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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is there an app to create window arrangement presets?

Is there an app to help me manage window arrangements depending on my external displays? At home, I have 2 external displays, in addition to the one that's built into my MacBook. The problem is that ...
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Afloat 2.4 SIBML plugin doesn't work with all applications

I just started using Afloat (2.4) on OS X 10.9. It works great for some applications (Chrome, XCode, iTerm) but in some applications the menu entries are missing (Finder, Thunderbird, MS Office) and ...
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Why does window management tools not working for lyx?

I' m trying out some window management apps such as spectacle and sizeup/cinch to arrange windows. But all of them not working for lyx, while working for other apps such as preview. What is the reason ...
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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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WindowServer[xxx]: CGXDeferSurfaces : Invalid source window xxx

I've had this issue for the longest time recurring in my system.log. It has been happening since at least my beta days of Mountain Lion, however Apple doesn't really seem to care much about this ...
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window focus changes after OS X comes out of screensaver

let's say i have two application windows running, app 1 and app 2. if app 1 is the one active with focus now, and the screensaver kicks in, the screen will turn on with app 2 in focus now, in front of ...
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XQuartz directories in Mountain Lion

I'm trying to set up dwm in Mountain Lion, and while I have a lot of experience in UNIX-like systems, I haven't been using Apple products for very long. I'm following this gist: ...
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Saving window postions and sizes when connecting/disconnecting Macbook pro retina with TWO external monitors

there's a lot of excellent questions about window management here, and great answers. Like this one What Window Management Options exist for OS X? But I still can't find a reliable answer to my ...
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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 ...
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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 ...