Backdrop Alternatives

    Backdrop is described as 'simple utility to fill your screen with a giant blank window. Fill the window with a solid color or a custom image, your choice'. There are six alternatives to Backdrop for Mac and Windows. The best alternative is Pliim, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Backdrop are HazeOver (Paid), LeDimmer (Free), Dropcloth (Free, Open Source) and Clutter Cloak (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 18, 2019

    1. One click and be ready to go up on stage and present!.
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    2. Too many windows to manage? Big display? Or getting lost in multiple monitors? HazeOver is for you! ? TRIAL version: Get rid of distractions and focus on your current task. HazeOver automatically highlights the front app window by dimming all background windows.
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    3. LeDimmer is a small Windows application (<200KB) that sits in the system tray and simply dims the screen around the foreground window.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Windows only: Instantly blank out your desktop and all of your running apps with Dropcloth, a Windows copy of previously mentioned Mac-only app Backdrop.
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    4. Clutter Cloak is a tiny anti-distraction program for Windows XP. It is activated by a configurable hotkey, then obscures everything on the screen except the child window immediately under the mouse pointer. (By default the hotkey is Ctrl-F11.


      Official website inaccessible but download still available at download sites.

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      • FreeProprietary
      • Mac
      Hide desktop icons with a single click.
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