Unhides the specified window.

WinShow WinTitle, WinText, ExcludeTitle, ExcludeText



Type: String, Integer or Object

A window title or other criteria identifying the target window. See WinTitle.


Type: String

If present, this parameter must be a substring from a single text element of the target window (as revealed by the included Window Spy utility). Hidden text elements are detected if DetectHiddenText is ON.


Type: String

Windows whose titles include this value will not be considered.


Type: String

Windows whose text include this value will not be considered.

Error Handling

A TargetError is thrown if the window could not be found, except if the group mode is used.


By default, WinShow is the only function that can always detect hidden windows. Other built-in functions can detect them only if DetectHiddenWindows has been turned on.

This function operates only upon the topmost matching window except when WinTitle is ahk_group GroupName, in which case all windows in the group are affected.

WinHide, SetTitleMatchMode, DetectHiddenWindows, Last Found Window


Opens Notepad, waits until it exists, hides it for a short time and unhides it.

Run "notepad.exe"
WinWait "Untitled - Notepad"
Sleep 500
WinHide ; Use the window found by WinWait.
Sleep 1000
WinShow ; Use the window found by WinWait.