There is no need to hide processes or program windows on your system if you are the only one working on it and if there is no chance of anyone catching a glimpse of the programs you have open on the computer.
If you are working in an office, with a notebook in a public place, at home with your family around or in any other location where others may see what you are working on, you may find a program like NCS WinVisible useful as it provides you with tools to hide or even kill program windows with a hotkey.
You need to install the program before you can run it on your system. Note that it requires the Microsoft .Net Framework 2.0 on the system.
It displays a list of all processes with windows that are currently running on the operating system.
What you need to do now is select one or multiple processes that you want to hide or kill when you press the program's hotkeys.
Only hotkeys to hide and show selected program windows are configured by default. You use Shift-Alt-H to hide windows and Shift-Alt-S to show them again on the desktop. If you want kill functionality, you need to configure that in the program preferences.
The program is really easy to work with and windows of selected processes are instantly hidden when you hit the hotkey. Hidden means that the window itself is no longer displayed in the taskbar of the system.
It does show up in the Task Manager though, so that it works best if someone can just watch the monitor screen but not interact with the computer itself. That's where the killing hotkey may come in handy though.
Note that killing program windows may prevent them from saving information to the system which means that you may lose unsaved work or run into other issues like problems with your browser's session restore feature.
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