How can one save iTerm2 hotkey-window settings (size/dimensions, computer monitor/display, and relative display position) so that the said hotkey window re-appears with the same (above) settings?

I'm looking for some sort of "saving current window settings" button/feature.

I'm finding the iTerm2 hotkey window also "auto changes" its dimensions undesirably when I move said window from one computer monitor/display to another, I'm guessing to match the Arrangement settings, or maybe something else.

I'm an iTerm2 newbie, and iTerm2 Arrangements and Profiles management do not yet behave in the way I want.

  • It's not an iTerm2 issue/feature. You need something that will arrange windows for you (as you describe) in the way that you want. Have a look at Stay
    – Allan
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 19:23
  • @Allan - Stay.app looks great, extremely useful for several other scenarios I'm looking to solve--bravo. However, after some empirical testing with both Stay.app and iTerm2, I've been able to get what I want, independent of Stay (and I'm not sure Stay is yet doing anything for me... yet). If/when I figure out what I did to achieve the desired behavior I'll post here. Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 19:37
  • Cool. Be sure to ping me...I'll up vote! :-)
    – Allan
    Commented Mar 2, 2020 at 19:44

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When I changed the iTerm2 preferences Hotkey Window -> Window -> Style = No Title Bar (see annotated screenshot below) it started doing what I want.

I believe the original setting was Full-Width [something...]. When I change the Style setting back to a Full-Width setting, it gets wonky again, namely it starts stretching the Hotkey Window to a full width of the screen. Makes sense.

What makes less sense to me is why Full-Width was set for this Hotkey-Window profile which I had not used previously. This suggests it might (?) be a default setting. If so, I'm not sure why the iTerm2 developers/managers want it this way, it seems like it would cause confusion for other newbies like me in the same scenario.

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  • You genius! Spend last 3 hours trying to figure it out Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 7:33

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