Two Applications to Dim All Windows Except The Active One

Usually we work with multiple windows in our computer and you know how difficult it is to focus on a single widow than the tons of other opened programs. If you look for a solution, here’s two lightweight applications to Dim all opened windows except the active one that you’re presently working with. Surprisingly these simple software’s has the potential of increasing the productivity and efficiency by speeding up the work on computers.

Another advantage is that on laptop computers, it saves significant amount of battery since only the active window gets full brightness and other windows go fade. I use this apps on my laptop and I like it personally taking the both two advantages. I am not going to stretch anymore, the two applications are free, listed below.

Dim inactive windows

1. Le Dimmer

This Application is very small [less than 200 KB], there’s no installation. You just download LeDimmer and extract it and double click on it. The Read-Me says about editing the dim factor but I’ve found issues with it. But the default dim factor is just fine.

2. Ghoster

I use this one personally and there is no issues at all. Download Ghoster from the page and do the same as we done for Le Dimmer – extract and double click. It should get activated and an icon will be present in system tray. To edit the dim factor just right click on it and click Settings. A notepad file opens, scroll down to see “transparency=150”. You can set set transparency factor 0-255. Once you’ve edited, save the notepad file (File > save). Then again right click the ghoster icon from system tray and click Restart. The settings would come into effect.

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Ghoster transparency

Make the application automatically runs at windows startup.

If you want to start either Le dimmer or Ghoster applications automatically when windows starts, follow this simple procedure.

  • Right click on the downloaded file say, Ghoster.exe and click, create shortcut.
  • Click start > All Programs , then right click on “Startup” folder, click “Open all users”.
  • Drag and drop the shortcut created in the previous step in the Startup folder and close.


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  2. While both of these apps are great, neither one will save battery life on a laptop. A laptop screen is uniformly lit from behind regardless of what is being displayed. A dimmer area just means more of the light is being blocked by the LCD. Note that this is different from dimming the entire display using the laptop’s brightness hot-keys. In that case, you are changing the intensity of the backlight, and dimming _does_ save battery life.

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