Is there a way to group 2 or more windows so that they act together? If I drag one, they all move. If I hide one, they all hide. If I alt-tab to one, they all come in focus, etc.

These windows might be in different applications

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I do believe I understand what you are requesting, and actually find it very interesting. However, this functionality does not exist in the base OS itself (10.5.x | 10.6.x | 10.7.x). An alternative to grouping windows in OS X, that you be interested in, is to utilize Mission Control (10.7) and Expose. In Mission Control you can add a new Desktop and drag your window(s)/Applications into that new Desktop thereby grouping them. They do not have to be like items and this can be done a number of times. Expose does not really cover what you have requested, but still is beneficial in terms of grouping like items.

  • That might work. Then I would be switching Desktop to different tools rather than cmd-tabbing through them, yes?
    – Drew
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 20:21
  • @Drew That is correct. :–)
    – E1Suave
    Commented May 1, 2012 at 20:23
  • @Drew have you found that Mission Control successfully does what you were wanting?
    – E1Suave
    Commented May 16, 2012 at 17:03

Have you seen Optimal Layout? I've never used it so I can't comment from experience, but the features list in the Mac App Store states:


So, it might have the functionality you're looking for.

  • Optimal Layout does window switching and movement, not what is being asked here.
    – studgeek
    Commented Jan 26, 2014 at 0:09

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