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Editors' Review

Hide is an ingenious program that allows users to hide various windows with the press of a button. Unfortunately, the program's unintuitive interface makes some of its features difficult to use, which is a major drawback.

The program's interface is basic, with a box labeled Currently Hidden Windows and another labeled Program Group. It's not immediately clear what a user should do from here, and there's no Help file, but a bit of clicking around reveals that the meat of the program's functions is contained in the Settings. Here, users can set hot keys for a variety of functions, including hiding active windows, showing all windows, and changing the active window's title (a sneaky and useful feature). Unfortunately, the functions involving the Program Group aren't entirely clear. There are multiple references to Program Groups, but we're not sure if this means that Hide hides all instances of a particular program--all Word documents, for example--or if you can specify that you want to hide, for instance, Firefox and Solitaire. This part of the program is where a Help file would really come in handy. We fiddled and fiddled with the Program Group options and just couldn't get anything to happen. The other options that allowed us to hide windows one at a time were still useful, but we were disappointed that we couldn't take advantage of all the program's features.

Hide is free. It comes as a ZIP file and is accessible after extraction with no need to install. Despite a few difficult features, we recommend this program to all users.

 
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Full Specifications

General

Publisher Shaladar
Publisher web site http://shaladar.freehostia.com
Release Date August 12, 2008
Date Added September 08, 2009
Version 3.4

Category

Category Home Software
Subcategory Miscellaneous Home Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7
Additional Requirements None

Download Information

File Size 30.71KB
File Name Hide.zip

Popularity

Total Downloads 14,879
Downloads Last Week 8

Pricing

License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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