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

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Free windows tiling manager (similar to ShiftIt or divvy) that can be installed without admin privileges

I usually use ShiftIt to manage, tile, and resize windows. I have come to the point where I really depend on it. I'm looking for an alternative. It needs to be free, and it needs to be able to be ...
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Is there a tool to move all windows from one application to a particular location on a particular monitor

I use a couple of external displays with my MacBook Pro. I like to keep my IDE (IntelliJ) on display 1 and web browser on display 2, and then the terminal on another display. The issue is when I ...
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Can I collapse content spread across two displays to a unique space for each display when the 2nd display is removed?

I use two displays at work and then I unplug my 2nd display when I go on the road/home. It's an incredible shortcoming that all my content on the 2nd display gets squished so it's mostly off screen ...
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How can I make applications on OSX open new windows in the same space when opening a file from Finder?

OSX 10.8. Pretty simple. Right now when I open a file through Finder, if the filetype is set to be open by application Y, oftentimes OSX finds a space that has an open window of Y, and sends the file ...
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Sorting through windows that are grouped together

I have a number of open windows that belong to the same program (preview). I would like to easily and quickly flick between these open windows, but I have found this frustratingly difficult to do ...
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How to position a window (e.g. iTunes Mini Player) next to the Dock?

I like to keep the iTunes Mini Player in the bottom left corner of my screen, since it doesn't overlap anything else there and I can always see it. This works fine, with the following exception: When ...
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Prevent double click on application focus

When I click on an application in OSX, this focuses the application and raises it to the front, but does not pass the click through to the application. However, I frequently wish to focus an ...
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Auto close windows that pop up?

I have some apps that keep popping up ad windows. I want to find a way to automatically close certain app windows as soon as they appear. On Windows, I normally make a simple app in AutoIt and run it. ...
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Resizing window offscreen

I have a macbook pro running Mountain Lion. I have a problem with the maximum window height. It looks like all the windows have to be in between the menu bar and dock. I sometimes need to have ...
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publickey error using cvs

I'm trying to get a copy of the repository for scrotwm using their cvs repository, but I'm having some trouble. I'm running the pull according to this example: ...
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how to get Finder to automatically open a Finder window / or always keep one open?

Let's say I have all my Finder windows closed. I'm in an application, like let's say Google Chrome. I ⌘-tab to the Finder icon to switch to Finder. But it shows me nothing... no windows, because I ...
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How to keep window from moving?

Is there a way to lock a window in place? It's quite frustrating when I get a window in the exact location and I accidentally move it (by a Witch shortcut or by mouse). I'd like to know how to ...
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Hotkey to scroll other window without switching to it

Emacs has a nice feature in the C-M-v keybind (scroll-other-window in Emacs Lisp), which causes the other window in a frame with two windows to scroll (I haven't tried it with more than two windows) ...
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How do I make OS X auto focus on the window in the screen the mouse moves into?

I work with two screens. On the primary screen, I have XCode on. On the other screen, I have the browser. While reading docs, I am usually focused on the XCode screen, typing in code. So I want to ...
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How do I make a window move to the left half of my screen and another window move to the right half? [duplicate]

On Windows 8, I type win + left and the current window becomes full-height and half the screen width and moves to the left. If I type win + right, the current window does the same except moves to the ...
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Programmer new to Apple - How to efficiently switch between files in XCode?

I'm a programmer that's pretty much brand new to Apple software, and everthing is all weird and different and scary :P, so I'm trying to figure out some workflow stuff: I'm used to having a Visual ...
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OS X Mountain Lion: keyboard shortcut to move current window to another space

In OS X Mountain Lion, is there a way I can assign a keyboard shortcut to move the active window to a specified space (or even the adjacent space if an arbitrary space can't be specified). Ideally, ...
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Get list of recently focused windows/processes

An application on my Mac seems to want to take focus away roughly every 4-5 minutes. I hate to complain, but it is quite distracting and rather irritating. If I am in the middle of typing and not ...
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Is there a way to disable minimising windows with the yellow button in OS X?

Coming from the Windows world, I am used to minimising windows in OS X, then using Cmd-Tab to get back to the app to re-open them. However, this doesn't work on OS X, and the approach for re-opening ...
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How to show blinking browser window

Guys, help, please. I don't know what to do. I'm using a web application for my job. This is interactive web chat. It opens in new window and uses tab header blinking to notify when new messages are ...
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Cmd + Tab showing different windows from a single app?

Is there a way for Cmd+Tab to display all of the instances/windows of an app? An excellent example is here: Notice how it shows the available instances of that application? That's what I'm looking ...
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Why can't I move a window below the dock?

I'm trying to move a window so that I can see part of the title at the top of the dock, basically the text in between where the individual icons on the dock stick up. I am fine with this as basically ...
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Keyboard shortcut for current window position

I am looking for the keyboard shortcut to place the current window in half of the screen, either to the left or right. This functionality is performed in windows by typing the windows button plus left ...
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How I can unminimize windows from an application using a key combination?

Coming from the Windows world, I was initially used to using Cmd-Tab to switch between open windows. On OS X this switches between applications, so I had to learn to use Ctrl-` to switch between ...
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Which App saves and restores window size/position on relaunch of an app?

