See What’s Behind A Window With A Quick Keystroke

See What’s Behind A Window With A Quick Keystroke

Windows 7 has a lot of neat new features (such as Aero Peek) that help you see what’s behind a window, but reader Verygoodyear shares a very simple, one-key solution for any Windows version that, surprisingly, is new to us.

When moving a window in Windows, if you move the window, keep your finger held down on the mouse and then press Esc, it puts it back where you got it from.

Some of you may have known about this before, but we were a little shocked when we read Verygoodyear’s tip — it’s perfect for checking what’s going on behind the front-most one without disrupting your window layout and you don’t need to activate Aero Peek to do it. Were we just incredibly slow on the uptake on this one (it works all the way back to XP), or is this simple-but-useful shortcut new to you, as well? Let’s hear it in the comments.


  • I have used that for years, but only very rarely, as i work in maximised windows 99.99% of the time, its easier to minimise the window and restore it again (generally by using a single click on the task bar button to min and a single click to max) than to unmaximise and move it and press escape then maximise it again. Or if i know the window is 1 layer down in the z-order, i use a single alt tab to bring it to front and a single alt tab again to get back.

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