit and press Enter.
  3. If  the UAC prompt appears, simply click  Yes.
  4. Navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Explorer\Advanced
  5. Now, right click any blank space on the right pane.
  6. A menu should appear. Click New and select DWORD.
  7. Name this new DWORD DesktopLivePreviewHoverTime
  8. Now, double-click this new DWORD.
  9. Select Base as Decimal and enter the your favorite number. This number expresses the lapse of time in milliseconds, so if you want the Windows 7 Aero Peek to delay 3 seconds, you will have to input 3000.
  10. Exit regedit and restart your computer for the change to take effect!

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One Comment to “How to change Windows 7 Aero Peek delay time”

  1. tblount Says:

    Couldn’t get this one to work. There is a 32 and 64 bit option when you click New…. leads me to think this is an older tweak that needs to be reworked for Windows 7.

    The 64 bit option didn’t matter to my 64 bit Win 7.

    Why not just get it working and post the regkey to import. That’s not only solid but WAY easier for most people. It could contain both 32 and 64 bit keyes since the one of the keys would be ignored anyway.

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