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

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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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Why doesn't window management software like Divvy work with Adobe Photoshop?

I use both Divvy and SizeUp to manage my windows. They work fine with application windows with the exceptions of Adobe Photoshop. They just don't seem to work with Photoshop. Whenever I apply them on ...
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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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Snap feature for Mac?

Coming from Windows I have gotten extremely used to the Windows Snap feature, which resizes a window when it's dragged to the screen edges. However, it's not built into OS X. Are there any 3rd party ...
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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) ...
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How can I prevent java processes from stealing focus?

Has anyone else noticed that command line java applications in OS X create GUI processes that steal focus (ie, groovy, maven sub processes)? I'm finding it extremely annoying; probably because I've ...
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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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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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How to run Wireshark in the background without the GUI?

I am trying to run Wireshark on Mac OS X in the background. I installed the command line utilities, and so I am able to start Wireshark and capture packets using the command line. The only thing I ...
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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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Remembering window position/size

At work, I have a 27" iMac with a 2560 x 1440 display. I have my windows all laid out as I like them. On Fridays, I telecommute, using my Macbook Pro (1440 x 900) to connect to my work iMac using ...
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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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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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Switching between windows of one application in multiple spaces

I know you can use command + ` to switch between windows in one program in one space. But this is only in the one space, if you have other windows from the same App in different spaces ... it won't ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...