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

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Menu bar icons get hidden by long menu bar items

Sometimes on my Macbook Pro when I have a lot of icons in the menu bar, if I start an application which has a lot of menu items, some of these icons get automatically obscured by the menu items. For ...
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How to switch to windows that dont belong to any running application?

So, I installed an application that runs in the menu bar in OS X Mavericks. When I open that application's window (from the menu bar), there seems to be no obvious or intuitive way to switch back to ...
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Create a command to focus a specific window from anywhere in OS

While developing for the web I tend to jump back and forth between my text editor and the browser a lot. I'd like to set a keyboard shortcut at the OS level that allows me to jump to a specific, ...
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Switch between instances of apps in full screen?

I can use command tab to switch between apps, and command tilde to switch between windows of the same app (for example, a regular window and an incognito window of Chrome). However, when I full ...
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Stop windows from resizing automatically?

OS X keeps hitting a pet peeve nerve that I have, and it is normally happening with internet browsers. I'll describe two examples: When using Safari, I am surfing normally on one web page. I open a ...
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Why isn't Alt-Tab working for switching windows of the same app?

In my MacBook Pro running Lion, I use Command + Tab to switch apps, and Alt1 + Tab for switching windows within an app. In my work iMac, also running Lion, Alt + Tab isn't doing anything, and I can't ...
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Do any window managers allow me to snap windows to the sides of the display?

Can you recommend a Window Manager for the Mac? I would like to have a keyboard shortcut that would snap a windows to the left or right half of my screen.
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How to set default Window position and/or size?

Whenever I start an application like Terminal or Preview, they are always opened as a small window on the top left corner of the screen. Is there any way to set them to open in the center of the ...
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OSE switch to application from mobile device

Is there a mobile app that lets you view the list applications you're currently running on a computer you're using? For instance, my mobile device would connect as a client to my MacBook Pro, and ...
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Chrome window all screwed up after locking or disconnecting second monitor?

I've noticed that when I unlock my computer or disconnect a second monitor, about 25% of the time my chrome window will resize itself to about 100 pixels tall and position itself at the top of the ...
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Upon *dismissing* a window, prevent another of same app's window to come to foreground

How can I stop apps from highjacking the focus from a foreground app? For example's sake, I have two applications open: web browser - focused in the foreground email client - unminimized in the ...
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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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How to make terminals open side-by-side?

I use terminals a lot, and I frequently open and close them. The problem is that whenever I open a new terminal using ⌘+n it overlaps the current one, and I have to move it out of the way first. ...
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Move windows around a desktop — and to different desktops — using only the keyboard?

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish using only a keyboard: Move a window to different areas/corners of a desktop Move a window to different desktops Set/unset a window as shown/sticky on all ...
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The minimize icon is gray

It happens sometimes that the yellow circle in the top left of the windows, for minimizing, becomes gray for some windows. In particular it is gray for Finder, Safari, Calendar, iTerm2, Xchat Azure, ...
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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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Switching between applications in OS X

It is very easy to switch applications in OS X using ⌘-tab. But what if an application is hidden? Let me describe some problems I am facing and what I want to accomplish. ⌘-tab switches between all ...
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Terminal.app equivalent of `xterm -e 'cmd'`

With xterm (and gnome-terminal, terminator, etc), you can run the following command: $ xterm -e 'vim somefile.txt' xterm will open and run the specified program (in this case, Vim). When the ...
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Groups windows into tabs osx

Is there an app or something that will allow to create tabs for any App? For example on the left half of my screen I have a web browser and on the right half of my screen I have a text editor and ...
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Windows Get Stuck in Top Left corner after upgrading to Mavericks

I upgraded to Mavericks last week. I have a secondary monitor, and I use Spaces. Since the upgrade, I have a frequent problem where windows will get stuck partially exposed in the top left corner of ...
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Switch apps with Cmd+Tab, only focus last window in app

I realize that the solution is probably "use Spaces". I find that after 10+ years of experience using Windows, the habit of segmenting the windows into different "task areas" is a bit difficult to get ...
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Windows positioning with applescript

I want to set the position of some windows to certain coordinates. In particular I have 4 possible positions that those windows should have. For example if I have 4 windows opened I want them to go ...
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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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Linux-style window resizing

Redhat Linux has this really nice feature where I can hold down the Window key, middle-mouse click-and-hold somewhere in a window, and drag to resize the window. It doesn't have to be the very corner ...
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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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Poor X Windows performance

I use Macs a lot to host applications running on Linux boxes via X Windows, but tend to find that, after some period of time, I can no longer open new X Windows clients on the Mac - I get messages ...
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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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Alternative way to move windows around screen

In X (Xfree86 on Linux or UNIX) I could move a window around the screen by holding down a modifier key (the CTRL key if memory serves me correctly) and move a window around the screen by dragging it ...
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Window manager that will allow rules for specific applications?

When I have a second monitor attached to my laptop I always have two windows in the second monitor. My console takes about 1/3 of the second monitor while Sublime text takes 2/3 of the second ...
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How would I make a keyboard shortcut to *maximize* the current window?

I love using the keyboard in Windows. It's an integrated part of the OS, and it feels like it; nearly every mouse action has a keyboard equivalent. However, as I am starting to use Macs more and ...
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Bring all windows of active application to top

When switching to an application (cmd+tab or clicking on an app icon), osx brings all of the application's windows to top. I would like to trigger this behaviour for the active application with some ...
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Disabling “modal sheets” in OS X

In OS X, modal dialogues are displayed as "sheets" that drop down from the top of the window. In many cases this is nice, but occasionally I find it really annoying. Consequently, although it's a long ...
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Strange behavior of max/minimize button

As described in the title of this question. It seems a very strange behavior. When I press a minimize button of a maximized window, the window shrinks to the bottom part of the screen like a ...
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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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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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Script to raise a single window to the front

In a script I'm trying to find the Terminal.app window containing a specific tty device and raise that window to the top. Here's what I have in Applescript so far: tell application "System Events" ...
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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 move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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Creating a shortcut for Zooming (maximizing) windows that actually works on every app?

As of MacOS 10.6.6, there's no keyboard shortcut that I know of for zooming (maximizing) the window. There's ⌘M to minimize, though. I made a custom shortcut, defined it on the keyboard preferences ...
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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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Window management app on mac os x?

I currently use "Stay," and have tried other tools (haven't really loved any of them), but I am looking for a window management tool that does the following: Store my window locations Have a ...
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Window management software? [duplicate]

I'm using a very simple tool on Windows called http://www.maxto.net which allows me to set screen regions and maximizes to that region. Is there similar software on OS X? The one's I've found only ...
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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) ...