Is there an app that saves (when I quit the application) and restores the window size and position of an application the next time I start it? I found apps like Optimal-Layout, Breeze and Simple ...
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Customizing new-window placement

Is there any way for a user to customize how OSX chooses where to place new windows? It would be great if I could create rules for how that's done, especially if I could do it per-application. To be ...
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Minimize other windows of an application

Is it possible to do the equivalent of "Hide other Applications" for Windows of the same application? Say i have around 4 main windows open for Chrome and each has 10 tabs. I would like to switch to ...
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Position windows via command line

I've got a little bit of ruby that sizes and repositions windows to a saved layout. It uses a snippet of AppleScript to actually do the positioning: osascript -e 'tell application "Twitter" to set ...
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Improving Cmd-` app window switching - MRU order and/or preview

Using the Cmd-` shortcut to switch between windows in an application is inefficient for me when there are more than two windows since they are cycled through in a fixed order and there is little ...
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What software is available changing the default maximize button behavior in this video?

The still from this video (see image below) shows non-standard window maximization control options. Upon mouse hover on the + in the normal close, minimize, maximize controls (top-left of each ...
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Is there an app that can save dual-display window states and automatically save/restore them when I disconnect/reconnect the dual display?

I have a dual-display setup, and I have many open windows on each of my displays. When I disconnect the display and reconnect it, all the windows are positioned on my native display in an unordered ...
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Force constant refreshing of WINE window

I'm trying to run Imperialism 2 on Crossover (WINE), in virtual desktop mode. The game nearly works except that the screen doesn't update. What I mean by this is that the WINE window is initially ...
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How can I automate window arrangement?

I know and have been reading a few ideas about how to "import" the features of xmonad/tiling window managers in OSX. I don't care much about the X11/Xquartz windows, but about conventional OSX ...
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad ...
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Window management with multiple displays and desktops

I have a MacBook Pro with two connected displays. I keep windows on all three displays, and I have found Stay - which I discovered thanks to this question - to work very well for remembering what ...
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Why can't I resize a window's height to make it smaller when it is at full height?

I have two 21" monitors at work which I attach to my early 2011 MBP (running 10.8.1) and I move various windows between the monitors. Sometimes the windows coming down to my laptop's screen are larger ...
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What's the dot in the centre of the red window close button for?

When I'm working with certain applications / windows in Mac OS X (I'm using 10.8, although I'm not sure that's relevant), I sometimes see a black dot in the centre of the red window close button. What ...
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Tiled window switcher

I'm a big iTerm user with 3 split panes on a 30" monitor. The only issue is that I sometimes want to add a Safari window as the left most pane. I can achieve this by using any of the window sizers out ...
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Can RedQuits be made to work with Chrome and OS X?

I am used to RedQuits as I like Chrome to behave the same way under different OSes (i.e. closing last window quits application), but I can't make it work on a new iMac with Lion. Others have similar ...
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Can a keyboard shortcut force TextEdit windows to close and discard all changes?

Is there any way I could configure TextEdit to close the window (through keyboard shortcut) without asking me if I want to save an unsaved file? Can be another script/program configure globally when ...
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Is it possible to have more than one active windows on Lion? [closed]

I am in a situation where I really need to have multiple windows to be active simultaneously. I know it is against the optimization principle of most operating systems, but is it possible? Here is my ...
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How do I maximize the Safari window all the way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you maximize windows? The green maximise window button in Safari.app is doing a "smart" maximise instead of using the full area available. So in most cases, it ...
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How do I cycle through windows without bringing each to the fore?

I'm from a Linux background trying to get used to the differences with Mac OS X. I've gotten resigned to the fact that to switch from one window to another I first need to switch Apps via CMD+Tab and ...
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Is there a way to stick a window?

Is it possible to choose a window and force it to be sticky (stay in front) if I switch to another application?
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How to expand windows fully?

When I click the green plus icon in any window, I would like it to expand to the full size of my monitor, instead of having to drag the corner of the screen. I have seen paid ($10+) tools that do ...
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Force window to appear on a select screen

Is there a way to make a window in OS X Lion always initially appear on a select screen? So that when the window appears, it'd automatically appear on the screen I select?
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Why is the minimize window function disabled sometimes?

Once in a while, the yellow minimize button on some windows is greyed out, and the Window → Minimize menu entry is likewise disabled. Right now, for example, this is the case with two open Terminal ...
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Task Switching with the Keyboard

I'm a long time Windows and Linux user giving an old Macbook I brought back to life a fair shake. I'm running Snow Leopard. One of the frustrations I've had over the past couple weeks is that I ...
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Visual hints to better spot the currently active window?

My workflow involves a lot application windows, mostly terminals. With a very large dual screen setup, I find myself regularly looking for the currently active window. More than often I type in the ...
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Enlightenment on Lion - make default WM

I ran the Enlightenment e16.dmg file from here, http://trac.enlightenment.org/e/wiki/MACOSX , it works pretty good, but it runs on top of the mac osx default Window Manager (Quartz Compositor? i think ...