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

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Recurring window manager performance issues in 10.10.x

I've been having graphical performance problems with Yosemite since early developer previews. The main expression of this is trying to switch applications. When going from Terminal to Messages or ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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How do I prevent my Mac from opening so many windows every time I restart?

I have to restart my Mac all the time because I'm using Boot Camp and switching in between Windows 8 and OS X. Every time I restart and come back to OS X, my screen gets flooded with open windows, ...
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How can I find alert-type dialogs that prevent other windows of the same application to be focussed?

Here's the problem: I just finished burning a CD using the standard feature through Finder, I could hear the "done" sound. At that time, I had a different application focussed (e.g. Chrome). An ...
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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, rearrange,...
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How can I force Terminal.app to take up exactly half of my screen?

I'm using Spectacle for Window Management and I regularly use the commands to split my screen horizontally for exactly two windows. It works quite well for most things, but not for applications like ...
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Disable window snapping to top on move to second monitor/display

This annoying behavior started happening in 10.8 or 10.9 and I'd like to turn it off and make it never ever happen again. What happens is that when dragging a window from one display to another, when ...
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FaceTime window jumps to unwanted position at start of call

Running FaceTime 3.0 on MacOSX 10.10.1, there's an annoying behavior that I can't seem to change: When I first get an incoming call, the FaceTime window jumps to the far right of my rightmost display ...
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Is it possible to have certain apps open fullscreen by default

With the great fullscreen support in Yosemite it would be nice to have certain apps always open in fullscreen. Is this possible? If not out of the box with a 3rd party tool?
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What makes an app unique from POV of options -> assign to desktop?

What is the set of things that differentiate one application from another from the point of view of right-click on dock icon -> Options -> Assign To (All Desktops / This Desktop / None)? I've ...
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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How can I set the default width, height, and position of my Mac terminal app?

How can I set the default width and height of my Mac terminal window so that it always opens the way I'd like it to. Currently, every time I launch the terminal app, I need to resize it.
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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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Is there any way to have two applications visible at the same time, with one application not in use overlapping the other

For example: Notice how Sublime Text 2 (the application on the right) is visible and I can see chrome in the background. This is expected behaviour as I have Sublime Text 2 open and in use. But ...
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Mac OS X Applications Windows Stack Order

When you right click an application in the dock, a list including the opened windows for that application is open, like this: http://cl.ly/image/350Q2J0q0e25 The problem is this: I would like to ...
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Is there a program that automatically tiles all (new) windows?

I'm doing a research on different ways to manage windows on a computer and for that reason I'm searching for a program that automatically tiles all opened Windows including new ones. I know that ...
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Faster command+tab switching support number choice?

Is there a faster way to switch between applications on mac using ⌘ cmd + tab?? when i open a lot of different apps opens at a time, i have to press lots of ⌘ cmd + tab to switch to purpose ...
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Chrome window buttons hidden when Save As / Open window appear

I am having issue with chrome, when ever I want to download or upload any item, the default window which appears, I cant see the buttons of that window, they kind of go down the dock, until unless I ...
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Shrinking extremely large window

I have a very large window on Mavericks. The window is so large that I can't seem to get the mouse to the lower right corner to shrink the size of the window. How can I reduce the size of this window? ...
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Keyboard shortcut to navigate/cycle between visible windows on screen

I have two windows(e.g a document and a browser). I have maximized them such that the document completely occupies the left half and the browser completely occupies the right half of the screen ( I do ...
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Stop switching windows when other app is loading

Imagine that you open an app that takes several seconds to load like Photoshop and you don't want to just sit there so you move to your browser to check whatever. Now, as you interact with browser or ...
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How to move huge popup window in Yosemite? [duplicate]

After upgrading to Yosemite / Chrome updating (one of these two), I have difficulties to submit files via Google Chrome because the popup window for submitting is huge and lower buttons cannot be seen ...
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Possible to disable window size hints in Terminal.app?

When you resize your terminal and it 'snaps' to the height/width of a single character. Is there a way disable this? Or perhaps another terminal emulator offers this functionality?
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A window manager that re-sizes and re-arranges ALL the windows for a given application with one keyboard shortcut?

