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

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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How can I force Terminal.app to take up exactly half of my screen?

I'm using Spectacle for Window Management and I regularly use the commands to split my screen horizontally for exactly two windows. It works quite well for most things, but not for applications like ...
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What makes an app unique from POV of options -> assign to desktop?

What is the set of things that differentiate one application from another from the point of view of right-click on dock icon -> Options -> Assign To (All Desktops / This Desktop / None)? I've ...
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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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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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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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Full maximise (behind the dock)

None of the maximise commands provide proper maximisation to fill the whole screen. When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the boundary of the dock. When you have Dock hidden they ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Groups windows into tabs osx

Is there an app or something that will allow to create tabs for any App? For example on the left half of my screen I have a web browser and on the right half of my screen I have a text editor and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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If I activate expose, then spaces, can I force the window arrangement to stay the same in both views?

This is on OS X 10.5.8 (Leopard). Let's say I activated Expose (All Windows), and I see my windows in a certain arragement. Then I activate Spaces. The spaces I was in sometimes shows the windows in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to have certain apps open fullscreen by default

With the great fullscreen support in Yosemite it would be nice to have certain apps always open in fullscreen. Is this possible? If not out of the box with a 3rd party tool?
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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Dual display cross screen windows

How can I save size and position of large cross screen windows on dual displays? I am on Yosemite 10.10.1: Is there any window manager (except AppleScript and Slate) which stores window size and ...
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Reverse Zoom-Button Behaviour

OS X Yosemite came with the Zoom and Fullscreen button combined. To access the old "+"-functionality, you have to hold Alt. Without Alt: With Alt pressed: As I hardly use fullscreen, I'd like ...
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Disable window snapping to top on move to second monitor/display

This annoying behavior started happening in 10.8 or 10.9 and I'd like to turn it off and make it never ever happen again. What happens is that when dragging a window from one display to another, when ...
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Possible to disable window size hints in Terminal.app?

When you resize your terminal and it 'snaps' to the height/width of a single character. Is there a way disable this? Or perhaps another terminal emulator offers this functionality?
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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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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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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 ...