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Author Topic: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?  (Read 3454 times)

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Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« on: January 09, 2011, 05:11:32 AM »
Both Chrome and Photoshop (and a couple of other programs) already hide the Title Bar in order to save precious screen real state, but I was unable to find a utility that hides the Title Bar of any given window (or by default) in XP (or later).

I'm not a programmer, so this may be more difficult than I suppose it is. Why is is so difficult to hide the Title Bar?

In fact, why we still have Title Bars at all?
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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2011, 05:22:23 AM »
In fact, why we still have Title Bars at all?
To uniquely identify several instances of the same application, or find different applications holding nearly the same content (Wordprocessor and a pdf output of that same document? Which one to start editing...)

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2011, 10:34:41 AM »
To uniquely identify several instances of the same application, or find different applications holding nearly the same content (Wordprocessor and a pdf output of that same document? Which one to start editing...)

Quite specialized tasks, I would say; Taskbar icons could be probably used to the same effect without the redundancy.

And it still doesn't explain why it's so hard to hide the damn thing 8) .
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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2011, 11:25:21 AM »
And you would want to close, minimize or maximize all apps from their auto-hiding menu's (press Alt to bring that into view) or from their Taskbar icon (W7 assumed, without taskbar labels enabled) ??
How are you going to drag that window around your desktop if it doesn't have a 'handle' to drag it by?

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2011, 11:34:26 AM »
Egads, found one! Autoit executable, free:

Hidecaption 0.9

http://forum.eeeuser...ewtopic.php?id=76862

Ath, both Photoshop and Chrome have the same elegant solution for most of the problems you mention. I wish they were universally implemented!
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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2011, 12:31:37 PM »
Buy a monitor that is 0.25" taller?  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2011, 02:09:17 PM »
Indeed. I've recently bought a Dell UltraSharp U2311H with a 16.9 aspect ratio and oh boy -- do I miss those pixels in height!
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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2011, 02:13:36 PM »
I know what you mean. I just did a couple of weeks' work on a laptop at 1440x700 or so instead of my usual 1600x1200. That's when you really notice the programs that have huge hoggish ribbon bars or tool bars.


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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2011, 02:38:27 PM »
Ath, both Photoshop and Chrome have the same elegant solution for most of the problems you mention...

I'm afraid that's a matter of taste, and that's not mine ;)

The discussion on the lack of pixels in height of monitors is a whole different one, and would have been easily solved if you had gotten the U2711 model :-* (2560x1440 with 0,233 mm pixels)
I bought an Iiyama E2607WS with 1920x1200 resolution a year ago, and it works for me, but I'm still searching for a monitor with at least a 3840x2160 resolution (16:9) and 0,30 mm pixel size (without seams, else 4 panels of 1920*1080 would do) :o

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2011, 03:26:25 PM »
This is cool.  Can someone write an AutoHotkey script to do this?

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2011, 03:37:17 PM »
Sure, but what's wrong with the Hidecaption utility mentioned above?

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #11 on: January 09, 2011, 09:28:05 PM »
there are several apps that can do this. check out this thread for some possible solutions..

http://www.donationc...99.msg71707#msg71707

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2011, 10:33:58 AM »
Thanks, Lanux.   :Thmbsup:

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Re: Why is it so difficult to hide the Title Bar?
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2011, 12:06:02 PM »
Thank you, Lanux!
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