Window management refers to software that controls the placement, layout, and appearance of various windows on OS X.

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Move focus to next window but to windows on a non-visible space. Is this possible?

Normally when you activate Move focus to next window it only works on the visible spaces. Is there a way this can move to a non-visible space that has that application window open? I know you can ...
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OS X. Should I quit apps or close windows (red cross button behavior)?

I've googled a lot about X button, that doesn't quit app, but simply close the window. And haven't found a clear answer. Should I quit apps or close windows, letting apps work in background? Do open ...
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How can I send the currently active window to the back?

Is there a shortcut or such to send the currently active window to the back of the screen while still keeping it open (so that it ends up "beneath" all other open windows)?
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Can we run OS X apps inside X11 (XQuartz)?

I'm wondering if that is possible, so that I can use some X11 window manager for everything.
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Inactive window close button behaviour

I have El Capitan and there are 2 constantly frustrating issues that I've encountered while dealing with inactive windows: Clicking on any control element inside the window apart from the titlebar ...
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How to undo window always on top?

While I'm just switching to Terminal window using Cmd + Tab + Up my Terminal window started floating on top of all other windows. I am unable to bring it down. I've tried Cmd + Tab + Down but didn't ...
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How can I make an application open at startup, without automatically opening a window?

Many of the applications that I use, such as Spotify, don't require a window to be open to function. I want these applications to be available at startup, but if I chose the corresponding options, the ...
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Open many finder windows, each of which with a specific folder location and screen position?

I often have to browse certain folders and combination of folder windows, so I like to have specific folders opened depending on what I'm doing right now on my computer. For example, when working on ...
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Know how many windows are open for an app at a glance

Is there a way to know at a glance how many windows are open for an app? In the dock, using El Capitan, a black dot appears under running app icons, but if windows are on top of each other (i.e. ...
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How to move all windows for a certain application between screens using shortcut keys?

I occasionally unplug a 3rd screen from my macbook. After plugging it back in, it will sometimes "steal" the target screen that applications open into. If I have something like Sublime open, with 3 or ...
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Get current app from two instances with same name by Apple Script

How to address an active window of an active app by AppleScript when two instances of the same app are running? The script below addresses the other app. Probably because the name and id of the app ...
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Showing Windows apps in Parallels Coherence with mac-style title bar with red/yellow/green dots on left?

On my Mac, I need to use some Windows-only apps in a Windows 10 Parallels 11 VM. One thing I find annoying is remembering to click in the upper-right to close Windows windows but clicking in the ...
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Is there a way to tie the windows of a specific application to a particular snap area?

Whenever I use my text editor, I send it to the same bettertouchtool defined snap area. I would like to avoid this by assigning the text editor to the snap area so that it automatically opens its ...
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Command+TAB (⌘⇥) to switch to most recent window (even on different space)

The default behaviour of ⌘⇥ is roughly the following: Switch to the most recently used app. Bring all windows of that application (in the current space) to the foreground. Give the most recent ...
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Foxit OS X : cannot move window up

I like the OS X version of Foxit pdf reader, but I am facing one annoying bug: most of the time I am unable to move the Foxit window up on the screen. It is as if there was a "celling" at the top of ...
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Xcode not saving full screen size

Xcode is opening with a window with the height 778px. If I decrease is height and restart it, it correctly saves and restores the new height, but if I increase it to occupy the full screen, it resets ...
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Arranging Windows/Applications via presets

Is there any software for OS X that can automatically arrange a workspace according to a preset? By some sort of shortcut, I would like to launch applications and then place them in a certain way ...
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Do not reopen windows/applications when battery down

When my battery of my laptop is empty, my computer falls out. It first tries to dump memory to the SSD in order to reload from there the next time. However, sometimes this fails and it has to do a ...
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Any nice, stable ways to keep a window 'Always on top' on the Mac?

I am looking for a stable way to keep any window 'always on top' on OSX. Afloat, an app that does that requires SIMBL/easySIMBL, which it seems is not very stable. Are there any better solutions? ...
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How do I set what “maximize”means for a window?

For some applications (eg terminal) when I double-click the title bar, it expands to fill the screen (height and width). For some (eg chrome) it expands down to fill the height, but doesn't change ...
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sleepimage manipulation

How can I cause Mavericks to generate the sleepimage without actually putting the computer to sleep? How can I manually cause Mavericks to replace current contents of the memory with the sleepimage? ...
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Is there a Safari plugin for browser window size and placement per site?

I do see a listing for ZoomBySite: How to make Safari remember zoom level per site? and I do see several desktop apps for window placement and recording preferences thereof. My "problem" is however ...
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How to pin a window on top of other windows in OS X?

I used to use an app called Afloat that let me pin windows on top of all other windows on the Desktop. However, Afloat stopped being maintained at some point and it doesn't work with more recent ...
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Can we disable the drag window to top of screen Mission Control / Spaces feature in El Capitan?

Open Mission Control Use any of these methods to open Mission Control: .... In OS X El Capitan, drag a window to the top of the screen. ...
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Is there something like a “hidden mode”?

