Sometimes I want to minimize distractions on the screen. It is easy for some applications, browsers and pdf readers usually have a fullscreen option.

Is there a way/software to only show one application and hide everything else (including taskbar) for Windows?


Some utilities by Skrommel :


Make all windows but the active one transparent.


  • User defined transparency level.
  • Can ignore always ontop windows.
  • Won't make parent windows transparent while children is active.


Dims all windows except the active one.


  • Place a transparent image across the screen.
  • Highly configurable.

You can right click on taskbar, properties, mark the automatically hide taskbar option. It will hide it until you carry the mouse cursor again to that area. You can set a different place for the taskbar, does not have to be in the lower area. For a fast minimizing of all windows, you can right click on taskbar, then hit 'Show desktop'.

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