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Peeking at the Desktop

The final section of the Windows 7 taskbar is the Peek button. This access another new feature of Windows 7 dubbed Aero Peek. Hover your cursor over this button (actually a thin translucent slice at the very end of the taskbar), and all the open windows on your desktop go transparent so that you can see the contents of the desktop below.

Click the Peek button, and all your open windows minimize. It's a nifty way to quickly view or access the gadgets and icons on your desktop.

Figure 4 Aero Peek in action

Summary: Loving or Hating the New Taskbar

Microsoft says that one of the engineering goals with Windows 7 was to put things you use all the time at your fingertips. This is exactly what the new taskbar does.

The new taskbar lets you quickly access your favorite programs and manage all open programs and documents. It also removes the clutter of the previous taskbar's notification area, displaying only the most useful icons. It's cleaner and offers more control—what's not to like?

For a sneak peek at the Windows 7 Taskbar in action, see Michael Miller's video, Windows 7 Taskbar Video Walkthrough.

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