Be it a privacy related issue or the need to work in a distraction-free zone it becomes necessary, at times, to hide the contents of the screen and leave only a small portion of the window active for use. The desired effect can be achieved with Universal Darkroom – an application and AutoHotkey script.
If you have already installed AutoHotkey on to your computer simply download the Universal Darkroom script and double-click on it to start the application. It is a simple and user-friendly application that requires no code tweaking. Universal Darkroom has a help window too, that instructs you on how to use the application.
Once enabled, the user-friendly application will let you perform its main operation i.e. darken a screen by doing a right-click in any corner of the screen and choosing the ‘Define New Border’ option. Alternatively, one can use AutoHotkey icon residing in the system tray to perform the same operation.
Select the window to which you wish to apply the effect and make the border adjustments in a small tweak box that will appear after the entire screen turns black to show or hide the required portion.
Displacing the program from the current position on the screen will take it out of the view. If you want to shift the position of the program, you will have to cancel the script, move the window and re-start it. Click on the ‘Cancel’ button to exit. The crafty script handles the task of switching back to different applications really well.
Universal Darkroom application is developed by Liang – a LifeHacker reader, to help you to keep focused on the work with minimal distractions. It is compatible with all the versions of Windows OS and requires AutoHotkey as the only prerequisite.