How can you configure MacOS to always open new windows (for any app) on the same screen where the mouse pointer is?

Using multiple monitors on Mac OSX, new windows get opened on a different monitor from where the mouse pointer is. e.g. iTerm2, Finder, ... Pretty annoying to have to search for new windows.

Is there a configuration or tool to make OSX always place new windows of any application on the same screen where the mouse pointer is? preferrably under the mouse pointer.

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    Focus doesn’t follow the mouse until a window is selected. See this answer for a possible solution (also possible dupe): apple.stackexchange.com/q/87655/119271. Another possible dupe: apple.stackexchange.com/q/5/119271. And another: apple.stackexchange.com/q/245364/119271
    – Allan
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 16:20
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    Have you tried any of the above? What were the results?
    – Allan
    Commented Apr 19, 2023 at 16:24
  • @Allan that is not what I am asking - I want the focus to be on the window without explicitly selecting (clicking) the window - the same way as this works on UNIX/LINUX
    – Tilo
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 0:15
  • That’s not a Unix/Linux (macOS is a certified Unix BTW) convention, that feature belongs to X-Windows (Xorg). Aqua, the macOS GUI, doesn’t support this. It doesn’t do “focus on hover”
    – Allan
    Commented Apr 28, 2023 at 0:18
  • @Allan while X-windows has that feature, previous Mac OSX window managers have included these features, e.g.CodeTek Desktop Pro - that was not for X windows, but the regular Mac UI
    – Tilo
    Commented May 3, 2023 at 4:51


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