How to dim background apps on Windows 10

A desktop computer is a gateway to many worries. Messages, alerts, banners, audio alerts, or just a new email popping up can cause you to abandon what you are working on to deal with something else.

Many users turn to full screen apps to keep themselves from losing focus but not all apps have full screen mode and not everyone can work in one app while avoiding everything else.

No background apps on Windows 10

Of the many methods used to focus on work when you have other apps open, one common way is to minimize background apps. This will make them less attentive and you can work in one app.

The biggest benefit of using this method is that if the right tool is used, it will change when a user switches to a different app. We recommend a free tool called Ghoster.

  1. Download Ghoster and remove the zipped file.
  2. Run the executable file inside the folder.
  3. Choose any app and start working innte.
  4. All windows app on the back, as well the taskbar is lowered.
  5. Change to a a different app and all the rest, including the one you turned on, will be discounted.

Changing dimness

Ghoster is actually an AutoHotKey script that was converted to an executable file and got a nice UI to get to the original script. You can change what the app parses in the background but to do that, you need to edit the script.

  1. Run Ghoster.
  2. Right click icon of the app in the system tray and select Circumstances.
  3. A. Notepad file opening.
  4. Scroll down to following line;
  1. Change the base value 150 to something lower to the lighter background eg, change it to 100.
  2. Change the base value 150 to something higher to a darker or lower background eg change to 180.
  3. After making the change in the notepad file, tap Ctrl + S to save the change.
  4. Right-click the Goster icon in the system tray and select Restart.
  5. The new dim values will be applied.


Goster is a script and if you are very familiar with AutoHotKey scriptwriting, you can edit the app to action however you want to install it, you can apply exceptions for some windows app. Ghoster works with several monitors, if you drag a window to a different monitor, it will reduce everything. It does not allow you to set to different active windows, one on each monitor.

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