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It's insanely annoying having the email reply pop directly over my Firefox window every time I hit reply to an email in Mail. Each time I drag it over to the vacant space on the left of my primary display, and EVERY time it returns when I reply to an email.

Finder has similar issues with Cmd+N, resize, close. Open a window, resize it, close it, immediately open another new window, and it's where the original one was.

Is there a system-wide or third-party solution for forcing applications to place new windows where I left their previous ones?

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This is by no means a perfect fix, but I use Divvy as my solution to this issue - probably the single best Mac addon I've ever bought. It's not free but it has global keyboard shortcuts which would mean a badly placed window is a ctrl+something away from being perfect again.

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Stay would be a more elegant fix, its an app that automatically returnes windows to a set size and position on the screen – AMomchilov Mar 10 '12 at 16:45
I had never heard of stay before, but yes- that does sound like a better solution. – George Pearce Mar 10 '12 at 20:40

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