Windows 7 Features: Aero Snap, Aero Peek and Aero Shake

If you just upgraded your operating system from XP to Windows 7, you probably noticed a huge difference in your computer’s appearance. For instance the blue framework has disappeared to be replace by a smooth, sleek, glass appearance. That is part of Microsoft’s Aero feature called Aero Glass. If you have upgraded from Vista, then you are familiar with Aero Glass but with Windows 7 there are a few more features called Aero Peek, Aero Shake and Aero Snap. Take a look at how these features can be fun and save time!

Aero Peek

Aero Peek is like “looking through the glass” which means if there are several programs running on your desktop, by clicking on the small glass corner on your desktop you will be able to see right through all the programs and see your desktop without closing any of the programs. Here is how it works:

  1. Open up several different games. First open Solitaire by clicking on the Start button and typing in Sol in the Search Box.
  2. Click on Solitaire to open. If Solitaire opens and maximizes (fills up the screen) click the restore button in the top right corner (between the minus sign and the Red X). This will shrink Solitaire into a smaller window.
  3. Next open Spider Solitaire by clicking on Start and typing Spi in the Search Box.
  4. Click on Spider Solitaire to open and if it opens full screen follow step 2 and shrink the window by restoring.
  5. Last open Mahjong Titans by clicking on Start and typing Ma in the Search Box.
  6. Click on Mahjong to open and if it opens full screen follow step 2 and shrink the window by restoring.
  7. There should be 3 games on your desktop, so you cannot see your desktop completely.
  8. To use Aero Peek, take your mouse pointer and move it to the bottom right corner of your desktop.
  9. Point to the small rectangle beside the time and date without clicking and the games will become transparent and the desktop can be seen.Aero Peek button
  10. Click on the rectangle and all your games will be minimized (sent to the taskbar, not closed).
  11. Click a second time and all your games will reappear on your desktop.

Now you have just had a Peek at Aero Peek!

Aero Shake

Are you like me and have several programs/games/folders open at one time and decide all of a sudden you don’t want to see all that is on your screen but just one program?  Do you wish you could just shake them down? Wish no more because that is exactly what Aero Shake can do, it gets rid of everything on your screen except the one program that you decide is worthy to remain open. Here is how it works:

  1. If you still have all three games open, skip to step 9.
  2. Open up several different games. First open Solitaire by clicking on the Start button and typing in Sol in the Search Box.
  3. Click on Solitaire to open. If Solitaire opens and maximizes (fills up the screen) click the restore button in the top right corner (between the minus sign and the Red X). This will shrink Solitaire into a smaller window.
  4. Next open Spider Solitaire by clicking on Start and typing Spi in the Search Box.
  5. Click on Spider Solitaire to open and if it opens full screen follow step 2 and shrink the window by restoring.
  6. Last open Mahjong Titans by clicking on Start and typing Ma in the Search Box.
  7. Click on Mahjong to open and if it opens full screen follow step 2 and shrink the window by restoring.
  8. There should be 3 games on your desktop, so you cannot see your desktop completely.
  9. Place your mouse pointer on one game’s title bar (very top clear bar that runs across the top of the window, see orange arrow below), for instance place your mouse pointer at the top of the Solitaire window:Window Title Bar
  10. Left click and hold then Shake! As you shake while holding on to Solitaire the other games will minimize down to the task bar.
  11. Shake again and the other two games will restore back to your desktop!

NOTE: Aero Shake can be used when programs are in a maximized state (full screen), the example used screens that were in a restored or smaller window so that you could visualize the Aero Shake.

Now you can say you have learned the Aero Shake!

Aero Snap

I often use the internet to compare items or sometimes I have two different games going at the same time! Aero Snap makes it easier to view two windows at the same time without having to manually adjust each window. Here is how how it works:

  1. If you still have two of the games open skip to step 6.
  2. Open up two different games. First open Solitaire by clicking on the Start button and typing in Sol in the Search Box.
  3. Click on Solitaire to open. If Solitaire opens and maximizes (fills up the screen) click the restore button in the top right corner (between the minus sign and the Red X).  This will shrink Solitaire into a smaller window.
  4. Next open Spider Solitaire by clicking on Start and typing Spi in the Search Box.
  5. Click on Spider Solitaire to open and if it opens full screen follow step 2 and shrink the window by restoring.
  6. Place the mouse pointer on Solitaire’s title bar (see above step 9 in Aero Shake for visual)
  7. Hold down the left mouse button while on Solitaire’s title bar and drag the Solitaire window to the far right side of the computer screen.
  8. When you see an Aero Glass pane that takes up 50% of the computer screen release the left mouse button and Solitaire will fill up the Aero Glass window pane.
  9. Left click and hold on Spider Solitaire’s title bar and drag Spider Solitaire to the far left side of the computer screen.
  10. When the Aero Glass pane appears release the left mouse button and Spider Solitaire will be on the left side of the computer screen and Solitaire will appear on the right side.

NOTE: Aero Snap also works with windows that are maximized (full screen) just place your mouse pointer on the title bar and drag window to the side until the Aero Glass appears, then release.

That is called Aero Snap!