Questions tagged [window-manager]

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

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How to prevent MacOS to change focus on other monitors when I'm switching Spaces or clicking on a window

I have seen this question before but everyone seems to say that it's not a bug, but a feature. I beg to disagree and provide my problem and perspective: I have Chrome spread between two Spaces in ...
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How do I prevent windows from maximizing when "touching" the menu bar in Ventura?

After upgrading to Ventura, everytime I drag a window up towards the menu bar, it maximizes. How do I disable that?
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How can I use a keyboard shortcut to switch focus to another display?

I looked at this question - Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between multiple displays on OS X 10.9+ - but the op doesn't seem to have the same goal as me. I have a multi-monitor setup, and I have ...
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macOS window closing order

When I have multiple windows open for an application (e.g., Safari), when I close one window, the other window automatically comes into focus, above other application windows that may have been in ...
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Resize macOS partition gaining from Windows partition resized

This question is about macOS BigSur 11.6.1 w/ Boot Camp Windows 10. The HDD was partitioned for macOS and Windows 10. Since the macOS upgrade to 12/13 needs bigger size, I resized the Windows ...
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Any systematic way to switch between windows in MacOS?

I am using Mac for a year now, but still didn't figure out if there is any systematic way to switch between windows here? Obviously it is not possible to use Command-TAB all the time as in Windows. ...
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Cmd+` opens Finder instead of opening next app window

I have: System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > Keyboard > Menu focus next window = Cmd + ` (default) But in fact, this shortcut calls Finder (next press gets focus back to the window)...
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Random greyed out window appears and doesn't seem attached to any app

This random grey, translucent window keeps appearing on my screen. I can click and drag it around (it usually sits on the bottom of my window) but it sits on top of all windows and I can't seem to ...
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Big Sur — disable windows-size shrinking limitations of windows with a minimum size restriction

This is a continuation of the question: Lion - override windows resizing restrictions for certain applications on reducing the window size of applications that have a developer/manufacturer set ...
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How to switch between browser windows with keyboard?

For other applications I use Cmd-Tab to switch between different application and Cmd-backquote to switch between windows of the same application. But not for browsers. How to switch between browser ...
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Block screen space [duplicate]

I have an ultrawide LCD monitor where the panel has a defunct section on the right. Maybe one eighth of the screen. How can I permanently block that rectangle from being used as window space on the ...
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Quicktime player : Default window size

I'm using manim (Python) to create animations. When I preview the 4k MP4 files it generates with Quicktime player, the app displays the whole content at its original size. But I would like those MP4 ...
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How can I automate the placing of Windows?

I have a dual monitor setup and want to automate opening apps and placing windows. For example, I want to Press a keyboard shortcut, menu bar button, etc. Open VSCode on the right side of one monitor,...
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How to make Terminal forget all old open windows when quit?

This is not exactly the question asked here, but the end result is the same that I am trying to solve. I have terminal set (Settings, Shell tab) to "Close the window" when the shell exits, ...
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Are there apps to split one big screen into multiple spaces?

I'm switching from three smaller screens to one big 42" monitor with Rectangle to emulate multiple monitors. It works great and I enjoy the flexibility in arranging the windows. However one thing ...
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How to make mac not move windows for a couple seconds on wake

I have 2 external monitors I use with my MacbookPro in addition to the built in screen. Whenever I resume the mac from sleep, the 2 monitors take a few seconds to boot up. In that time, macos ...
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How to achieve direct window switching

I recently got a Mac for work, and one thing is really bothering me. For windows and linux there is a concept called "direct window switching," which allows changing windows without regard ...
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Modifier keys for window resize and move

I had configured a previous Mac so that: if I pressed a certain set of modifier keys (it happened to be Control+Option) then moving the mouse would move the current window around, and if I pressed a ...
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open browser link in the same desktop

Is there a way to force opening a URL in the same desktop, when there is no browser window yet in the active desktop ? (like in linux) this solution https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4995042 does ...
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How to make an app window extend vertically between two monitors fully with separate Spaces off?

I use a monitor arrangement that incorporates two monitors in a vertical alignment, eg, this is a segment from System Preferences → Displays that shows how these two monitors are arranged: (NOTE: I ...
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How can I get minimised windows in different desktops to un-minimise in my current desktop?

If I minimise a window in Desktop 1, then move to Desktop 2 and un-minimise the window it moves me back to Desktop 1. Is it possible to make it un-minimise and stay in Desktop 2 instead?
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Mysterious window-movement mode

Sometimes, on my MacBook Air M1 running MacOS 12.4, the system becomes mysteriously unresponsive until I click the trackpad, and then a window jumps to a new place on the screen and the system works ...
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How can I prevent my M1 Max from forgetting which windows / desktops are on which display?

I have a 2021 16" M1 Max with 3 external displays. One display is plugged directly into the left side of the laptop. The other two displays are plugged into this OWC hub (OWCTB4HUB5P), which is ...
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Switch focus to another app automatically after closing last Finder window

Is there a way to automatically switch the focus to another app after closing the last Finder window? The default behavior is to stay focused on Finder, yet it has no windows open. I tend to ⌘W the ...
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Organize apps and windows for specific tasks on macOS

On macOS, I'd like to be able to switch very easily all the windows and apps, depending on the task I need to perform. For example, I might have a "fun time" layout, where I have 4 windows/...
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macOS Preview.app minimised windows not minimised when restarting the app

Safari does it, Preview used to do it way back in Mac OS X (can't remember which version, sorry). Situation: Start Preview (current version 11.0 (1033.4)) Open a few documents Minimise some of them (...
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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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How to minimize all open windows when using Firefox?

If I try to use Cmd+Opt+M combination it opens mobile viewing in Firefox. And if I click somewhere on the desktop and press Cmd+Opt+H then the Finder remains open. Is there a way to force everything ...
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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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"Doubleclick to minimize enabled" prompt on Mac - how to disable it?

In my Mac settings, I enabled doubleclick on window title to minimize. And it works. But, randomly I get this incredibly annoying prompt asking me if I want to revert to default: NO, I don't want to ...
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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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