If you’re trying to quickly hide applications from both the desktop and the Alt-Tab screen, Hide-it! is a program that can do that with minimum effort.
Once you launch it, the app places an icon in the Windows System Tray in order to provide one-click access to both the configuration screen and the separate menu for hiding the running programs.
Right-clicking the Tray icon shows the active applications and clicking any of them hides it instantly, while clicking it again brings the window back on the Taskbar and in the Alt-Tab screen.
There are only a few configuration settings available, but it’s very important to mention that Hide-it! lets you define special rules to automatically hide user-defined windows.
Of course, the app runs flawlessly on all Windows versions on the market, including on Windows 7, without even asking for administrator privileges.
The problem however is that the app sometimes crashes all of a sudden when trying to restore some of the windows. Still, it’s a good thing that you can control as many windows as you want, without any significant impact on the overall computer stability.
Overall, Hide-it! is an interesting project that needs further improvements to become a much more attractive product.
It has the essential features to quickly hide windows, but professional users clearly expect many more configuration options, as well a fast way to quickly hide an active window. Hotkey support could help a lot in this regard.
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