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Is there a free and stable solution satisfying this kind of need and preferably having a menu bar to let the user to exclude a particular app?

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Is this for when the Boss is coming? :-) – Joe Taylor Nov 11 '10 at 15:47
ahahahahahahahah lol :) – Yuval Jun 30 '12 at 23:34
up vote 8 down vote accepted

To hide all applications except for the currently active one, go to the current application menu next to the Apple menu (in bold text e.g. Chrome) and select Hide Others, or ⌥⌘H.

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Clicking on a dock icon with Command and Option down also effects switching applications and hiding everything else. – Chris Johnsen Nov 11 '10 at 21:40

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