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

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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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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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Best app to switch between all open windows

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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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, rearrange,...
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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 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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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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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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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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Windows Get Stuck in Top Left corner after upgrading to Mavericks

I upgraded to Mavericks last week. I have a secondary monitor, and I use Spaces. Since the upgrade, I have a frequent problem where windows will get stuck partially exposed in the top left corner of ...
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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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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 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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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad (...
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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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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 would I make a keyboard shortcut to *maximize* the current window?

I love using the keyboard in Windows. It's an integrated part of the OS, and it feels like it; nearly every mouse action has a keyboard equivalent. However, as I am starting to use Macs more and more,...
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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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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 resize a Mac OS X app window after disconnecting from an external monitor?

I'm a MacBook user, and when I'm home I plug into a large external monitor to get additional screen space. When I'm on the go I disconnect and use my laptop's built-in display. For the most part this ...
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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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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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Disable double-click to maximize in OS X Yosemite

In OS X Yosemite, a new feature is that when you double-click on the title bar of an application window, the window will maximize: http://osxdaily.com/2014/10/28/maximize-zoom-windows-os-x-mac/ Is ...
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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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Can we disable the drag window to top of screen Mission Control / Spaces feature in El Capitan?

Open Mission Control Use any of these methods to open Mission Control: .... In OS X El Capitan, drag a window to the top of the screen. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204100 ...
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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? It'...
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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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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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How to move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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How can I prevent java processes from stealing focus?

Has anyone else noticed that command line java applications in OS X create GUI processes that steal focus (ie, groovy, maven sub processes)? I'm finding it extremely annoying; probably because I've ...
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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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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 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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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 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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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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Enable click-through, preferrably for all applications

I would like to enable click-through on all windows. Is this possible on Lion? To be more specific, "click-through" as defined by Apple in the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines means "that the user ...
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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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What is the button in the upper right of windows?

Some Mac applications have this button in the upper right. What is it called? Is there a keyboard shortcut for it? In the case of MacVim, the button toggles the toolbar of colorful icons you see on ...
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How to make Chrome open a new window for external Links

As some people might know, the default behavior for external links of Google Chrome is quite bad. I'm using Spaces, and opening a link in some application outside of Google Chrome while being on a ...
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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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Can I disable window resizing from the top edge of the window in Lion?

I often move windows around on the desktop by clicking and dragging them by the title bar. As of Lion, you can resize the window from the top, so if you put the cursor in the top portion of the title ...
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How can I disable rounded window corners in OS X

Is there any way that the rounded window corners can be disabled in OS X Lion (10.7.3) ? Update: It's the bottom two corners that I have problem with as they show up even in full screen mode.
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How do you disable the zoom effect / window animations in the new OS X Lion?

I'd like to disable the Zoom effect that the windows produce when they are being opened. Does anyone know a way to disable them?
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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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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut for minimizing Mac OS X windows?

Is there a (hidden) keyboard shortcut for minimizing the frontmost window (that works in most apps)?
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Where did the command-backtick keyboard shortcut go in 10.7 Lion?

With every Mac OS X I've ever used, hitting command-backtick (`) cycled to the next window. I just installed Mac OS X 10.7 (on top of a perfectly fresh 10.6), and command-backtick does nothing at all....
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Script to raise a single window to the front

In a script I'm trying to find the Terminal.app window containing a specific tty device and raise that window to the top. Here's what I have in Applescript so far: tell application "System Events" ...
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How can I set up an alternative X11 window manager in Mac OS X 10.6?

I've tried to install an X11 window manager in Mac OS X 10.6.5 such as ratpoison via fink, but I can't get it to start. I am also thinking about getting xmonad to work in 10.6.5, does anyone know how ...