Don't Panic is a configurable "boss key", a simple tool which reduces the chance of others catching you playing games, browsing YouTube, or doing anything else you really shouldn't on your PC.

The program can instantly close or minimise up to three applications, launch other applications to take their place, delete shortcuts from the Recent Files folder, empty the Recycle Bin, even clear your Internet Explorer history.

None of this happens by default, and there's no wizard to talk you through the setup process. Instead you must click Tools > Options, explore the various tabs, and set them up as you require.

Still, this isn't difficult - it just means you might spend an extra 10 minutes adapting the program to suit your needs.

When it's all set up, clicking the Don't Panic button at any time (or using a hotkey) closes your game/ browser/ anything else, opens Word/ Excel/ whatever makes it look like you're actually working, and no-one will be any the wiser (hopefully).

Version 3.1.0 brings:
 - Option for restricting the application to a single instance! (user request)
 - Migrated manual to HelpNDoc and updated its content to match current functionality
 - A little code cleanup

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Don't Panic is fun, and surprisingly configurable, but don't rely on it too much. The program should make it harder for a family member to see which windows are open on your computer, but if you're misusing a work PC, and your boss gets someone technical to inspect it, they'll find out the truth with no problem at all.