Update: Windows Hidie is no longer available. The developer website has been abandoned and downloads are nowhere to be found on the Internet. We suggest you check out an alternative such as Magic Boss Key instead which is available for free for recent and even not so recent versions of Windows. End
Hiding Windows can be something that you would like to do for several reasons. The most obvious is of course that you do not want to show an open window to someone who walks by your computer, be it supervisor or wife. It can also help remove windows out of sight that require no interaction but popup during system startup.
Windows Hidie is a 17 Kilobyte program that runs under Windows XP SP2 and all Windows Vista editions. It id capable of hiding pretty much any window, not just the ones that you have opened in Windows.
It displays lots of system windows as well which may be a bit confusing for inexperienced users. My advice would be to check out the file names if you are unsure about an entry.Most windows that you want to hide have descriptive titles on the other hand, say uTorrent or Firefox so that you can identify them easily using the Windows Hidie interface.
Checking a window and clicking on hide hides the window on the system. The reference however is still visible in Windows Hidie so that you can display it again if you need to. The process in the task manager, if there is one, is also still visible of course which means that others with access to your PC may still notice that the program is running on it.
The best feature however is the option to hide windows on startup. This ensures that the selected program windows are hidden automatically whenever Windows is started and not only for the active session.
Three shortcuts are provided while Windows Hidie is running. You can hide the active window by pressing Windows Z, Windows S shows all hidden windows again and Windows A displays or hides Windows Hidie.
The version of Windows Hidie is only 0.1 and I would like to propose a few changes that would improve the application. A way to filter windows would be nice, maybe implement a default filter that won't display all those windows system windows that are only confusing. I would also like to see a way to mark more than one window at once and hide them together.
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