You can automatically hide the taskbar in Windows so that it only becomes visible if you move your mouse over the area where it is hidden. This is extremely practical if you want to make most of your computer screen. Panel Hider takes that concept and provides the feature for any open window in Windows. I'm saying any although it probably is not really working with every window, thinking about games and such that probably will not be compatible.
The feature can be useful if you work with applications that provide independent windows, say a color palette in Adobe Photoshop, the project manager in C++ builder and basically any other window that you need from time to time but not constantly. You could for instance add and hide a notepad window on the right side of the screen and use it to write down comments, remarks or to-dos.
The application is very simplistic, it provides only two shortcuts to hide applications and an interface where you can remove panels again. Pressing CTRL ALT A adds the panel of the active window to the list of panels that are automatically hidden when you move the window near one of the screen edges. The window automatically docks to the screen and minimizes itself.
Please note that I said panel and not window that is added to the list that gets automatically minimized. If you do that for an explorer window all explorer windows will have that behavior. It does not really matter for Notepad or other applications that you usually only open once though.
The second option is to press ALT A if the Panel Hider window is active and your mouse hovers over another window. The application adds an icon to the system tray providing options to restore the settings and to remove panels from the list of windows that are automatically processed.
Once the window is docked to the screen you can reveal it by simply moving the mouse over the title bar of the window. Yes that is right, the title bar will still be visible but the rest of the window won't be.
Update: The Panel Hider homepage is no longer available. We have uploaded the latest version of the program to our own server. You can download Panel Hider with a click on the following link: Panel Hider
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