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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Is it possible to disable the Command+Tab switcher while in a specific application only?

I using an RDPish client (Teradici PCoIP) and I would like for Command+Tab to activate the remote desktop's window switcher instead of my local one when I am in that program. Is there a way to tell my ...
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Windows won't maximize on multiple monitor setup

I have two external monitors connected to my macbook and the dock is on the very leftmost monitor. The non-dock monitor seems to think it has the dock because it will not allow me to expand windows ...
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Stop hiding symbols on close, minimize and maximize window icons

On Mac, we have 3 circles: red : close yellow : minimize green: maximize but the symbols on them are visible only on a mouse over event. How could I make these symbols to be always visible?
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How to keep the dock on top of all windows? (I don't want windows to be smaller because of Dock) [duplicate]

How to keep the dock on top of all windows? (I don't want windows to be smaller because of the dock when the dock is visible) I don't want to hide the dock. I don't want to place it to the left or ...
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Pin an Application to the screen

Question Is there any way to pin an application on to the screen in macOS? Description I am looking for a way to pin an application to the screen. I mostly work on two external displays and I ...
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Is it possible to keep a MacOS application window “Always in the Back”?

There seems to exist options for keeping MacOS application windows 'Always on Top'. But is it possible via some method (e.g. a third party utility) to set an application window to be 'Always in the ...
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How can I change colors for the minimise / close / maximise controls in the titlebar on macOS?

Is there any way to change the colors? I have already disabled SIP and downloaded ThemeEngine, but it doesn't want to save my changes anyway. It says that I don't have enough permissions, even after ...
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How to see all windows of an application within a space?

I am a fan of the exposé feature in Mac. I work in multiple spaces dedicated to each for respective projects. However, I would want to see all windows belonging to a particular application on that ...
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How to Hide and show an app via a single shortcut?

I'd like to show & give focus to and hide an app using a single shortcut. The app (or apps) i like to use this way do not natively support this on their own. Is this possible on macOS (10.15 in my ...
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Zulip desktop app has “no available windows”

I have the Zulip desktop app installed on Mojave 10.14.6, and I often cannot open any Zulip windows. When I right-click on the Zulip icon in the dock and select "show all windows", I just see the ...
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What is the shortcut to close the current chrome window? [duplicate]

Is there a shortcut to close to current (chrome) window on macOS ? Unfortunately command+W : closes only current tab command+option+W : closes all windows so I need something in between.
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Music in Catalina doesn’t remember window size

Each time I open the Music app in macOS Catalina (10.15.1), the window size is set to maximum. I then have to rescale it down to fit my use case. But after it’s been quit and reopened, it is again ...
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Automatically put maximized window to first workspace

is there any way to automatically put maximized window to first workspace instead of last? I'd rather use it that way.
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the two split windows of the same app in full-screen

What is the keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the split windows of the same app (not between all the windows, only the 2 split ones)? ⌘ + ↹ works only if you switch back from one split window ...
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Maximize window shortcut

What is the keyboard shortcut to maximize a window on OSX? I'd like to know the shortcut that is equivalent to double clicking on the window title. I do not want to make the window full screen.
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Maximise to half screen and choose other window

I might have imagined it but I think I just did something to maximise a window to half fullscreen on a new desktop and then was presented windows to show on the other half, very much like windows does....
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Windows moved to projector?

Some of the times that I connect to certain external displays in extended rather than mirrored arrangement, many of my windows are moved to the external monitor. This doesn't always happen, but when ...
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Mac is stuck in some kind of automatic layout windowing mode

My mac has suddenly stopped letting me freely move around my application windows around the screen, and its just allowing them to be shown in a grid view. If i try resizing windows, they just get ...
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macOS Mojave disable all 4 rounded window corners either with defaults, or software, or programatically

Is there a system API, or utility (open source), or default I can set to disable all 4 rounded window corners on macOS? I've checked the two other prominent questions relating to this: Can I change ...
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“Float on top” in all windows

Specific apps have an option under Window->Float on Top which allows this kind of behavior: The problem is that I'd like to achieve this on all windows. Specifically I'd like to choose specific ...
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Make mousing over a new window or screen change the focus to that window? [duplicate]

I have a multi-monitor set up with my Macbook Pro. Frequently, when I move my mouse from one monitor to another, I'll assume I'm now working in the window my mouse is over, but find myself typing and ...
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prevent resizing with option key

Hardware: Macbook Pro 2017 (15") OS: MacBook Mojave 10.14.6 While using iTerm, I noticed, I could not use alt/option commands with direction keys as I would on my Macbook Pro 2015. This prevents me ...
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Cycle application windows changed in recent update (2019)

I am used to pressing CMD+ ` on my mac to cycle through windows of the same application. In recent updates, I am not sure if this was when updating to Mojave, maybe later, maybe before, this ...
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Is it possible to make an application’s window smaller than intended?

I’ve always had issues with some application windows in macOS where I can’t make them smaller than a certain amount. Audio Midi Setup is the perfect example of this. If you look at the image posted, ...
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Switch full screen app to another monitor

I usually use Sizeup to switch apps between monitors (keyboard shortcut). This doesn't work when the app ia fully sized. I wonder how to overcome this. An apple script is a possibility. Thanks
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Tile *Previous* Window Side-by-Side with Current

I'm well aware of Moom, BetterTouchTool, BetterSnapTool, Divvy, and Spectacle, and have thoroughly read this question's answers. I don't think any of the above can: with one keyboard stroke, tile ...
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Mail app opens randomly in MacOS 10.14.5 [duplicate]

I have mail app open in background i.e. no window open. A new window randomly pops up without any conscious trigger by me. No new mail would have come. Once it happened while I was in full screen ...
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Starting VLC from command line always puts the window behind other windows

If I start VLC from Finder, the windows shows up on top. But if I start VLC from the command line using vlc command (using either Terminal or iTerm2), the VLC window is never shows up on top. I have ...
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How can I improve the positioning of new windows?

