Suppose a situation where you are browsing the internet using multiple browsers with multiple tabs open while in office and chatting with friends on various IM messengers, now suddenly you feel that your boss or co-worker is coming, what will you do? Will you spend the next 30 seconds closing all windows and chat clients?
Instant Hidden Internet is a lifesaver in such situations. It is a dead-simple utility with a clean interface. I have to admit that from the User Interface it seems like an app from Windows 2000. But keeping the User Interface aside, the app works brilliantly otherwise.
First and foremost you have to select the action that should be performed when the hotkey is pressed. There are two options in this case – Hide/Show and Close.
Next, you need to choose the browsers and the IM clients that it should Hide/Close when the hotkey is pressed, you can select multiple apps. It supports a large number of browsers and IM clients.
Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer, Ace Explorer, AOL, Avant Browser, Firefox, Flock, Google Chrome, Maxthon, NetCaptor, Netscape Navigator, Offline Explorer, Opera, Safari, Slim Browser, and others.
Supported Instant Messenger Clients: AIM (AOL), ICQ, MSN Messenger, Trillian, Yahoo! Messenger, and Windows Live Messenger.
When done, you have to then define a custom hotkey sequence. The sequence can be performed by pressing 2 buttons minimum and 3 maximum, depending on whatever you have selected.
Additionally you will find options to Hide/Show Folder Windows and Mute Volume. The Mute Volume can come useful if you were listening to some music and want it to get muted instantly.
There are two separate downloads available, one for Windows before 2000 and other for Windows after 2000. I have tested it on Windows 7 as well and it works great. Enjoy!
Note: Make sure you have downloaded the right version, for Windows 7 it would be the first download link.