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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching Apps
My favorite macro utility is iKey from Script Software. I use it to type my name, address, email and other simple tasks. However, I found another use that allowed me to drop a third-party hack. When I switch from application to application, I only want to see the windows of the active app and not the clutter of the others in the background. So I created the following macro in iKey...

I first created a new sequence in the iKey editor and set the General timing preference to "Programmed 'After Activation.'" In the sequence settings, I dragged a Keyboard command and set it to "Type, Press, Release Keys." The keys it was set to press were "Option-Command-H".

Now, whenever I change from application to application, I only see that app's windows. To bypass this, I can deactivate iKeys with a hotkey, or just select "Show All" from the menu.

[robg adds: There are a number of additional apps that implement a "hide when switching" behavior -- DragThing is what I use on my PowerBook, where screen real estate is most precious -- but there are others as well.]
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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: luhmann on Feb 17, '05 11:17:22AM
Quicksilver does the same thing.

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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: michaelj on Feb 17, '05 11:36:04AM

If you use Keyboard Maestro, there is a simple checkbox for hiding apps when switching. No need for a macro.



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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: elfkinz on Feb 17, '05 01:33:34PM

I may be missing something, but other than this being a keyboard shortcut, why not just hold the Option key while clicking another app in the Dock?



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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 18, '05 05:15:42PM

Why not? Because if you know you want your Mac to do this every time, you can [and should] spare yourself the effort of repeating that two-handed maneuver you described.

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AutoHide
Authored by: gatorparrots on Feb 18, '05 01:09:44AM
AutoHide v1.3.8
AutoHide is a simple background application that will automatically hide applications after you switch out of them. This is convent if you work with applications that have many windows and switch between them often. AutoHide will automatically hide your other applications, reducing screen clutter and making a cleaner work environment.

Download OS X Version (1.5 MB)
Freeware

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AutoHide
Authored by: shidoshi on Feb 18, '05 01:59:59AM
Unfortunately, AutoHide has gotten nothing but buggy as newer versions of Mac OSX have come out. It has terrible problems about hiding system-level messages and events, such as the message that pops up when you try to log out. My recommendation would be Spirited Away. (Click the first link in the post to download.) Great little app. The only downside compared to AutoHide is that there is no mod key that you can hold down to temporarily turn it off. The menubar item has a toggle, though, so it isn't a huge deal. And, compared to AutoHide, Spirited Away is far smarted about what to hide and what not to hide. It works great, and you can even set the amount of delay you want when hiding apps after a switch.

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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: sneeka2 on Feb 18, '05 06:00:41AM
I use Spirited Away, which hides inactive apps after a specified amount of time. Much more useful, especially when using drag'n'drop between applications. http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/24877

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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: adrianm on Feb 18, '05 07:12:29AM

Holding option down when switching app does it too.



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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: webgodjj on Feb 18, '05 10:23:20AM
Ok... I might be dumb here but couldn't you do the same thing with function keys (using the built in apple keyboard control panel, and action scripts? Instead of "cycling" through your apps using the tab key, you could just hit one key and to that app... Just an idea

Also, some here have suggested holding down the option key, however, this only works in "mouse clicking" not cycling through apps using the tab key... Then again, I might not be 100% correct with this either...

Any apple scripters out there with a solution?

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Use iKey to auto-hide apps when switching
Authored by: osxpounder on Feb 18, '05 05:11:26PM

I've got an old app called "ASM" [it might actually be called "ASM Switcher"] that does this, in addition to providing the pre-OSX style of application menu in the menu bar, near the clock. It has since vanished from the Internet, but I find my old copy from years back continues to work in 10.3.8.

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