HazeOver — Distraction Dimmer™ for Mac

Turn distractions down and focus on your current task.

Too many windows to manage? Big display? Or sometimes getting lost in multiple monitors? HazeOver is for you! This app automatically highlights the front window by fading out all the background windows.

Watch demo video to see window fading animation in action

Watch demo video to see window fading animation in action HazeOver looks great with dark mode for menubar and Dock Change effect intensity by scrolling over menu bar icon General HazeOver settings: dimming intensity and automatic launch at login Advanced HazeOver settings: keyboard shortcut and animation duration

How to Increase Productivity on Mac with HazeOver?

  • Help yourself focus on one thing at a time. Automagically.
  • Spend less time managing windows. Window clutter will no longer bother you.
  • Got a BIG screen? Then going full screen is not an option for you. HazeOver to the rescue!
  • Multiple displays? HazeOver will let you know which screen is focused or highlight a window on each monitor.
  • Working at night? Reduce brightness of macOS interface without sacrificing legibility or color accuracy of the front window.
  • Power up the Dark Mode in macOS Mojave and reduce background contrast.

Heavy multi-tasking kills your concentration. All that 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’s 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 focused (requires Accessibility)
  • Toggle the shade with a keyboard shortcut or adjust intensity with a gesture.
  • Dragging stuff between apps? Tap “fn” key and HazeOver will gracefully fade out.

Ready to improve your workflow and comfort with HazeOver?

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macOS Mojave

HazeOver 1.8: Power Up the Dark Mode

23. september 2018

Websites and many apps stay too bright even in the new macOS Dark Mode. Don’t let them disrupt your flow. HazeOver will dim all the bright spots in the background.

  • Added support for macOS Mojave and Dark Mode appearance.
HazeOver AppleScript

Latest Release: HazeOver 1.7.9

10. juli 2018
  • Minor bug fixes for macOS High Sierra.
  • Fixed: automating HazeOver using AppleScript did not work.
HazeOver Dimming Color

HazeOver 1.7: Splash of Color

11. marts 2016

Change the shading color with a new option. Adjust background tint and brightness for better work at night. Having orange tint should reduce overall blue light emission without sacrificing color accuracy of the front window.

  • Fixed: undesired dimming in Mission Control mode;
  • Fixed: HazeOver got confused by some third party tweaks (e.g. Bartender app);
  • Fixed: focused full-screen app on a secondary screen might get dimmed.

Please rate or review this new version.

HazeOver Menu Bar Icon

HazeOver 1.6: Interactive Status Icon

27. oktober 2015
  • New interactive menu bar icon
  • Press “fn” key to disable dimming when dragging files around
  • Animation duration can now be set down to 0.1 s
  • Added “Helpful Tips” menu item
  • Adjust intensity by scrolling over menu bar icon with a regular mouse too
  • Fixed: Desktop was not automatically revealed on Mavericks

Like HazeOver? Please rate it or use a new “Tell a Friend” option in the app.

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Customer Reviews: Rated 4.8/5 Stars

Based on 1175 ratings and reviews from Mac App Store worldwide

A permanent addition to my desktop

This program has redefined what I view as “comfortable” on my desktop, and it has become a permanent resident on my status bar. I rarely disable it, but love the fact that I can quickly and easily do so using the taskbar icon. It does exactly what it says. Five stars.

Better is use than theory

You don’t know how nice this is until you use it. It really does make concentrating on the given window easier; and yes, you always know what window you’re on. Glad I got this, highly recommend it.

Brilliantly Simple

App that makes you go, “Where have you been all my Mac life?”

Worth the money, worth the time

This app has definitely helped with making my productive life easier. Let me tell you that it little popups are an annoyance to you, then this app will definitely help you concentrate on one thing at a time. It is now in my must-have list and should be in yours too!

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