Many of us work with information on our computers that we don’t want anyone else to see, be it confidential financial data, some personal communication, or a website that would freak other people out. There can be hundreds of such scenarios where you don’t want anyone to peek at what you’re doing on our computer and in such situations, it can prove useful if you’re able to quickly hide the active window, making it vanish from the taskbar as well. HiddeX is a tiny (about 270KB in size), portable freeware app for Windows that can easily hide any running program or window such as a web browser, game, document, video player etc. using mouse or keyboard shortcuts.
The application does a great job of hiding the specified window from the desktop without closing it, and also makes it disappear from the taskbar. With one single mouse click (or keyboard hotkey, should you choose to specify one), it can hide and restore a window. It comprises of a simple, barebones UI and runs straight from its portable EXE file.
Getting started with HiddeX is easy as pie. Launch the program and you will see a list of applications that are currently running on your computer in then upper pane. Below that is another pane for the windows that you want to hide. All you need to do is double click your desired item from the upper pane to add it to the Hide pane.
HiddeX also lets you specify the type of programs or services you want to hide. The Type section highlighted in the screenshot below basically allows you to switch among Windows Text, Windows Classes and Process via clicking the pertaining radio button. This is a solid feature that makes the program hide background process as well.
The second interesting aspect of the tool is that you can hide windows swiftly via keyboard shortcuts as well as the mouse. All you have to do is press the hotkey combination after clicking the H/S field, and hit apply. When it comes to the mouse, you can pick middle mouse key, scroll wheel, or the gesture of taking the mouse curser to the corner for the purpose.
You can also specify HiddeX’s behavior for when it launches i.e. hide window, and activate hotkeys for mouse and keyboard. In addition, there are a few advanced parameters such as autorun, mute, quickly hide, hide tray icon and get focus that you can use to set everything the way you want.
HiddeX is available for free and can be grabbed from the developer’s website. It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Window 7 and Windows 8.