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This happens from time to time: the "hide" option is just grayed out and the usual shortcut doesn't work. I'm not doing anything special or stuck in a modal window—it just isn't available.

hiding Chrome

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This is OS X default behavior in every app if you have hidden all other apps before with "Hide Others" or ++H. In such a case it's not possible to hide the front most app, that's why both options are greyed out/inactive.

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Here's a workaround:

If you hold the -key and click the desktop, your app will hide.

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The same thing happened to me. I figured out that Google Chrome was in full screen mode on another (secondary) display. Consequently, OS X could not hide it.

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