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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Pin Application to Specific Screen

Is there anyway to pin windows that an application launches to a specific screen? As an example zoom launches two windows when starting a meeting one that for video and one with meeting information. ...
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How to use Catalina window snapping feature?

I keep reading about a window snapping feature in Catalina but I cannot for the life of me get it to work. From https://www.hellotech.com/blog/the-best-features-macos-catalina: All you have to do is ...
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Reuse Cmd+Tab for hammerspoon application switcher

I set up hammerspoon and use hs.window.switcher as mentioned in the docs. I.e. switcher_space = hs.window.switcher.new(hs.window.filter.new():setCurrentSpace(true):setDefaultFilter{}) hs.hotkey.bind('...
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Slowdown and lost windows when connecting/disconnecting external monitor

When I connect my external monitor, my 2017 MacBook Pro (OS 10.15) will freeze or have severe slowdown for more than a minute. When disconnecting, I often lose windows that I can't recover through any ...
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Finder always opens as a small window on the top left corner of the screen

Finder always opens as a small window on the top left corner of the screen. I adjust the window size, position, but after a while when I open the window again it opens as a small window on the top ...
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Can I disable the hover menu on a window's green maximize button?

I just updated my macOS to 10.15.7. I notice that now when I hover over the window's green maximize button for about a second it now presents me with a menu, which I have to click to dismiss. Is ...
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How to tile windows without going into full screen?

Currently, if I want to tile two instances, I press the green button on the top-left and place the instance accordingly. However, each of the tiled instances always go into full screen mode. For a ...
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Windows resize to maximum for no reason

On High Sierra, from time to time, my current window maximizes itself without any keyboard or mouse dragging. Mostly it is in browsers. I use both Chrome and Firefox. I hate this and want it to stop. ...
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Command in shell script to minimize particular window of an open app? [duplicate]

How can I include in a (zsh) shell script a command that will minimize one particular window among several windows open in a specified app? I already know how to include a command that opens an app ...
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Why these window couldn't appear in the right location after enabling “Auto hide menubar” feature on macOS Catalina?

On my mac, I have enabled auto hide menubar and auto hide Dock. After then, I found some applications didn't work as expected. Like Noizio, which is a white noise generation app, it often starts as ...
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Window always stay on top on Catalina?

With Catalina, is there an easy solution to have a window (not just a browser window) always on top of other windows? This is an example (Mutify) of a window that I always want to show on top:
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Rearrange fullscreen windows in macOS

I have a few fullscreen windows opened. I can use a trackpad gesture to navigate through them. But to rearrange them, I have to exit fullscreen on some windows and enter fullscreen on them again, but ...
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How to check a log of which tasks have been opened on a Mac?

I'm running macOS 10.15.6 (19G2021) on a Late 2018 Mac mini. For the last few months, I have been observing a somewhat strange phenomenon: Every hour or so, usually when running the Chrome browser, a ...
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(macOS) Two windows side by side: is there a way to allow stretching one window to minimum width?

My daily case: I usually have .pdf viewer for articles + MS Word side by side and Web browser + markdown side by side. My struggle is windows stretching - for example, when I read .pdf I would like to ...
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Is there a setting to make the green window button use the old default behaviour?

I was wondering if there was a way to make the green window traffic light button default to the old behaviour of maximizing the window instead of making it go into a full screen app. Currently I have ...
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When switching window with cmd+tab, focus not on open finder window, but on original monitor

Issue summary: Finder window not in focus after switching to it with cmd-tab Background: I'm using two monitors, A and B. I have 1 Finder window open only on B. Steps to reproduce: I start off on ...
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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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