HMW – Hide my Windows v3

HMW is a free program to hide away the Windows on your desktop. With HMW you can set any program Window as hidden, while the program itself will run silently in the background. Additionally all the Hotkeys used can be customized to your needs.

  • With HMW you can improve your “Visual Privacy”. No-one looking at your desktop will see instantly what programs you’re running anymore.
  • You can hide away programs which have long processing runs, cluttering your desktop and impairing the overall usability.
  • HMW is fully portable, the settings are stored in a “hmw.ini” file created in the program’s directory.

If you find any bugs or limitations please let me know.

If you want to use this on Linux but are unable to find suitable software, then checkout mapmywindows, a program which was directly inspired by this tool and was made to fill the gap. It is available under MIT license and you can download it free of cost just like HMW!

License & Disclaimer

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    It works fine at least on the 32bit XP SP3, Win7 64bit, Win8.1 64bit and Win10 machines I tested it on.

    Thanks to all these great guys from the forum, providing excellent UDFs or snippets of code I use in HMW:

    Ascend4nt, Prog@ndy, UEZ, Yashied, Tuape & wraithdu.

    Used AutoIt Versions

    • AU up to HMW 1.4
    • AU up to HMW 1.5
    • AU from HMW 2.0
    • AU from HMW v3