AppSwitcher hides your Mac's messy windows while you're sharing your screen

MacBook Pro 2018
MacBook Pro 2018 (Image credit: iMore)

What you need to know

  • AppSwitcher hides everything except the active app and your wallpaper.
  • The app is best used when sharing your screen so everyone can focus on the app you're trying to show.

A new app fixes a problem that a lot of people might not realize they have, but will do once they see what it does. AppSwitcher does just one thing — it hides everything except your currently active app and the desktop wallpaper behind it.

At first, you might wonder why that's something anyone would need. But imagine this — you're doing a presentation and showing people slides in Keynote. Then, you need to switch to another app but doing so means either Keynote stays open behind it, or you end up showing people the mess that is your particular brand of window management. With AppSwitcher, changing apps will instantly hide everything else so nobody ever has to see the clutter.

Check out this video to see what I'm getting at, and you'll understand why this could be a lifesaver for those who share their screens with others.

Pretty cool, right? AppSwitcher is a simple app but it does what it needs to, and it does it well. You can download AppSwitcher from the App Store right now and it's priced at just $2.99.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.