A typical session on my Mac means a dozen open apps, each with a window or two or three, and plenty of visual clutter. How can you get rid of all that screen clutter?
There are two simple ways. Both cheap. Both easy.
First, there’s the Mac way. In the app menu of, say, Safari you’ll see a selection to Hide Safari. Select it and Safari disappears from your view. It’s still there, but hidden.
Right below that selection in the Safari menu is Hide Others. Select it, and all the other apps and their windows– except Safari– also disappear from view. That gets rid of a lot of clutter on the screen.
Or, you could use the simple little app called Hides. Click the Hide All Apps selection, and, guess what? All the apps disappear from view and you see everything on your Mac’s Desktop.
That’s it. Your Mac’s screen is clean again.
Hides also has a user definable keyboard shortcut in the Preferences so you won’t be forced to mouse up to the Menubar, but instead you can hide everything using just the keyboard.
Fast, easy, simple, cheap. Hides doesn’t really close apps or windows. It just, well, hides them.