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Specifically, it means that hitting that button will produce a prompt rather than immediately performing the action of closing the window. While this is usually a save dialog, it could be anything requiring further user action. In this sense, it is equivalent to ellipses on the ends of menu entries.


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Welcome to OS X. It can be a great aid to your workflow, and make you more productive. You should be able to adjust pretty quickly after the initial learning curve. Please be advised that there are some small things you'll have to change in your workflow, as OS X is after all a completely different OS. But over time, you'll grow to enjoy it. I'll address ...


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Download and use RightZoom. It overrides your green plus (zoom) button and works like Windows maximize. You can add it to your login items in your user account to run every time you start OS X.


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SOLUTION: Move your mouse, while dragging a window, up through the menubar faster. Go to System Preferences -> Display. Select the Arrangement tab, and arrange the secondary monitor so that it sits on top of your MacBook monitor. You should be able to move your application window up to the secondary monitor now. As mentioned in the comments, if the ...


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SizeUp is exactly what you need: SizeUp allows you to quickly position a window to fill exactly half the screen (splitscreen), a quarter of the screen (quadrant), full screen, or centered via the menu bar or configurable system-wide shortcuts (hotkeys). Similar to "tiled windows" functionality available on other operating systems.


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I use BTT (Better Touch Tool) which includes window snapping, as well as a whole host of other useful features such as extra multitouch gestures, and button management. You can use as much or as little as you want, but window snapping is on by default and just means you drag an application to the top to maximise it, left to align and fill the left half, and ...


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Option+Tab shouldn't be assigned to switching windows by default. You could've reassigned it in the Keyboard preferences: It could also be handled by some third party app like Witch, LiteSwitch X, or Keyboard Maestro on the MacBook Pro.


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I ended up using BetterTouchTool to do this. Overall I found it to be the most configurable. Here is a screenshot of my configuration, whereas Cmd+Ctrl+W moves a window to the next monitor. Unfortunately, "next monitor" is the only option, if you have a three-or-more head setup it just rotates through the list. The only shortcoming of BetterTouchTool is ...


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There is a way to get the windows back to normal without quitting the app, but it's not ideal. If you move the dock, the applications will move back into place, the easiest way is to click the  and go to dock, then change the position, then repeat to put it back to where you had it originally. https://discussions.apple.com/message/23766770#23766770


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Moom can do this. It's $5, but it's a fantastic window management app. It lets you assign keyboard shortcuts to a variety of windows movements (including move to other display) and gives you an overlay of the OS X standard window controls. Moom home App Store link (Would upload pics, but imgur doesn't seem to be working...) Here is a solid list of ...


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Another tool is Moom (5$ in the Apple Store): you can divide the screen in a number of squares and define keyboard shortcut to position the windows. Several standard placements are already defined by default (right/left half, bottom/top half, ...) I never used anything else (I'm very happy with Moom) but DoublePane was mentioned several time on ...


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Let’s reply in parts (as Jack The Ripper may say). ⌘ cmd + Tab is effectively for switching between applications but not windows of an application. ⌘ cmd + ` does the window part. So far, so good. Why do we have Minimize and Hide? At first they tend to be very confusing, especially because the hide part is rather new to people coming from other ...


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When you go to shutdown/restart, unclick the check box to disable the resume feature, which is likely what is opening all these windows (that were present upon shutdown). If this doesn't do it, check that these applications are not in your user start up list.


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One of the easiest ways to do this is to use BetterTouchTool. It will let you bind a keyboard shortcut or a trackpad shortcut to many commands, including maximize window. Once you are in the BTT settings page, do the following: Go to the Keyboard tab on top. On the bottom near Keyboard shortcut, enter in whichever keyboard shortcut you want. For ...


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BetterTouchTool, if you have a macbook pro which has a multitouch pad (I'm betting you do), it lets you assign thing like Windows style maximise to the very top middle of your touch pad. But you don't have to use it like that, as it has an AeroSnap type feature, where you can just drag a window to the top of the screen and it will truly maximise, also ...


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Divvy Divvy is a little menubar app that allows you to automatically resize any active window. Divviy virtually divides your screen into a 6x6 grid. When invoked, Divvy brings up a little HUD in the middle of the screen with this 6x6 grid. Depending on what part of your screen you want to resize your active window, just drag and select ...


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I use an inexpensive app, Cinch from Irradiated Software. Whenever I need to maximize a window, I just drag it from the titlebar to the top of the screen, and Cinch takes care of resizing it for me. If I need to unmaximize, I just move it a little out of its position and it is restored to its previous state. I wish there were some way to do it ...


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ShiftIt (original version at link discontinued) does this, and is free and open source. Edit: The project is now on GitHub, however the last release was in November 2010.


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Command + Tab, combined with Ctrl + `. Works great. Let me explain: Command + Tab : Switch between different applications. Ctrl + ` : Cycle between all open windows of the application you're focused on. (For example, if you have four Finder windows open, you can press Ctrl + ` to move between the four windows.) If this and other keyboard shortcuts ...


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Great question. This was one of my first confusions about the Finder when switching to Mac. Here's what I think: On other operating systems, the program menu is contained in the active application window. As such, each window is in essence a full instance of the program. (There's not as much integration with Windows Explorer, as there is with Finder on Mac ...


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Moving windows to another space: SizeUp (still works for me in 10.8) Spacey (stopped working in 10.7) Moving windows to another display: BetterSnapTool BetterTouchTool Flexiglass Moom Optimal Layout SizeUp Spectacle Window Mover


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Pressing the shortcuts for changing desktops while dragging a window should still work, but the shortcuts have to be enabled in System Preferences. SizeUp supports for example assigning ⌃⇧→ to moving a window to the next desktop.


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I have assigned this script to ⌘M with FastScripts: try tell application "Finder" to bounds of window of desktop tell application (path to frontmost application as text) set bounds of window 1 to result end tell on error try tell application "System Events" to tell (process 1 where it is frontmost) click (button 1 ...


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For those who don't know it, Ctrl+F4, Ctl+`, ... can be remapped in: SystemPreferences=>Keyboard=>Keyboard Shortcuts=>Keyboard & Text Input http://i.stack.imgur.com/CvV3k.png


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For 99% of applications: The green button in the top left of any OS X window is called the "Zoom" button and will resize the window to it's contents so long as it fits in the current resolution. This is the same as choosing Zoom from the Window menu. For programs such as iTunes that show a completely different mode when you choose Zoom, you can hold the ...


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After testing SizeUp and Breeze, I've decided that Breeze fits my needs the best. Both allow you to position windows on the left, right, or Fullscreen. The feature that sold it for me was setting a default size & position for an application and assigning it a shortcut key.


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You can try using the AppleScript found on this page. I just tried it out and it perfectly works fine in Chrome 12.0.742.122. It's extremely easy to set up: download the Bundle archive double click it to unpack it double click on OpenUrlInNewChromeWindow open Safari and set the new "Browser" as the default browser in the Preferences.



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