HazeOver • Distraction Dimmer™ 4+
Focus and reduce visual noise
Too many windows to manage? Big display? Or getting lost in multiple monitors? HazeOver is for you! ▶ TRIAL version: HazeOver.com
Get rid of distractions and focus on your current task. HazeOver automatically highlights the front app window by dimming all background windows.
• Spend less time managing windows. The clutter will no longer bother you.
No need to minimize, close or hide windows for your workspace to be neat.
• Easily see which window has keyboard focus.
No more typing in a wrong window because the contrast is low.
• Got a bigger display? Then going full screen is not an option for you.
HazeOver prevents getting overwhelmed with too many windows.
• Multiple monitors? This app will let you know which screen is focused or highlight a window on each monitor.
• Power up macOS Dark Mode and reduce background glare.
• Working at night? Reduce interface brightness without sacrificing legibility or color accuracy of the front window.
Heavy multi-tasking kills your concentration. All those tweets, emails, chat messages and lolcats staring back at you from the background. They strive for your attention. And you only have that much of it.
Don’t let yourself drown in scores of open windows. Hiding, switching, looking for the right one, more hiding, more switching. Calm down, breathe in, breathe out, launch HazeOver and finally concentrate on what you’ve been up to.
HazeOver automatically highlights an active window or app when you switch windows. The less important things gently fade away in the background, helping increase your productivity.
Set the hazing intensity and speed to your liking. Be it a soft dimming, an undemanding hint to focus on your workflow. Or a powerful dark background for outright dedication to your current task.
• Desktop is automatically revealed when used.
• Toggle the shade with a keyboard shortcut or adjust intensity with a gesture.
• Keep separate dimming settings for Dark and Light mode.
• Dragging stuff between apps? Tap “fn” key and HazeOver will gracefully fade out.
• Control HazeOver settings with Shortcuts app, Focus Filters or AppleScript.
Does HazeOver really help? Check on LifeHacker, CNET, MacWorld, Engadget and Product Hunt.
Ready to improve your workflow and eye comfort with HazeOver?
Set up a Focus Filter on macOS Ventura to toggle HazeOver dimming or set its intensity and color automatically depending on which Focus mode you have activated. For example, you could have dimming turned on when switching to a Work focus or get it set to a particular color when studying.
Select “Set Up Actions…” menu for details and inspiration.
Ratings and Reviews
Worth every penny!
MacOSX doesn’t have window borders and modern style has lots of white space on everything, so if you have many open windows overlapping each other, it is hard to tell where one begins and where it ends. It is hard to know where to click the mouse to get the desired effect. I use Excel, Word, Outlook, Browsers, Calc, Terminal, etc… and I am frequently reading from one window while working in another, or copying/pasting. I have multiple monitors and many windows open for many hours every day. I love this app. It does just what I wanted it to do. See the pictures, they explain it. This app lets me know which app has focus without having to think about that question. It also removes the “clutter” and lets me focus on the app in the foreground.
If, on the other hand, I just used a small laptop screen for the purpose of switching between web browser, email, itunes…. this app wouldn’t be needed for much.
Recommended for Learning Disabilities
I struggle with focusing and paying attention. I must take medication for it, but sometimes it is still a struggle. I'm in Graduate school, and I keep multiple windows up for notes, outlines, writing, Zotero for citation, and a browser to search terms. I use a 42-inch TV for my monitor because I need to spread all my work out so I can pull it all together during writing. This method causes the problem of getting distracted. I need the stuff pulled up, but I don't need it distracting me when I don't need it. This app solves that problem and makes focusing so much easier. I feel like I have taken some control of my life back. Thank you for making this app and making it affordable.
Developer Response ,
Thank you! I'm glad it helps.
Saved me from Big Sur!!
Moments after booting into Big Sur after the update, I was heart brokeng with how horrible the user interface changes felt. This app doesn't fix ALL of them, but being able to more clearly change the active from inactive windows has made a phenomenal difference!! I wish I could fix the menu bar and remover translucency, and using the Acccessibility setting doesn't work for me as it affects more than just the menu bar... I found another app, but $9.95 $9.95 for updates seems to steep for a simple thing. And don't get me started on the menu bar icon spacing changes... So it is things like that which make me love this app so much becuase it does what it sets out to do and does it so extremely well, I LOVE IT.
Developer Response ,
Thank you. To be fair Big Sur grew on me over time, but yes, I too have trouble discerning windows without HazeOver myself.
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- Maxim Ananov
- 2 MB
- Requires macOS 10.15 or later.
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