I have done research on Ask Different to see if this has been posted and to the best of my knowledge nothing this specific. I reviewed this but that question is more general. So imagine that I have ...
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How to move this window? [duplicate]

I just updated Filezilla, but now it moved strangely out of the screen bounds. CF screenshot. I haven't found any way to make it appear entirely: the upper bar is unreachable and the app edges can ...
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How to use “open in terminal”, and “two windows side by side” on mac?

I'm a Linux user. I just bought my first Macbook but I still need some features from Linux that I think are also useful. For example: Open in terminal (right click and choose menu to open the ...
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How do I switch between application windows with keyboard shortcuts?

Say I have two windows of a browser running, how can I switch between those two windows? like Command + Tab?
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Is there any way to get BetterTouchTool to let me swipe between apps without cycling?

I am using BetterTouchTool to add more gestures for my Mac. I want three fingers swipes to move me back through the previous apps that I have open. Currently, I am setting the gesture to Cmd-Tab. ...
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Resizing/moving windows with keypress and mouse in Mac OS X

A few years ago I remember a friend using an application in Ubuntu that made window management extremely easy. If you wanted to move the active window, you would press a key and drag the window by ...
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Can the Dock bar reserve it's horizontal space even if window is maximized?

I don't want to have the dock bar auto-hiding/showing, so I have it always enabled. When I maximize a window, two things happen: either it goes fullscreen so it hides the dock or I make it bigger (...
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Can I control window size and position when opening files via script?

I have a script that opens three shortcuts to VNC locations that open in Screen Sharing.app. I would like to specify where the windows go, and their size, when these screenshares launch - one ...
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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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Restore previous window size with Spectacle

With Spectacle, is there a way to restore a window to its original size after moving and sizing it? Some of the commercial alternatives offer this feature, but it doesn't seem to be supported with ...
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Accessibility (“control your computer”) rights not sticking between logins

I'm still using the abandonware Slate window manager (I've tried Phoenix, but it's just not the same). In order for it to manage windows properly it needs Accessibility rights. The guidelines changed ...
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Resetting application window size

I would like to know how to reset a user set window size for an application to the one chosen by the developer. Are these settings usually stored in some plist file?
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When can they use ESC to close windows?

So, I coincidentally noticed the following behavior: Some windows can be closed by pressing the esc key, like the Preference window in any app or the 'Safari help' window or the 'Fonts' window in ...
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How do I move a window to my secondary monitor above the menu bar?

I just bought a second monitor which I've placed on a stand above my macbook. It seems to be working great but I can't move any application windows on to it because it's also above the menu bar. Is ...
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Windows management

Just wondering whether its possible to achieve my goal. Imagine you are running Firefox and have all windows minimized to Dock. If you switch to other application and back to Firefox via cmd+Tab, it ...
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de-grouping iTerm2 windows

Activating iTerm2's "hotkey window" (i.e. drop-down console) also brings to front all other iTerm2 windows. Is there a way to avoid this, making OS X treat each window as a separate application rather ...
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How to assign multiple apps to single focus command shortcut in Slate?

I would like to use a single keyboard shortcut to focus on multiple applications in Slate. For example, I want to map Command+1 to Chrome and Firefox. Each time I press Cmd+1 the focused application ...
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Maximise window in OS X only using App Store extention

We know maximise a window in OS X (like we do in Ubuntu Unity or MS Windows) is not currently possible. Are there any third party extensions available from OS X App Store to achieve this? (I don't ...
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Slate window manager disrupts text manipulation

When I turn on Slate window manager with the default configuration, I cannot use Cmd+Left, Cmd+Right, Option+Left or Option+Right to move around in text. Is there a way around this, or do I need to ...
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Is there an App or Extension that allows for per-window zoom/magnification?

As the title says, is there a Mac app (Mountain Lion) that will allow me to specify a fixed zoom/magnification amount for a specific window, in a specific app? I use a particular application (Reason ...
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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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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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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.