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

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How do I change the appearance of the window that has focus?

I find that I frequently close the wrong window or app by accident, because I think that (for example) the Browser window I am looking at has the focus, when in fact another app, such as iTerm really ...
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Can you automatically resize a window to fit its content?

Before Yosemite, you could resize a window in the Finder by clicking the green "street light" button on top of the window. It would do a more or less ok job. Now in Yosemite and above, you need to ...
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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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Maximized window on both displays on OS X 10.8.3

I have a dual monitor setup on the Mac. I want to work on a tool, in full screen, on display 1 and simultaneously check few things, on Final Cut Pro, on display 2. When I maximize the tool in ...
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Can I make iconify-window binding work when minimize using window manager

I can bind a function to run when Emacs iconifies a frame (defun my-handle-iconify-frame() ;; I actually do something more useful than this... (message "my-handle-iconify-frame") ) (define-key ...
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How to extend a window over display/workspace in Yosemite

Is there a way to extend a window over one display in OS X Yosemite, i.e. to make it larger than one display?
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy ...
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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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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between monitors (from #1 to #2) in Yosemite

I like having my IDE on left screen and browser on the right one. Whenever I want to refresh page in the browser, I need to move hand from keyboard to mouse. In my previous setup on Fedora I was able ...
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Remember Window Dimension / Position Single Screen Laptop

Is there any way to have windows remember where they were and how big they were on OSX? I've tried the suggestions in this discussion but it's still not working. ...
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Closing a window in OS X Yosemite causes other windows to be made active

I have a Chrome window and this Chrome window covers the whole screen (not in the full screen mode, though). I also have 5 Finder windows under this Chrome window. So I can't see any Finder windows. ...
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Set “Always on Top” for a window

How do I set a window to be "Always on Top" like in Linux (ie, even if you switch to another application the current window will not go to the background, but it will stay "on top")? I can't seem to ...
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Is there a way to make all apps fit to screen in one move?

I switch between a laptop and a large monitor frequently, and when I go from the laptop to the large monitor, all the app window sizes are smaller than the screen. I want to make them all fit to the ...
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Windows appear in odd places in Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite when it came out, windows in different apps randomly appear in odd places - eg, not connected to their parents window. Here's the Chrome search bar: Sometimes it's ...
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Prevent MS Office Outlook Reminders from Stealing Focus and Changing Active Workspace

When I'm working in full screen, typing away, it's extremely disruptive to have an application steal focus. It suddenly takes keyboard focus away from where I'm typing, and immediately accepts that ...
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How can I force new browser windows to open on my main display?

I use a MacBook Air at work connected to a larger display, which while working is my main display. I use the MacBook's display as a secondary screen on which I usually have a browser open with some ...
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How to close the strange blank white panel on my screen?

It's really strange there is often a small white panel on my screen, which can be moved and resized, but I can find no way to close it. I don't know where it is coming from. Does anyone know what's ...
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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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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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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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How to change the behavior of OS X to when working with multiple applications? [duplicate]

The biggest problem with OS X that bothers me a lot is that when you are working with multiple applications and trying to switch between applications with mouse: first you have to click on the ...
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Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X?

Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X? Perhaps by using a Window Manager that has this feature? If yes, which one has it? The motivation for this question is : I have 100 ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side? v2

This question was asked in 2012. I know that the solution is in upcoming version of OS X (fall 2015), but until then... is there any similar internal function to arrange windows in Windows-OS-like ...
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El Captain Split Screen on Yosemite

Apple has recently announced El Captain in their WWDC. One of the features announced was split screen mode. Since I am not an developer I have to wait until July to have access to some of the ...
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Disconnecting and reconnecting to multiple monitors

Is there any software that supports trying to get certain applications to move to specific desktops? I use 15 desktops across 3 monitors and every time I disconnect the laptop, and reconnect, it's a ...
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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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Need to regularly check windows for changes

I'm looking for a fast and reliable method to monitor changes in some windows belonging to a application. After I hit a hotkey I'd like a method to monitor those windows for a change in specific ...
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Windows jump around when resizing

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina) with an external 4K display. I'm running it with the lid closed, i.e., the external display is the only display. OS X 10.9.5. Normally, it works fine. The past couple ...
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How to change the default behaviour of the fullscreen/maximize button?

There is a question that deals with the different behaviour of the fullscreen button in the window bar. There, it is shown that by doing: ⌥ + ⇧ + Click on green or outer right icon (plus icon) I can ...
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Shortcut key for fullscreen mode

I am new to Mac OS (2014 Macbook Air). I am looking at the arrow on top right corner of windows, when I click it, it maximizes window over the top menu and in order to switch back I need to hold mouse ...
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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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Split screen app for Mac?

I'm aware of applications such as this which allow windows to be "halved", allowing the screen to be divided up. But are there any apps out there that split the Mac screen within applications and ...
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Yosemite: How to change the index of a specific monitor while using a set of multiple monitors?

Say you use a MacBook Pro (MBP) and you have a specific monitor setup of at least two external monitors. As the main desktop you use the internal monitor of the MacBook Pro. This monitor setup you use ...
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Is there a good replacement for the Dock?

What are the best dock replacements? It's frustrating to keep track of windows in the dock unless they're minimized. For instance, I often have 10-15 separate PDF documents open. It's ...
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Replacement for MercuryMover

It looks like my favorite OS X "window management" app, MercuryMover, is becoming abandonware. I'm looking for a well-supported alternative. I like MercuryMover because it is keyboard-driven, has a ...
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Why do app windows not extend to bottom of screen?

I run OS X 10.10.3 and occasionally notice (must've been there forever, it's not very obtrusive, but occasionally annoying) that windows which are maximized but not in full screen leave some space at ...
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iTerm2 Restore Window Arrangements

I use restore window arrangements in iTerm2 to do my 3x2 grid of terminal windows on my external(main) monitor + one more thats full screen on my laptop. When I go to a meeting and have to ...
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Meld on OSX 10.10 - half screen

I installed Meld using homebrew on a stock OSX 10.10. It works, but it doesn't seem to understand the size of my screen (actually two screens, same behavior on both built in and secondary display). ...
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Macbook Pro Application Switcher automatically moves to far right?

Apologies if this has been asked somewhere. I tried searching for a solution to this for a while to no avail. When I press CMD + TAB on my Macbook Pro (Yosemite 10.10.3) to open the application ...
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App Exposé: Stop rearranging windows based on most recent use

There's an option to stop mission control from rearranging spaces based on most recent use, but it looks like there's no equivalent for doing the same to windows in App Exposé. Whenever I swipe down ...
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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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What Window Management Options exist for OS X?

I'd like to do something with my windows on OS X, where something includes options like re-arranging, moving, re-sizing, remembering positions, cloning across Spaces, etc. What options exist? Rules ...
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Maximizing windows like on Windows

Is there a way to maximize windows by dragging the window to the top of the screen? I'd also like to be able to drag windows to the side of the screen and have them take up half the screen like in ...
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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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What is an efficient way for developers / power users to use OSX window management and Spaces on a single screen?

This may be a strange question. Background: I usually work in a multiple monitor setup, where I can plaster the screen with all my windows so nothing I might need to switch to is ever hidden from ...
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Switching between app windows by searching

I use Sublime a lot and switch between projects by selecting them under the "Window" menu, but this requires glancing through 5-10 different names. Is there a window manager or Alfred plugin which ...
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Gap at the bottom of maximized windows

How can i get rid of the gap at the bottom of the screen when i maximized a window? The gap is almost imperceptible but at the bottom of a maximized window a few pixel are not filled, there one can ...
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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 ...