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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Music.app quits unexpectedly on macOS Big Sur when trying to move the app window to an external Monitor

I have a 2019 Macbook Pro with Big Sur 11.2.1 and an external monitor connected via mini DP. When I try to move the Apple Music window to the external monitor, Music.app "Quits Unexpectedly"....
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How can I force a window to remain 'active' with Mojave, without disabling SIP?

Afloat and AfloatX are two options that might work, but one of them requires SIP to be permanently disabled with Mojave and the other one requires installation through Macforge (which also requires ...
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Prevent Safari from opening minimized window

When I’m doing research for a project I’ll have one window with lots of tabs. When I’m doing other work, I like to minimize that window to save it for later. What bothers me mightily is that I now ...
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Refresh rate of background windows

When recording a window in macOS Big Sur (with share screen in Zoom or in OBS) the window will go into "background mode" and start to refresh extremely slowly if it's completely obscured by ...
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How to get yabai to recognize zathura pdf viewer

I have been trying to switch to zathura from Skim but whenever I launch Zathura, yabai doesn't recognize and tile it like other windows, is there a way to fix this? For those not familiar with the ...
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Stop application from coming on top

I'm doing some web development testing which requires me to run a script which generates a virtual browser window. Whilst the script is running, the script interacts with the browser window several ...
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Maximizing (not fulll screen) safari window in Bug Sur not working (Option Click Plus)

I am using Big Sur. Inside the Messages app when I click the green circle in the upper left hand corner while holding the Option key the green icon will display a black plus (+) sign and the window ...
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Selecting app icon in app switcher (w/ alt+tab) doesn't show its window if the app is on different workspace in macos catalina

Whenever an app icon is selected in app switcher (triggered by alt+tab) its window does not show in macOS Catalina if the app is on a different workspace. When the icon is selected, nothing happens ...
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Simulate user login using command-line utilities

Sometimes, I need to create a login session (create windowserver instance, run login items / launchagents) of an admin user, because a lot of software cannot be run under root (but can be run as ...
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Dock flush with windows in Catalina is distracting

For years, I have always placed the MacOS Dock on the left side of the screen. This means that when I ask a window to open to full size, the left side of the window is next to the dock. This never ...
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Application/window opening default location on desktop

Some applications have fixed locations on the Desktop where their windows open. For instance, Preview always opens a new image in the upper right corner of my right most Thunderbolt Display. Get Info ...
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Mojave's changes to application states

Before I upgraded to Mojave, there were two Apple applications that remained open after I would close them. Now, their behavior has changed quite a bit. The applications are Mail and Messages. Until ...
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Customize title bar color of application windows

I'm a software developer and my daily work involves about 8 or 10 different applications or web-based tools. I work on a 13" MB Pro without an external monitor, and typically I use the touch pad'...
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Maximize window after cmd+tab switching to app with only one window minimized?

One thing is very annoying on macOS: Imagine you have an App openen, line Notes - with only one window. You minimize this window so it's as an icon in the dock, not showing on the screen (coz for ...
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Disable window resize while maximised

When you maximise (Apple calls it "Zoom") a window on MacOS like this: Then it fills the screen like you'd expect from normal operating systems. However unlike other operating systems it ...
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Is there a full screen app switcher / manager for macOS?

I'm looking, more or less, for an equivalent to Magnet, Rectangle or Spectacle, but for apps in full screen. Alternatively, I'm looking for an I often work in split full screen mode: 2/3 of the window ...
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Atom's application window disappeared

I have been using Atom for many months on Macbook (now 10.15.7), but in the past week or so, its window has started disappearing more and more often. If I right-click on a file, and then Open in -> ...
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Maximize minimized windows on app switcher by default

When selecting an app with the app switcher (CMD+TAB) it will do nothing if the window happens to be minimized (or the app is active but doesn't have windows open). In this answer I was informed that ...
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Take svg screenshot

Sometimes I need to make screenshots of a webpage or a text document (PDF, word, etc.) and I want to be able to zoom in after making the screenshot and still have a clear resolution. Since svg is ...
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How do I make the Android emulator full screen on macOS?

I set up a custom Android emulator virtual device in Android Studio and everything seems to work perfectly, but I am not able to full screen the emulator window. I can resize the window just fine, but ...
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Is there a way or an app for getting a specific window layout across different monitors with ease?

I like to have my apple calendar and asana visible at all times in specific areas of my screens. However, oftentimes when I turn off your my mac or when I loose myself into whatever I'm doing I tend ...
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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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