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 maximize window horizontally and minimize to its default position without a third party app using keybinding?

I am using my terminal on the right side of the window. When I click on the red line (left side of the terminal) it minimize horizontally. Because this is a built in property of Apple, I don't want to ...
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Is there an app etc. that can save and restore the exact sizes and positions of windows?

Is there an app etc. that can save and restore the exact sizes and positions of windows on Mac? The use case I have is using TextEdit windows with one window corresponding a note type. I have one ...
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Avoid default fullscreen (no header, no dock)

Since time ago and after upgrading I realize that macOS began abusing of fullscreen feature, and personally I hate this behaviour. Maximize icon goes to fullscreen (hides window header and dock) ...
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What file is responsible for saving window position?

Since upgrading to Mojave in 2018, I've had some apps that simply will not remember their window positions properly. They remember the correct Space but not the correct display. I use dual 27" ...
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Show hidden application window on dock icon click

I have three screens and use multiple Safari windows. Often times I have one window open on my side screen & one on my main one. When I minimize Safari on the main screen clicking at the dock icon ...
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Catalina - Window menu shows all Finder windows tabs instead of current window tabs

I had to do the update to MacOS Catalina because of freezes following high sierra security update 2020-002 One of the problems i have now with Catalina has to do with Finder Window menu Let's say ...
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How do I force lingering Preview windows to close?

Recently after quitting Preview, I have a few windows from Preview that remain open, and provide no normal way to close them (Cmd-W does't work, and the close button is disabled). The only thing I can ...
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cycle windows in current space, version Catalina

This functionality is the same as this one Description: The given: In the current desktop there is one terminal and Safari open, and in another desktop there is another terminal window. Desired is to ...
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“Move focus to next window” short cut toggling window order if I interact with a window

There is a very convenient keyboard short cut to go through all windows opened by the same application. For me (but it is not the same for everyone) it is Ctrl < to flip through the window in one ...
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Is there any way to make a window transparent macOS Mojave?

I liked the feature in Linux where you could simply turn a window transparent. I also had an app for Windows that did it, called Peek Through that did it. I finally came back to macOS and now I want a ...
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Is it possible to set opening certain apps such as Safari, iWork, MS Office in the full Window mode by default like Mail App (macOS Catalina)?

The only App I can set opening in the full window is Apple's Mail App - it can be set in the App setting. I suppose other application could be set via terminal commands, but I'm not that handy with ...
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Is there a way to automatically maximize a window when dragging it to an external monitor?

I can do it with a shortcut, but looking for a fully automated way. Does Mission Control or macOS allow this?
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Can I snap windows to fill 1/4 of the screen like in Windows?

I know you can 'pin' two windows left/right on Mac through the full-screen option but is there no simple shortcut like on Windows, to resize/move just the current window top/left and bottom/right? In ...
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Keyboard shortcut to partition screen

I've recently started using a Macbook on a new job (macOS 10.15), coming from a Windows 10, and then more a Ubuntu background. A feature that both Windows 10 and Ubuntu had was the ability to have ...
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Remap ESC to Option-ESC in Office (Excel, Word, etc) with karabiner-elements

When I am using Safari in full screen, and I press ESC key it's minimized. So that's why I started using karabiner-elements. I install it, I use the first option in this page and the problem is ...
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Any way to save/manage finder states? Not just the windows, but their location and layout too?

I'd like to be able to hit a hotkey and load a saved state of the finder. Not just the window locations and size, but also their location, layout, (history?). There seem to be many solutions for ...
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Applescript activate not making the application fully active

I'm writing a script for an application that does not support scripting. This is a proprietary app that I'm stuck with, so there's no alternative for me. The problem I'm having is this app does not ...
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Hiding specific window (Enhanced Command+H)

Is there a way, native or third party tool, to hide a specific window instead of all Application Windows, which is the current behavior of all macOS versions. For example, when opening multiple ...
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Mac Os 10.13.6 started to reopen all previously opened windows of various applications

I use VSCode as my main text editor, and Sublime Text 3 also. I don't know what happened, but today my OS decided to show me all ever opened windows of my text editors when I start them from command ...
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Keyboard shortcut to decrease size of window?

I am trying to decrease the size of a given window, vertically. I have to manually hover over the top edge of the window, wait for the double arrow to show up, then pull down. Very annoying and time-...
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How to add a confirmation prompt window to warn before closing a window for any application?

This is about adding a Warn-Before-Closing Confirmation Dialog Window to all application windows in macOS before closing a window. How do I add a Confirmation Dialog Window when I click the Red 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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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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