HIDE-IT!

Type of program: Desktop/Toolbar utility
Supported platforms: Windows 95/NT
Company Name: (c) 1996 By German Salvador
Revision date: 5/8/96
Price: Freeware
Installed Size: 156kb including readme.

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I suppose that with the advent of internet accessibility we will see a lot more of this type of software it could be called convenience-ware, what hide-it does is hide any icons, windows or minimised windows it even removes them from the ALT-TAB chain, this is ideal if you run programs that don't need monitoring once set, up like clipboard extension programs, MS-Exchange, CD-players that kind of thing. It is an amazingly stable program and seems to have covered every eventuality if you double click on a place on the desktop
where a hidden icon is placed it brings up the Start Menu. It is a surprisingly small program needing only one executable and an icon in the system tray which you right click on to configure what to hide.
There are all sorts of desktop managers and virtual desktop programs but I have yet to see anything as simple, easy to use and above all as free as this program. The only bad points are that you have to type in the name of the window you want to hide and the icon that it puts in the system tray a small wall with a nose and fingers poking over it but then nothing is perfect.
To install this simply copy the executable and the readme if you
want to into a directory put a shortcut to it in the Startup group and configure which windows and icons you want to hide.

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Reviewed by Grant Smith


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