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Windows 7 uses a group of features called Windows Aero. Aero is a visual desktop experience that combines translucent windows, appealing color and graphics effects with convenient functionality. Aero includes Snap, Peek, Shake and Flip.
Watch the video to learn how the Aero features work on the desktop.
Snap allows you to resize open windows to make reviewing and comparing easier.
Side-by-side Snap view
- Place the mouse at the top of the window, drag to the left or right of the screen, wait for the transparent window to appear and let go.
- Your window should Snap into place.
- To return to the full view, Snap the window to the top of the screen.
You can view your open windows on the taskbar by using Peek. Simply scroll the mouse over the taskbar icons and a thumbnail preview of the open windows will appear.
- Hover the mouse over the windows in Peek and the full window will appear on your screen.
- Click on the Peek preview to open the window or click on the "X" to close the window from the Peek view.
Previewing a window with Aero Peek
When your desktop is cluttered with open windows, you can use Shake to select a single window and close the rest.
- Click on the top of the window you want to focus on, Shake it and the rest of the windows will disappear.
- Simply Shake the window again and the closed windows will reappear.
Shake to clear screen
Flip and Flip 3D are two more ways you can preview your open windows.
- Press and hold the Alt key and then press Tab to open the Flip view of your open windows.
- While still pressing the Alt key, you can Flip through the open windows by pressing the Tab key.
- Stop on the window you want to open and it will appear on the full screen.
Aero Flip 3D
- Press and hold the Windows key and then press Tab for a 3D version of Flip.
- Use the Tab key or Arrow keys to Flip through your open windows.
Instead of holding down the Windows key, you can press Control + Windows key and then press Tab. You can then release all of the keys and Flip 3D will stay open.