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

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Any nice, stable ways to keep a window 'Always on top' on the Mac?

I am looking for a stable way to keep any window 'always on top' on OSX. Afloat, an app that does that requires SIMBL/easySIMBL, which it seems is not very stable. Are there any better solutions? ...
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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut to move a window from one monitor to another?

Is there a free app that I can use to move a window from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard? I shouldn't have to use the mouse at all (e.g., for selecting ...
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Move focus to next window but to windows on a non-visible space. Is this possible?

Normally when you activate Move focus to next window it only works on the visible spaces. Is there a way this can move to a non-visible space that has that application window open? I know you can ...
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How to pin a window on top of other windows in OS X?

I used to use an app called Afloat that let me pin windows on top of all other windows on the Desktop. However, Afloat stopped being maintained at some point and it doesn't work with more recent ...
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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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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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How can I send the currently active window to the back?

Is there a shortcut or such to send the currently active window to the back of the screen while still keeping it open (so that it ends up "beneath" all other open windows)?
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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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OS X. Should I quit apps or close windows (red cross button behavior)?

I've googled a lot about X button, that doesn't quit app, but simply close the window. And haven't found a clear answer. Should I quit apps or close windows, letting apps work in background? Do open ...
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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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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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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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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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Arranging Windows/Applications via presets

Is there any software for OS X that can automatically arrange a workspace according to a preset? By some sort of shortcut, I would like to launch applications and then place them in a certain way ...
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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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Can we run OS X apps inside X11 (XQuartz)?

I'm wondering if that is possible, so that I can use some X11 window manager for everything.
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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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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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Inactive window close button behaviour

I have El Capitan and there are 2 constantly frustrating issues that I've encountered while dealing with inactive windows: Clicking on any control element inside the window apart from the titlebar ...
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How to undo window always on top?

While I'm just switching to Terminal window using Cmd + Tab + Up my Terminal window started floating on top of all other windows. I am unable to bring it down. I've tried Cmd + Tab + Down but didn't ...
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Full height window is not full height El Capitan

I have the issue that my windows are not really full height in OS X. I'm new to OS X so I don't know if this is new. Here is an example image: Watch the few bottom pixels, the background just ...
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How can I make an application open at startup, without automatically opening a window?

Many of the applications that I use, such as Spotify, don't require a window to be open to function. I want these applications to be available at startup, but if I chose the corresponding options, the ...
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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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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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Open many finder windows, each of which with a specific folder location and screen position?

I often have to browse certain folders and combination of folder windows, so I like to have specific folders opened depending on what I'm doing right now on my computer. For example, when working on ...
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Know how many windows are open for an app at a glance

Is there a way to know at a glance how many windows are open for an app? In the dock, using El Capitan, a black dot appears under running app icons, but if windows are on top of each other (i.e. ...
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How to move all windows for a certain application between screens using shortcut keys?

I occasionally unplug a 3rd screen from my macbook. After plugging it back in, it will sometimes "steal" the target screen that applications open into. If I have something like Sublime open, with 3 or ...
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Get current app from two instances with same name by Apple Script

How to address an active window of an active app by AppleScript when two instances of the same app are running? The script below addresses the other app. Probably because the name and id of the app ...
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Force constant refreshing of WINE window

I'm trying to run Imperialism 2 on Crossover (WINE), in virtual desktop mode. The game nearly works except that the screen doesn't update. What I mean by this is that the WINE window is initially ...
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Showing Windows apps in Parallels Coherence with mac-style title bar with red/yellow/green dots on left?

On my Mac, I need to use some Windows-only apps in a Windows 10 Parallels 11 VM. One thing I find annoying is remembering to click in the upper-right to close Windows windows but clicking in the ...
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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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Is there a way to tie the windows of a specific application to a particular snap area?

Whenever I use my text editor, I send it to the same bettertouchtool defined snap area. I would like to avoid this by assigning the text editor to the snap area so that it automatically opens its ...
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Foxit OS X : cannot move window up

I like the OS X version of Foxit pdf reader, but I am facing one annoying bug: most of the time I am unable to move the Foxit window up on the screen. It is as if there was a "celling" at the top of ...
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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 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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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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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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Command+TAB (⌘⇥) to switch to most recent window (even on different space)

The default behaviour of ⌘⇥ is roughly the following: Switch to the most recently used app. Bring all windows of that application (in the current space) to the foreground. Give the most recent ...
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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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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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Xcode not saving full screen size

Xcode is opening with a window with the height 778px. If I decrease is height and restart it, it correctly saves and restores the new height, but if I increase it to occupy the full screen, it resets ...
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Do not reopen windows/applications when battery down

When my battery of my laptop is empty, my computer falls out. It first tries to dump memory to the SSD in order to reload from there the next time. However, sometimes this fails and it has to do a ...
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What setting causes OS X to let you resize windows behind the dock?

I've set up my fair share of Macs over the years, but I've never been able to pinpoint what setting tells OS X that you're ok with being able to drag-resize a window vertically so that it goes behind ...
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How do I set what “maximize”means for a window?

For some applications (eg terminal) when I double-click the title bar, it expands to fill the screen (height and width). For some (eg chrome) it expands down to fill the height, but doesn't change ...
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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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Full maximise (behind the dock) [duplicate]

When "maximise" doesn't mean "maximise" None of the maximise commands provide maximisation to fill the whole screen. When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the boundary of the ...
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sleepimage manipulation

How can I cause Mavericks to generate the sleepimage without actually putting the computer to sleep? How can I manually cause Mavericks to replace current contents of the memory with the sleepimage? ...
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Is there a Safari plugin for browser window size and placement per site?

I do see a listing for ZoomBySite: How to make Safari remember zoom level per site? and I do see several desktop apps for window placement and recording preferences thereof. My "problem" is however ...
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Remove Mac maximize window left margin

When maximizing a Mac window with the green button, it will not maximize to full size, but have a little left margin from the left side. I guess there is no setting to change that, but that margin ...