Black out the screen except active window

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kramerica2, Apr 16, 2010.

  1. kramerica2 macrumors regular

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    Hey all, I'm looking for a way to black out the whole screen except for the active window. I found an app that does it in windows, but obviously i need it for OSX.

    thanks a lot..
     
  2. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    this may not be what you are looking for, but:
    - option command D to hide dock
    - option command H to hide all windows except active window
    - and a black background, and all you have is the menu bar and the active window (although if you have multiple windows of the same application they will still be visable)
     
  3. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, but as you said yourself not exactly what I was looking for.

    I need it for watching non-hd content on my 27" imac. The screen i so big with such huge resolution that anything but HD looks pretty bad on full screen. If I could resize the video and black out the screen, it would be like watching on a smaller screen.
     
  4. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    What are you using to view the videos?

    In Quicktime X you can watch videos in actual size but full screen, thus resulting in a little video on a big black screen.

    EDIT: iTunes also provides this option.
     
  5. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, that almost did the trick. Quicktime has only the actual size option which is too small for me, but itunes has double size which is almost what I'm looking for. If I could only stretch it a bit more on some cases it would be perfect.
     
  6. mickbab macrumors 65816

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    Could you display it at actual or double size then do a screen zoom (control-scroll)?
     
  7. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

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  8. coops macrumors regular

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    There's also a free app for this called 'Think' -

    http://freeverse.com/mac/product/?id=7013


    seems like what you were looking for, and can be used for any app to completely banish any distractions on screen...

    Coops
     
  9. kramerica2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    'think' does what I was looking for in the first place, turns out that mickbab's solution is even better. Thanks anyway...
     
  10. ttopp macrumors regular

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    if its to watch video in full screen just hit 'cmd f' this expands the size to full screen no title bars and black borders for different sized formats.. easy!
     

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