Week in Geek: The Stupid Geek Tricks to Hide Extra Windows Edition

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By Lowell Heddings on November 7th, 2009

One of my favorite little features in Windows 7 is the shortcut key combination that hides all the open windows except for the one you are working on. It’s a great way to clear out the extra window clutter. Also, Wave invites.

Hiding Extra Windows

So, you’re using Windows 7 and you’ve got loads of stuff open on your screen. No matter, just press the Win+Home keyboard shortcut…


And all the windows hide except for the one you were using. Useful! But you probably already knew that…


What you didn’t think about is that there’s probably an easier way to use that shortcut key combination. Instead of using Win+Home, I prefer to use the Win+H shortcut combination since it’s easier to use without moving my fingers off the main row.

What we’ll do is create a really simple AutoHotkey script to do just that. You’ll need to make sure AutoHotkey is installed, then create a new .ahk script (you can use the New –> AutoHotkey script item on the context menu).

Next you’ll paste in some boilerplate code:

SetKeyDelay, –1

And then here’s the line that actually does the work. When you press Win+H, which in AutoHotkey language is #h, it will use the Send function to push down the Windows key, press the Home key, and then release the Windows key. (of course, your keyboard keys won’t actually move. This isn’t an auto-play piano).

#h::Send,{LWin down}{Home}{LWin up}

Once you’ve created the script you can double-click it, and the shortcut key should start working immediately.

Oh, so you aren’t using Windows 7 yet? Well you can still get Mac’s Hide Others (cmd+opt+H) Keyboard Shortcut for Windows.

Wave Invites? Who Said Wave Invites?

We were given 20 invites to the Google Wave preview, and we offered them up to the readers. Out of a whopping 454 total comments requesting a login, we’ve picked 22 people that we’ll send an invitation to Google Wave.

Fuzzy math! And yes, we are aware that 22 > 20, but reader Xander volunteered to give up 2 of his invites as well, bringing the total to 22. He’s also on Twitter, in case you are wondering what generous soul would do such a thing. Thanks Xander!

Note: Google Wave invitations are being manually approved on Google’s end of things, so be patient.

The Weekly Random Links, Courtesy of Tiny Hacker

This is just a sampling of the random geekery over at Tiny Hacker this week. Want them in your feed reader or inbox each day? Head over to TinyHacker and subscribe.

image Got Carpal Tunnel? Instead of Getting Off the PC, Install an App to Help!
image Tweak the Windows 7 Taskbar Behavior the Easy Way
image BetterPrivacy Clears Out those Hidden Flash Tracking Cookies
image Power Up Your Firefox Tabs the Lightweight Way
image Fun Logic Game: Stuck in a Room With 2 People
image Find and Recover Those Files You Didn’t Mean to Delete
image Share One Mouse and Keyboard with Multiple PCs
image Save Firefox Bookmark Searches to Make Dynamic Folders
image 99 freeware programs to trick out your PC
image Turn Task Manager Into a CPU Usage Widget
image Complete Guide to Windows 7 Libraries
image Add CPU and Memory Meters to Your Windows 7 Taskbar

Super User has Super Questions with Super Answers… Super!

More great stuff from Super User, as usual.

Did I use the same joke last week? I vaguely think I did. Oh well.

Last Year in Geek

One year ago, we were being lazy and not posting nearly enough. Here’s a couple of the interesting things that we did post during our non-lazy time.

The Weekly Geek Note

You would think I would have gone with C# instead of B flat.

Lowell Heddings, better known online as the How-To Geek, spends all his free time bringing you fresh geekery on a daily basis. You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/7/09
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