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Window management refers to software that controls the placement, layout, and appearance of various windows on OS X.

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How do I bring individual windows of an application to the front?

When I have multiple browser or VSCode windows I sometimes want to look at things side by side. But when I bring VSCode to the front with Cmd+Tab they all come to the front and often hide the thing I ...
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Make any application into a global drop down application (Quake terminal style)

I like to use a global hotkey to show/hide a terminal window. Many terminals have added support for this (originally popularized by terminal in Quake). I want to do this for other things, like a web ...
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How to close apps on click of x in the top left [duplicate]

Is there a way to configure the windows manager to close the instance of a program when clicking the "red" x in the top left, if the window is the last one being closed?
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Different Desktop Environment for Mac?

Is is possible to change the entire desktop environment of a Mac (12.2.1)? Are there any desktop environment alternatives available? (Xfce or unity-like would be nice) My major concern is the default ...
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macOS 11.4 w/ three monitor setup; when maximizing application window, it maximizes on wrong monitor

I am running an application on 3 monitors (eg: A, B, C) using macOS 11.4 setup. The application is IBKR's Trader Workstation. The application layout is set up with the following windows: Multiple ...
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Move to Next Window after Quitting Another

On my MacBook Pro, after quitting an app with ⌘-Q, I have to manually set the focus on the next window. Is there a way to configure it so the focus switches to the next window?
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Most apps don't remember which window I had open

I'm using Big Sur, 11.5.1, on the ARM architecture. Some apps seem to be able to remember which window was active, but most don't. So, in Chrome for example (one of the ones that don't remember), if ...
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How can I restore the window location of the app some part of whose window is off the main screen?

I would like to keep my Chrome window slightly off from the left hinge of the main screen of my Mac. That means that about 20% of the Chrome window is invisible, including the top-left red-yellow-...
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Is it possible to toggle app visibility via an app or automation?

I'm trying to figure out a way to toggle the visibility of any app, regardless of the active desktop space, similar to how the app Slidepad works, if possible. Slidepad is limited to being a browser, ...
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Is it possible to remove/hide buttons from title bar?

I want to remove (or make transparent?) title bar buttons (minimize, close, maximize) from windows since I do not need them. Is it possible somehow to do that? I have disabled System Integrity ...
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how to resize terminal.app's window pixelwise?

Terminal.app's window size always fit the rows and columns of its content, which make it impossible to maximize the window (always leaving a gap). I know iterm.app has an option regarding this. Can I ...
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When Photoshop Elements is running, all windows lose sizing controls

I notice I am unable to resize any windows on my desktop (Big Sur). The mouse pointer does not change to sizing controls or goes back to pointer immediately. This happens only when Photoshop Elements ...
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Can't resize mail window to full screen (NOT about using "Full Screen" mode)

I absolutely can't stand Full Screen mode. Never, ever use it and don't want to. This is not about that "full screen". I have always made my mail client window full screen size by either ...
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Triggering a paste from the command line

Is there any way to trigger a paste in the windows manager, for example, if I got a text box focused in an application, say, Safari, and I run the command from the command line, it would trigger a ...
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"Shortcuts Events.app" keeps taking windows focus, but I'm not using Shortcuts

Every few minutes the application window I'm working in loses focus. With these troubleshooting tips I found out it's caused by the macOS Shortcuts.app. Apparently, the following app gains focus: ...
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Are there any Tiling Window Managers similar to Pop!_OS's Tiling WM?

With Pop!_OS's tiling window manager (found here: https://github.com/pop-os/tiler), I can use my mouse instead of the keyboard to tile the windows. I find it easier than complex keyboard combinations. ...
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Running a script every time I switch between apps on OS X

Is there a way I can run a script (either bash or AppleScript) every time I switch between apps? Switching between windows is also acceptable. I checked Automator but I could not find it.
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Why does my Mac keep jumping to the desktop window when sliding between full screen windows?

Sometimes when I am using the Magic Mouse window swipe feature, it jumps to the desktop window even right after swiping to the correct window, regardless of which side I swipe. It's not always this ...
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I want my Mac to only bring the top window of an app to the front when clicking the app icon in the dock

I work/live with Windows/Linux/Mac every day. While I'm pretty comfortable with Windows/Linux some Mac behaviors do throw me off. One of these behaviors is the following: I have several open windows ...
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The simplest way to minimize a window just for a moment?

Let's say I have mydoc.pdf displayed on screen (in Skim) and I minimize it just for a moment to access some other document or app. When I click on Skim icon in the dock to display mydoc.pdf back, ...
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How to disable the title bar in fullscreen?

In MacOS Monterey when my cursor goes on the menu bar while in full screen the title bar for the application drops down. This makes it rather difficult to quickly switch tabs, as when drag my cursor ...
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Magnet App will not work with some applications

I just downloaded the Magnet app. I have Chrome and the mail app open. When I drag chrome to the side, it snaps to half the screen size, as it should. But, when I try the Mail app, it snaps to slighty ...
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Resize windows locked randomly from some edges or corners

Usually I can resize any window from any edge or corner but sometimes when I grab certain edges or corners of a window it is frozen and will not allow me to resize. But if I hunt around the other ...
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Big Sur - detect when Finder window has closed

I'm running under Big Sur (macOS 11.6). I have a shell script which launches a Finder window to a certain directory as follows: /usr/bin/open /path/to/directory After the shell script opens this ...
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Applescript to move a window relative to it's current position

I want to move the position of a current window 5 pixels up, and 5 pixels right. I have found code to move a window to a fixed position. I have found code to get the position of a window. I can't ...
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BigSur - Querying the bounds of any visible window?

