Tech Tip #9: Hide Your Screen Quickly

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

How do I quickly hide what I’m working on from prying eyes. Not just the Win 7 key that minimizes everything to the desktop, but so it looks like I’m working on something else than what I am?

Press “alt+tab” simultaneously on your keyboard (or Command-Tab on a Mac). It’ll hide the window that’s on your screen and bring up one from behind it. This trick is used most often by office personnel, hiding the fact that they’re surfing the Net at work, but it’s useful for any number of other reasons. It’s also a verb, as in, “I had to alt+tab when my boyfriend dropped by.”

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller for her agent that should be out this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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12 thoughts on “Tech Tip #9: Hide Your Screen Quickly

  1. And just as importantly for the teacher trying to monitor what the students are working on in class, pressing alt-tab again will bring back the last page used…

  2. angel

    this helps a lot, my teachers walk around the room a lot

  3. iiemclyii

    So you click alt+tab and these screens will show do i click one?

  4. Joshua

    Will it work with blocksi? And, what will the teacher see?

    • Hi Joshua–sorry for the late reply. I had issues with the blog and had to make some updates! It works with anything on your computer. It simply takes you to the last window you had open before the current one. If you keep Alt pressed, it’ll let you choose the window–if you’re like me and have a lot open.

  5. Hunter Woolhouse

    What if you press it two times will it turn off and is there a way to turn it off?

  6. Two times probably takes you back to the first window.

    Turn it off? Hmm… Turn what off?

  7. Jayden

    I tried doing it when my teacher was on Blocksi, but it still didn’t work, and also I’m using a chrome book.

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