Is there a setting to improve the positioning of new application windows? I'm not looking to specify the location of a window and have it open there every time. I'd much rather have an improved ...
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Use Command + Tab to view a minimized application window

Maybe it's related to this question, but when I use command + tab to cycle through open applications, if a leave the selection on an application that is minimized, I can select it, but it doesn't ...
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macOS: Unable to resize/move app window, title bar stuck underneath Menu bar [duplicate]

I installed Firefox on my Mac. The problem is that upon launching it, the title bar of the window appears stuck below the macOS Menu bar and hence is inaccessible. I tried to zoom in and out, but it ...
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macOS: How to keep an app and its new windows/dialogs always hidden?

I am running a 3rd party app on my Mac that spawns new small in-app windows/dialogs/popups almost every 3 seconds, to show the progress of a specific command. These windows are closed automatically by ...
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Is there a way to launch application in certain screen region with Automator in Mac Mojave?

I can launch certain applications or open certain files through the Automator, but is it possible to specify the layout they will have on-screen ahead of time?
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macOS: Safari: Full screen mode: bringing focus to address bar in a new window

When we open a new tab in Safari, it automatically brings focus to the address bar. But in full screen mode, after pressing alt-cmd-N(or the private mode counterpart), the new window that opens is ...
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How to split app screen on my Mac?

I can reduce the size of pages to make multiple of them fit on my screen, but then they are never oriented properly :( Is there a way to actually split my screen as a command on my MacBook Air? I ...
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move focus to next window for current app in another desktop macOS Mojave

If I have two windows for an app in the same desktop/workspace/space, then the move focus to next window shortcut moves focus between them. If the windows are in different desktops, focus is not ...
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Keyboard shortcut to go to previous window

I use two monitors. On monitor A I have: Chrome window On monitor B I have: Chrome window Text editor window Let's say I view the Chrome window on monitor A, and then Text editor window on ...
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How does MacPorts work with /Applications/MacPorts and /opt/usr/local/bin

I have installed i3 under MacPorts. Whenever I run uxterm under X11 it works as expected and I can get vertical and horizontal splits with i3. However, when I try to run kitty -- also installed under ...
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Any “Always On Top” app working on Mojave?

My workflow requires a lot of coding, and sometimes pasting code from a text editor to a terminal window. In those occasions, keeping the terminal window "always on top" is very convenient. Up until ...
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How can I change x11 window size programatically?

How can I change the size of an x11 window with a script, be it AppleScript or otherwise. I have a process running using wine which is using XQuartz as the windowing system and I want to force the x11 ...
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Switch to left or right window in split view

Is it possible to create a shortcut to activate the left window in a split view? I.e. to switch to the left window if the right is currently active, or do nothing if the left window is already active. ...
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Where can I find the “restorecount” value macOS uses to track open windows and reset it?

In System Preferences uncheck `General > Close windows when quitting an app Open TextEdit.app Press Cmd+N for a New file Quit TextEdit.app In Finder go to ~/Library/Containers/com.apple.TextEdit/Data/...
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Send clicks to multiple windows / spaces

Is there a way to duplicate or send clicks to multiple (specific) windows or spaces? For instance, an AutoHotkey script would look like the following to make three different clicks in three different ...
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Sub-window hidden behind another window… any way to retrieve other than minimizing?

My one grievance with how MacOS handles window management is that sometimes windows get hidden behind others and do not appear in the dock as they are not minimized. The only way to find these windows ...
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Using Command + [number] to go between terminals

Before I upgraded to Mojave I was able to use command + [number] to go between various windows in Terminal. After the upgrade that ability is gone and I am unsure how to get it back. Is it possible to ...
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A way to move multiple windows at once with the keyboard

Is there an app for this? I will clarify what I'm looking for with an example. I use Moom to control windows on my Mac with the keyboard, and it works very well. However, say after working with ...
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I'd like cmd-tab to always take me to the most recent window of the application. Currently it doesn't. Can this be fixed?

Situation. This is a Macbook laptop. No external monitors. I have two "desktops." I have Chrome open in both desktops. And terminal.app open in just Desktop 1. I'm in Chrome on desktop 1. I cmd-tab ...
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Is there any program that can add titlebar functionality to the menubar panel?

Looking to reproduce the Unity/Gnome3 (Linux desktops) feature set on a Mac: specifically: adding various window management buttons to the menu bar panel (close, maximize, maybe tile left/right) ...
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Fullscreen spaces insist on always opening new windows on the desktop furthest away (desktop 1)

I currently have these spaces: [Desktop 1] [Eight other spaces including three desktops] [Fullscreen browser] ...and started noticing that even when I'm in the Fullscreen Browser space and I open ...
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How do I add “pull-down”, aka “hotkey window” functionality to any app?

I like to add the hotkey window functionality of iTerm to any app. I have heard this is possible with BetterTouchTool, but I don't know how. I have seen opensource solutions like tdrop for linux, but ...

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