NOTE - More clarification of this question has been added. See "UPDATE", below. Is there a way in BigSur (version 11.6) to query the dimensionsbounds of any window that is showing on the ...
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Exclude certain app from mission control

I have several apps open and few of them I don't want to be in mission control, I never need to select them but I do need them open (I access functionalities via shortcuts) is it possible to exclude ...
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Generate a text message similar to the Volume OSD?

Is there a way to create a message similar to the Volume OSD (window-less) from automator or a command-line app? I'm using the Mac to "remote control" the media player on a (headless) ...
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How to prevent windows from minimizing when switching to other applications?

I switch between multiple workspaces that are dedicated to various activities (e.g. a music listening workspace using Spotify, a chat workspace using Slack, email on another workspace, etc). One issue ...
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Terminal.app ⌘N suddenly opens new tab by default. Don't want that

⌘N (Command-N) opens new tab instead new window. Only option-⌘N creates a new window. I want to get back to the traditional behavior. Most apps use ⌘N to create a new window, so I keep forgetting to ...
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Default app window you land on when cmd+tab between apps on multiple monitor setup

I have a question regarding tab switching on MacOS. Basically, I have a main monitor connected to my macbook, which I use for work and my macbook screen is used primarily for playing media in a ...
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Global shortcuts now require to open specific app (Divvy, Rectangle, aText) before triggering action

I've been using two utility apps many times a day for the past 10 years across various versions of macOS: Divvy (a window manager similar to Rectangle) and aText (a text expansion app similar to ...
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Problem to restore a maximized window (on Bug Sur 11.5.2)

I have a problem to restore a maximized window (on Big Sur 11.5.2). To restore a maximized window, I normally move the cursor to the top of the display to show the title bar and the green button. But ...
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Stop The Unarchiver from stealing focus

When processing files in the background The Unarchiver will display a Finder window in front of whatever other app I was using. How do I stop The Unarchiver from stealing focus?
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Is there an app that creates a "virtual computer screen" in a window? (I want to maximize iOS apps in it)

iOS apps on the Mac M1 can only be maximized or tiled left to right. I was thinking, if you can create a "virtual computer screen" and "maximize" an iOS app in there and resize the ...
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Disable Spaces shelf in Mission Control all windows Exposé

In recent versions of macOS, Mission Control's all windows view shows a shelf for your Spaces. When first activated, this shelf is collapsed at a small height at the top of the screen that displays ...
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Windows change size on mac after reopening from dock

I believe this started happening after the update to Big Sur (currently on 11.2.3). I'm using a Mac book pro with an external monitor as a second display (not mirrored). The annoying issue is that ...
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How to stop Mac from jumping to a program when a new window opens?

This seems like a very specific weird question that I can't find an answer to anywhere else. I am making hundreds of figures in MATLAB. I plot each figure and then save it as a png to look at later. I ...
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Move window back from out of the screen

Occasionally I got window showing only left lower corner on the screen. Other parts are out of the screen. Window header is out of the screen. Is it possible to bring it back? On Windows I would try ...
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Do app developers have the option to prevent their window from being 'zoomed'?

There's an option in System Preferences > Dock where you can double click on the top of a window to make it fit the screen, or what Apple calls 'zoom'. Is there some way where an app developer can ...
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How to maximize Finder window in Big Sur?

I have a Finder window open on a new desktop. I click on green Zoom button while having option key pressed in attempt to maximize the window. Finder window changes between smaller size and larger size,...
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How to reset the force quit window's dimensions

my force quit window accidentally resized itself so it's wide. It's not taking up the whole screen but apparantally this is the least wide it can get. This it what it looks like right now It can't ...
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Window Layout management keyboard shortcut

I have 3 screens like in the image below and exactly 2 windows split in half in each. I want to set up a keyboard shortcut to take the given window to one of those 6 spaces. I prefer a modal shortcut ...
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Chrome Shortcut windows not reporting url and title on Mac after upgrade to Catalina

Google Chrome lets you create "shortcuts" to open webpages as if they were native apps. These worked just like Chrome with apps like Timing.app and Timemater which track what you have open. ...
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Can I use CapsLock as Hyper in a keyboard shortcut for window tiling?

[Update: Per agarza's suggestion below, I've looked into Rectangle. It's based on Spectacle so it was familiar enough. I checked "Remove keyboard shortcut restrictions" in settings, and ...
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Is there a keyboard shortcut or app to *SWITCH* displays content?

Is there a free app or shortcut that I can switch my Mac's windows content from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard or app? I know there is a way to move ...
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What are the pro's and con's between Yabai and Amethyst window manager [closed]

I already have BetterSnapTools, but it lacks some features which I liked on my old Windows laptop (I had AquaSnap installed, which actually has a lot of great features which I miss on the Mac). ...
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How to "resize" side-by-side windows SIMULTANEOUSLY on Mac?

I recently switched from Windows to Mac M1 running Big Sur and can't find a feature that I had on my Windows Laptop. On windows, I had AquaSnap installed, which has really nice features. One of those ...
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Is there a way to switch virtual desktops on my monitors SIMULTANEOUSLY?

I have my laptop (M1, Big Sur 11.3 Build 20E5186d) and a second monitor. I split up my virtual desktops into "topics" so I can better handle the big amount of open windows and applications. ...
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Show window preview when switching windows of the SAME app

I've recently switched to MacOS from Ubuntu, and have been trying to replicate my usual keyboard shortcuts for window management. I'm using Cmd+` to switch between windows of the same app, but when ...
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