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 remember window positions—it always does for me… what app/situation doesn't it work for?
    – grg
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 15:48
  • Windows switch size and or position for me when I adjust the resolution of my monitor or if I (un)plug an external monitor. Are you doing either of these?
    – dwightk
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:19
  • For instance, open Terminal, stick it somewhere on the desktop, stretch it out for the long commands I use, close it ... open it again sometime later ... repeat move and stretch ... basic window management imho ...
    – Jammer
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:31
  • I do exactly that with Terminal i.e move and stretch it. It always remembers. Must application windows in OS X have a Auto save in their framework. This is used to save the position and bounds ( frame rectangle ) of the windows in the preference file of the app. Terminal and finder both use this.
    – markhunte
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:40
  • This is really odd, neither of my apps (Terminal or Finder) ever save their position or size ... I wonder what I've done to break that?
    – Jammer
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:53

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I would suggest using a tool like Divvy to position and remember window positions. OS X simply doesn't handle it in an ideal manner.

  • Hmm ... more apps to do what the OS should be doing. Coming from the windows world I'm constantly surprised by things like this. Thanks Dave.
    – Jammer
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 13:51
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    Do not see where it remembers windows?
    – markhunte
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 13:55
  • yeah, Divvy can help you manage windows, but doesn't seem to have a way to remember window positions.
    – dwightk
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:25
  • Hmm ... I'm less impressed with OSX by the day.
    – Jammer
    Commented May 24, 2014 at 17:28
  • @Jammer No shit. Window management is horrible. I am stuck at this moment though. Windows is probably best out there. Already been at linux. Not going back. Too much invested into mac, now.
    – mjs
    Commented Aug 2, 2019 at 22:02

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