Back in Windows 7, when one presses alt+tab the "Windows Flip" menu appears and if (s)he holds alt but stops pressing tab, a preview of the app appears. In Windows 10, the behaviour is different: the menu looks different (not sure if it can be still refered as "Windows Flip") and holding alt without pressing tab doesn't bring the preview. While I'm ok with the menu itself, I wonder if there's a way to bring the preivew back.

The problem is also described here; let me bring the screenshot from there to illustrate what preview I'm talking about:

Windows 7 showing alt-tab peekWindows 10 not showing alt-tab peek

(I add the windows-7 tag so that gentlemen familiar with its internals may help too)

PS As mentioned in comments, Aero Peek works for me for previewing desktop (when cursor hovers over bottom right corner thing on TaskBar); and also works with elements on TaskBar (hover mouse over an element → get a smaller preview; hover mouse over that preview → get full window preview which is what I miss when using alt+tab).

  • @Ramhound probably yes (although I'm not sure), but different elements of Windows 7 can be brought by third-party software, may be there's such a solution? I'm already using ClassicShell to get back Start Menu like in Windows 7..
    – YakovL
    May 3, 2016 at 18:21
  • My aplogizes. Just Right click on the taskbar and go to Properties and hit the checkbox next to Use Aero Peek to preview the desktop
    – Ramhound
    May 3, 2016 at 18:26
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    @Ramhound this checkbox is already checked on my PC.. Yes, Aero Peek works for desktop; but it doesn't work with the alt+tab interface.
    – YakovL
    May 3, 2016 at 18:30
  • I don't understand. Showing a screenshot from Windows 7 does not really clarify your question.
    – Ramhound
    May 3, 2016 at 18:38
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    I think it's possible with third party. However, your desired 'preview' is accessible from the Taskbar when you hover the cursor on the icon of one programme and hover again on the pop-up window's thumbnail. Perhaps you should mention this on your question so people know what are you describing.
    – Sanny
    May 4, 2016 at 13:45

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Sadly, no.

This is because only a few Aero effects actually continued on from Vista and 7

Those effects are Aero desktop peek, and Aero task-bar peek (names I just gave them to allow for most people to understand)

there might be some programs that return something similar, but they can't use ALT+TAB as it is now a protected system shortcut

I will request that feature in the Windows Feedback Hub for you, and I hoe the return the functionality, as it was very nice

  • I had seen another request and I also upvoted it in the Windows Feedback Hub
    – DanHolli
    Jan 15, 2017 at 16:13
  • Could you please add the exact names of your suggestion and of another that you've found, I'll go upvote them :)
    – YakovL
    Jan 16, 2017 at 23:22
  • @YakovL just search for it
    – DanHolli
    Jan 18, 2017 at 0:21

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