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

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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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Double-clicking a window’s title bar to minimize it in Mavericks

After upgrading to Mavericks I’m no longer able to minimize a window to the Dock by double-clicking on its title bar. How do I get this functionality back?
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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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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 do I move a window vertically above the menu bar?

How can I move a window so that the title bar of the window is above the menu bar? I've tried using AppleScript… tell application "System Events" to tell process "System Preferences" set ...
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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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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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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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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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Remove Window Drop Shadow and Replace with Outline

I'm running OS X 10.8.4. My goal is to remove the wide drop shadows around windows and replace them with a thin black outline. Several questions have been posted asking how to remove or reduce the ...
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Best app to switch between all open windows (alternatives to Witch)

After 4 years of being a Mac user, there is only one thing that I still miss from the Windows world, and that is being able to switch with a single keystroke between all open windows in the computer. ...
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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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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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Shortcut key for fullscreen mode

I am new to Mac OS (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 in ...
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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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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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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 use “open in terminal”, “always on the top” and “two windows side by side” on mac?

The first. I'm a Linux user. I just bought my new Macbook. and yeah, trackpad on a Macbook and another UX features quite useful and quick but i still need some features from Linux that i think it also ...
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Windows aren't quite maximized when opened

When I open window in a program, I typically want it to take up my entire screen (but not be in full screen mode, just maximally sized) Instead, there is a thin gap at the left edge of the screen. It ...
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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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Keyboard shortcut for current window position

I am looking for the keyboard shortcut to place the current window in half of the screen, either to the left or right. This functionality is performed in windows by typing the windows button plus left ...
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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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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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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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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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Double clicking the title bar hides the app. How do I make it “zoom” like the green button? / Maximize

I'm a windows user who is sub consciously trained to double click the title bar of an app that I am "active" in to make it fit and align in the screen better. I don't want it to fill the entire ...
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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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Raise/lower/move/resize windows with mouse + modifier keys

I'm a longtime FVWM user over on the Linux side and have developed some keyboard + mouse shortcuts that I find very helpful in managing windows. Specifically: left click + command + shift = send to ...
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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 ...