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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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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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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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Getting `screen` to reconnect to the display after a logout/login cycle

Due to what appear to be memory leaks in WindowServer it seems to be necessary to log in and out periodically to free up multiple GB of RAM under High Sierra. I'd like to avoid having to rebuild my ...
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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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Desktop and open applications visible for 0.5-3 seconds before login prompt MacOS Mojave

Since updating to MacOS Mojave, whenever I touch my keyboard or move my mouse to wakeup the computer from display sleep, I can see all the open windows as if I was logged in- but without any control ...
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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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Window moved after wake up from sleep

When I leave my MacBook Pro idle for a while (either login or logout), it will automatically go into sleep mode. After I enter my password and wake it up from this mode, I usually see all the windows ...
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switch to a Full Screen application with keybind

I use a lot of Spaces and I switch between them using keybinds (from cmd + 1 to access the first space, to cmd + 5 to access the last one). I'd like to switch to a Full Screen application using the ...
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WindowServer process takes a lot of memory

I'm using a MBP 13" 2014 on macOS high Sierra with a 4k monitor. The memory usage of WindowsServer can go quite high (up to 40 GB). The only solution I found is to reboot my computer -- as the ...
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Switching between merged windows (tabs) of the same application

The shortcut for switching between windows of the same application Command-~ doesn't seem to work when attempting to switch between merged application windows (when the windows are listed in tabs). ...
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How to tile floating windows

In the application I write in (Ableton Live), there are always several floating windows open. ("Floating" in the OSX sense: ^F6 toggles through them). I use them so often that I need a way to tile ...
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Change stylistcally how Preview opens

I have an issue which I hope some advance settings tweaker can aid me with, since it has to do with how Preview windows open when reading images/pdf's. For a long time, I have always preferred ...
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Auto hide all other apps when clicking on an app’s window

Heading says it all really. I have lots of windows open, belonging to lots of apps. Sometimes when working in one app I click on one of the windows of another app, and that window becomes the active ...
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How to Disable resize window on mouse over edge

I have my window in full screen and I want to scroll. In Windows, I would just move the mouse all the way to the right side of the screen where the scroll bar is. Then I would click down and scroll. ...
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'Always on top' window on macOS High Sierra

I need a way to put any chosen window to be always on top. For example, if I read a book in iBooks or I'm writing code in XCode using Sublime Text. I want a application or way to overcome the issue. I ...
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Can I crash the window manager on MacOs?

I have no idea how I got there, but when I open an iterm session ... it doesn't show me the shell, but it rather looks like the window manager is broken. The shell window isn't showing a shell, but ...
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How do I disable automatic app switching?

I recently encountered this scenario: I had Evernote open, and it was updating itself. When I clicked "Update and Relaunch", I immediately switched back to Ommwriter. What I didn't expect was that ...
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Move Window by clicking on any part (as on Linux)?

On Linux (or X in general), it's possible to move a window while holding down a modifier key (Alt+drag or Super+drag) and clicking on ANY part of the window. This makes moving windows super easy, as ...
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Understanding macOS's Keyboard Shortcuts

I was looking at some of the built-in keyboard shortcuts in macOS, and some of them are totally incomprehensible to me. I tried to do some research, but couldn't find any useful answers. All of them ...
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Some Apps Appear in Mission Control but Not in the Application Switcher

I was wondering why there is a discrepancy between the apps and windows that appear in Mission Control, versus those that show up in the application switcher (CMD+TAB). Mission Control always seem to ...
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Don't maximize an app's window which was previously minimized to dock when click app icon in dock?

Is it possible to prevent a system from maximizing an app's window which was previously minimized to dock when I click the app icon in Dock or when I type app name in Spotlight/Alfred? What I want to ...
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AutoRaise (bring window to front) - XQuartz

I'd like focus-follows-mouse (autoraise) with XQuartz windows (for X-Forwarding purposes). I'm using a small app posted on SO on this thread and it works OK for regular apps (which run under Quartz, ...
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Window being maximized while holding title bar

I often will hold a window's title bar while reading something, and every once in a while the window will become maximized while I'm holding it. I can't totally reproduce this, so I'm not sure the ...
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How to switch focus to the app based on its PID from CLI?

I've started using Firefox with multiple profiles, however sometimes I'm lost and I can't find the right window. For example given I've the process with PID 1234 such as: $ ps wuax | grep -w Foo ...
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Native macOS window management

I'm wondering if we'll ever see native window management in macOS just like Windows 10 offers it. What I mean by that is the Windows key + Arrow keys functionality for moving windows around, halfing ...
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High Sierra: WindowManager and kernel_task - Now you see it, now you don't!

I have long had issues with both Window Manager and kernel_task taking up seemingly inordinate amounts of resources on my systems going back in the OS release cycle for as long as I can remember, but ...
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macOS: What is this mysterious white window?

This small white window often pops up and it's very annoying. I'm using macOS Sierra 10.12.6 It may or may not be related to these questions: 1, 2 The only way to get it to disappear is to click on ...
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How to force quit the “Force Quit Applications” window

The "Force Quit Applications" window opened spontaneously due to memory pressure. Now I can't close the "Force Quit Applications" window itself . The "X" button doesn't close the window and it doesn'...
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macOS standard keyboard shortcuts for tabbing between windows [duplicate]

Are there any key combinations standards for tabbing between windows within an application? For example, in the Safari web browser: CTRL-TAB will cycle through the open tabs. It would be nice if ...