Too many windows to manage? Big display? Or getting lost in multiple monitors? HazeOver is for you! ▶ Demo Video & TRIAL version:

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. 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.
• Dark menu bar and Dock mode will look soooo pleasing.

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.

Does HazeOver really help? Check on LifeHacker, CNET, MacWorld, Engadget and Product Hunt.

What's New

Version 1.7.9

Minor bug fixes for macOS High Sierra.
Fixed: automating HazeOver using AppleScript did not work.

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
168 Ratings
168 Ratings

a must-have for big screens and shared offices


I have a big 27” iMac 5K, and this is just essential for tuning out extra windows and apps to focus on one thing. Also useful in a shared work environment if you want to have someone check out something on your screen without worrying about people seeing your emails, chats, or whatever else isn’t relevant — just quickly hit the customizable key shortcut and everyone is seeing only the relevant window you want to share. Transitions are buttery smooth and you can choose any color and any opacity of the background to customize it. You can even fine-tune the duration of the transition time down to fractions of a second.

Before it broke, I was using an app called Isolator to do what this does. The one thing Isolator had that HazeOver doesn’t was the ability to *blur our* the background in addition to (or even instead of) overlaying it with a color. It’s kind of a nice effect. But really, HazeOver is working perfectly.

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.

It’s the small things that count


As many reviewers state, I was a bit hesitant to spend even a couple dollars on something that seems pretty mundane. I mean, what will graying out background screens really do to boost productivity & focus? Plus, most of my work is done in full screen windows anyways. As I’m working on a Keynote presentation, however, and try to toggle between that and the internet browser, I realize the gray out is in fact SUPER helpful! This app is so simple and straightforward, I don’t think there’s much else to say. The gray out keeps my eyes stay focused the window at hand while keeping others accessible for use. I have a feeling I’ll be working split screen more often now!


Maxim Ananov
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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