When somebody else uses my laptop, he can of course see all the windows I have currently open. I'm looking for a mode, which allows me to completely hide some windows but without closing them. This ...
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Full height window is not full height El Capitan

I have the issue that my windows are not really full height in OS X. I'm new to OS X so I don't know if this is new. Here is an example image: Watch the few bottom pixels, the background just ...
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Can you restrict Command + Tilde (CMD + ~) in El Capitan to switch between only windows on the same desktop?

In Yosemite, I could use CMD + ~ to switch between windows of an application, but it switched only between windows on the same desktop/space. When I use the same keyboard shortcut in El Capitan, it ...
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Stop Mail Activity window being always on top in El Capitan?

I like to have Mail's Activity window open in the background, but since upgrading to El Capitan it floats on top of all other Mail windows. I have another Mac that's still on Yosemite and it doesn't ...
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Can you see a list of all open tabs in Safari?

I often have a good 150 to 200 tabs open in Safari at all times because this is where I like to keep all my current work. Obviously, all open tabs are never displayed at the same time when there are ...
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How do I alt+f4 in OS X? I want to close focused window

I am looking for a way to close the currently focused window using a keyboard shortcut. Effectively I want to do the same thing as the red "X" button in the top left corner, only using a keyboard. On ...
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Is it possible to set my Mac to hide all windows on waking up?

Whenever I wake my Mac up, it shows my workspace exactly how I left it. If I closed the lid while browsing my library on iTunes, for example, it will show that screen upon waking up, after I input my ...
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Turn non-resizeable windows into resizeable windows

On Windows I was using a program that could turn non-resizeable windows into resizeable windows. It's called ResizeEnable. I would like to know if someone knows about such a software on Mac? This ...
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How do I change the appearance of the window that has focus?

I find that I frequently close the wrong window or app by accident, because I think that (for example) the Browser window I am looking at has the focus, when in fact another app, such as iTerm really ...
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Can you automatically resize a window to fit its content?

Before Yosemite, you could resize a window in the Finder by clicking the green "street light" button on top of the window. It would do a more or less ok job. Now in Yosemite and above, you need to ...
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Maximized window on both displays on OS X 10.8.3

I have a dual monitor setup on the Mac. I want to work on a tool, in full screen, on display 1 and simultaneously check few things, on Final Cut Pro, on display 2. When I maximize the tool in ...
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How to extend a window over display/workspace in Yosemite

Is there a way to extend a window over one display in OS X Yosemite, i.e. to make it larger than one display?
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between monitors (from #1 to #2) in Yosemite

I like having my IDE on left screen and browser on the right one. Whenever I want to refresh page in the browser, I need to move hand from keyboard to mouse. In my previous setup on Fedora I was able ...
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Closing a window in OS X Yosemite causes other windows to be made active

I have a Chrome window and this Chrome window covers the whole screen (not in the full screen mode, though). I also have 5 Finder windows under this Chrome window. So I can't see any Finder windows. ...
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Is there a way to make all apps fit to screen in one move?

I switch between a laptop and a large monitor frequently, and when I go from the laptop to the large monitor, all the app window sizes are smaller than the screen. I want to make them all fit to the ...
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Prevent MS Office Outlook Reminders from Stealing Focus and Changing Active Workspace

When I'm working in full screen, typing away, it's extremely disruptive to have an application steal focus. It suddenly takes keyboard focus away from where I'm typing, and immediately accepts that ...
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How to close the strange blank white panel on my screen?

It's really strange there is often a small white panel on my screen, which can be moved and resized, but I can find no way to close it. I don't know where it is coming from. Does anyone know what's ...
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How to change the behavior of OS X to when working with multiple applications? [duplicate]

The biggest problem with OS X that bothers me a lot is that when you are working with multiple applications and trying to switch between applications with mouse: first you have to click on the ...
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Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X?

Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X? Perhaps by using a Window Manager that has this feature? If yes, which one has it? The motivation for this question is : I have 100 ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side? v2

This question was asked in 2012. I know that the solution is in upcoming version of OS X (fall 2015), but until then... is there any similar internal function to arrange windows in Windows-OS-like ...
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El Captain Split Screen on Yosemite

Apple has recently announced El Captain in their WWDC. One of the features announced was split screen mode. Since I am not an developer I have to wait until July to have access to some of the ...
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Disconnecting and reconnecting to multiple monitors

Is there any software that supports trying to get certain applications to move to specific desktops? I use 15 desktops across 3 monitors and every time I disconnect the laptop, and reconnect, it's a ...
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Split screen app for Mac?

I'm aware of applications such as this which allow windows to be "halved", allowing the screen to be divided up. But are there any apps out there that split the Mac screen within applications and ...
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Yosemite: How to change the index of a specific monitor while using a set of multiple monitors?

Say you use a MacBook Pro (MBP) and you have a specific monitor setup of at least two external monitors. As the main desktop you use the internal monitor of the MacBook Pro. This monitor setup you use ...
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Replacement for MercuryMover

It looks like my favorite OS X "window management" app, MercuryMover, is becoming abandonware. I'm looking for a well-supported alternative. I like MercuryMover because it is keyboard-driven, has a ...