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

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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 ...
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Maximize current window completely to hide background in Macbook

While working on chrome/firefox/finder, I open several windows. Each window has some leftover blank space on right side. This is a huge problem while panning the page using the blue scroll bar. Often ...
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Where did the command-backtick keyboard shortcut go in 10.7 Lion?

With every Mac OS X I've ever used, hitting command-backtick (`) cycled to the next window. I just installed Mac OS X 10.7 (on top of a perfectly fresh 10.6), and command-backtick does nothing at ...
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Google Chrome confirm close

Many a time and oft I get confused between close tab (⌘+w) and close (⌘+q) in Google Chrome, closing dozens of tabs at once. How do I specify a close prompt before closing multiple tabs on Chrome ...
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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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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

In Windows 7, we can easily arrange two windows with these shortcuts: Option (Alt) ⌥ + ← maximizes the window to the left side of the screen, and Option (Alt) ⌥ + → maximizes the window to the right ...
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How can I disable rounded window corners in OS X

Is there any way that the rounded window corners can be disabled in OS X Lion (10.7.3) ? Update: It's the bottom two corners that I have problem with as they show up even in full screen mode.
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Some windows in OS X Lion do not move to foreground when taking focus

I have two windows open (so far I think this has only happened when at least one of the windows is a Finder window, though I'm not sure if that fact is essential to the problem), and I click the one ...
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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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Is there an alternative/customizer app for Cmd+Tab that does not show minimized/hidden windows and apps?

Is there an alternative/customizer app for cmd+tab that does not show minimized/hidden windows and apps? Sometimes I have many apps running (Calendar, Mail, Twitter, etc.), but all of them are ...
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Tile scenes side by side in Windows 7 as virtual machine

I am using Windows 7 as virtual machine under Mac OS... The keyboard shortcuts of Windows become difficult because of the Mac keyboard... For instance, I am used to tiling scenes in Windows by ...
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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 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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Tile 2 windows side by side by keyboard shortcuts

I am using Mac OS X Lion 10.7.2, often I like to display 2 windows side by side, does anyone know if there is any application which makes it possible to tile windows by simple keyboard shortcuts?
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Snap/Maximize function has stopped working. What could be wrong and how can I fix it?

Forgive the poor title. I don't know what this feature is called. I'm using OS X Lion, and there is a feature that I use all the time with my Thunderbolt display. Specifically, if I grab the title ...
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How can I navigate to individual windows?

I have many many apps running in the background some are infact two or three windows of same program, i.e. Firefox 3-4 windows and Xcode 3-4 windows etc... I know that I can switch using ...
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Is there a window tiling app that snaps to other windows' edges rather than predefined screen areas?

All window tiling apps I've seen are designed to make windows snap to preset screen areas, such as "the left half of the screen" or even "this size of rectangle specified with a grid." Is there one ...
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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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stopping the expansion of the safari window after opening a new tab

When opening a new tab in safari while not browsing in full-screen mode, the safari window expands, in order to preserve the content of the webpage shown. I think this is quite annoying, is there a ...
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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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Freeware for tiling windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What Window Management Options exist for OS X? I've seen many, many utilities for resizing windows (BST, Moom, Divvy, SizeUp...) but I wanted to know if there were any ...
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Can Spaces be configured by project, rather than by application?

Spaces seems to give you a choice of having a given software application open in a single space or in all spaces. Is there a way to configure Spaces to so that each space is devoted to a particular ...
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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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Lion - override windows resizing restrictions for certain applications

I am a long time user of a windows manager tool in osx (SizeUp) that I love as it allows me to tile several different windows on my laptop screen while having a full editing window open on my ...
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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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All open applications placed on main display after sleep

I've got an iMac 27" i7, with a secondary monitor hooked up via its display port (adapted from a DVI cable coming out of the secondary display). After my iMac goes to sleep, when I wake it back up, ...
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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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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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What happened to Exposé?

Before Lion I used Exposé daily. Now with Lion it's gone and Mission Control is in its place. Now when I use MC it groups all my open pages instead of showing each page. This is kind of a pain when ...
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How can I get application windows to remember my desired position for them?

It's insanely annoying having the email reply pop directly over my Firefox window every time I hit reply to an email in Mail. Each time I drag it over to the vacant space on the left of my primary ...
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Window out of visible workspace range / unreachable

I'm running OS X Lion on a MacBook Air 11", and when I unplug my secondary display, some windows (e.g., Finder) are overflowing at the edge of the screen. This usually happens on the right-hand side ...
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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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Lion opens lots of windows automatically after a restart. How can I stop that?

Lion opens lots of windows automatically after a restart. How can I stop that? It's very annoying. Is there a way to stop this? I found an option in System Preferences ("Restore windows when ...
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Enable click-through, preferrably for all applications

I would like to enable click-through on all windows. Is this possible on Lion? To be more specific, "click-through" as defined by Apple in the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines means "that the user ...
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How to a pull a window to my second monitor that's above the current one when the menu bar is in the way?

The menu bar is in the way so I can't pull one of my windows there. I had to move the bar up to that monitor as well so it wouldn't be in the way.
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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?