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 there a keyboard shortcut or app to *SWITCH* displays content?

Is there a free app or shortcut that I can switch my Mac's windows content from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard or app? I know there is a way to move ...
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What are the pro's and con's between Yabai and Amethyst window manager [closed]

I already have BetterSnapTools, but it lacks some features which I liked on my old Windows laptop (I had AquaSnap installed, which actually has a lot of great features which I miss on the Mac). ...
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How to “resize” side-by-side windows SIMULTANEOUSLY on Mac?

I recently switched from Windows to Mac M1 running Big Sur and can't find a feature that I had on my Windows Laptop. On windows, I had AquaSnap installed, which has really nice features. One of those ...
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Is there a way to switch virtual desktops on my monitors SIMULTANEOUSLY?

I have my laptop (M1, Big Sur 11.3 Build 20E5186d) and a second monitor. I split up my virtual desktops into "topics" so I can better handle the big amount of open windows and applications. ...
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Is there a config option to maximize widows that are minimized when you select them via cmd+tab

Is there a config option so maximize widows that are minimized when you select them via cmd+tab? I understand why this might be not possible, since technically the selection involves the app, not the ...
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Any nice, stable ways to keep a window 'Always on top' on the Mac?

I am looking for a stable way to keep any window 'always on top' on OSX. Afloat, an app that does that requires SIMBL/easySIMBL, which it seems is not very stable. Are there any better solutions? It'...
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Show window preview when switching windows of the SAME app

I've recently switched to MacOS from Ubuntu, and have been trying to replicate my usual keyboard shortcuts for window management. I'm using Cmd+` to switch between windows of the same app, but when ...
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Using SIMBL to install Afloat

I have the plugin for Afloat, I just don't know how to start it up. I've disabled SIP. I can't find the app in Applications and the window options haven't changed at all. Am I supposed to run the app ...
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How can I script selective minimization of documents in text edit when several files may be open?

From the Terminal, or in a shell file, I know how to open multiple files in a particular app in text edit from the command line and have all of their windows minimized like this: open -a TextEdit.app ~...
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Window out of visible workspace range / unreachable

I'm running OS X Lion on a MacBook Air 11", and when I unplug my secondary display, some windows (e.g., Finder) are overflowing at the edge of the screen. This usually happens on the right-hand side ...
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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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Minimize all but the active of the current application's windows

I switch to, for example, Safari and find the window I want. I can Command-Option-H to hide all the other applications, but I also want to minimize all the Safari windows except the one I'm using (the ...
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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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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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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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How to pin a window on top of other windows in OS X? [duplicate]

I used to use an app called Afloat that let me pin windows on top of all other windows on the Desktop. However, Afloat stopped being maintained at some point and it doesn't work with more recent ...
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Best app to switch between all open windows

After 4 years of being a Mac user, there is only one thing that I still miss from the Windows world, and that is being able to switch with a single keystroke between all open windows in the computer. ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side?

In Windows 7, we can easily arrange two windows with these shortcuts: Option (Alt) ⌥ + ← maximizes the window to the left side of the screen, and Option (Alt) ⌥ + → maximizes the window to the right ...
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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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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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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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Is there a keyboard shortcut to move a window from one monitor to another?

Is there a free app that I can use to move a window from one monitor to the other monitor (assuming only two monitors) via the keyboard? I shouldn't have to use the mouse at all (e.g., for selecting ...
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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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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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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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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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How do you maximize windows?

Unlike Windows, you cannot maximize a window in Mac with a click of the button. The little green (+) button next to the red and yellow buttons at the left of the windows does some strange stuff ...
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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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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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(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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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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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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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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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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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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Maximise window in OS X only using App Store extention

We know maximise a window in OS X (like we do in Ubuntu Unity or MS Windows) is not currently possible. Are there any third party extensions available from OS X App Store to achieve this? (I don't ...
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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 to change the default behaviour of the fullscreen/maximize button?

There is a question that deals with the different behaviour of the fullscreen button in the window bar. There, it is shown that by doing: ⌥ + ⇧ + Click on green or outer right icon (plus icon) I can ...
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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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'Always on top' window on macOS

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 an application or way to overcome the issue. ...
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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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