The Panic Button / Boss Key activate the panic mode, which completely hides EQ and Pixie. They will still be running in the background but you will not be able to see any evidence of them. They will not show up on the system bar, Alt-Tab list, or the Windows Task Manager Application tab. They will show up on the Task Manager's Processes tab.
There are two ways to start panic mode: press the Panic Button on the Main Control or press the "Panic / Boss On" hotkey (default is Ctrl + Shift + Space). This hotkey is not a toggle; it only starts panic mode and will not turn it off. This prevents mutiple presses from cancelling each other out. You can change the hotkeys in the Options.
There are two ways to end panic mode: restart Pixie or press the "Panic / Boss Off" hotkey (default is Ctrl + Shift + Backspace). Restarting Pixie will actually just bring back the copy of Pixie you had been running, not start a new one.
Both ways of ending panic mode will bring up Pixie first, and then you can bring up EQ if you wish. Why? Because some people may want to bring up Pixie in order to shut down EQ by pressing the Stop EQ button. It would be rather inconvenient if EQ popped back up too. After Panic mode has ended you can bring EQ back by pressing the hotkey to switch to it, or by clicking on it in the system bar.
Currently Pixie does not mute the audio in panic mode. I plan to add this. Until then you may want to keep EQ sounds off if you are playing when you aren't supposed to be.
Although I believe the Panic button is reliable, use it at your own risk. I am not responsible for your decision to play EQ when you shouldn't, and I am not responsible if you get caught, even if it is because Pixie failed in some way. My creation of the Panic button is not meant to encourage unauthorized, illegal, unsactioned, unethical, unsupervised, risky, unprotected, dangerous, hazardous, or extreme use of EQ. That's EQ's job.
© 2005 Alex Gibbs. EQ Pixie and the EQ Pixie logo are trademarks of Alex Gibbs. EverQuest is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.