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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What Window Management Options exist for OS X?

I'd like to do something with my windows on OS X, where something includes options like re-arranging, moving, re-sizing, remembering positions, cloning across Spaces, etc. What options exist? Rules ...
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What is an efficient way for developers / power users to use OSX window management and Spaces on a single screen?

This may be a strange question. Background: I usually work in a multiple monitor setup, where I can plaster the screen with all my windows so nothing I might need to switch to is ever hidden from ...
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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 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 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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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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Do any window managers allow me to snap windows to the sides of the display?

Can you recommend a Window Manager for the Mac? I would like to have a keyboard shortcut that would snap a windows to the left or right half of my screen.
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Snap feature for Mac?

Coming from Windows I have gotten extremely used to the Windows Snap feature, which resizes a window when it's dragged to the screen edges. However, it's not built into OS X. Are there any 3rd party ...
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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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How would I make a keyboard shortcut to *maximize* the current window?

I love using the keyboard in Windows. It's an integrated part of the OS, and it feels like it; nearly every mouse action has a keyboard equivalent. However, as I am starting to use Macs more and more,...
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How to set default Window position and/or size?

Whenever I start an application like Terminal or Preview, they are always opened as a small window on the top left corner of the screen. Is there any way to set them to open in the center of the ...
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Enable click-through, preferrably for all applications

I would like to enable click-through on all windows. Is this possible on Lion? To be more specific, "click-through" as defined by Apple in the Mac OS X Human Interface Guidelines means "that the user ...
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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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Move windows around a desktop — and to different desktops — using only the keyboard?

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish using only a keyboard: Move a window to different areas/corners of a desktop Move a window to different desktops Set/unset a window as shown/sticky on all ...
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Script to raise a single window to the front

In a script I'm trying to find the Terminal.app window containing a specific tty device and raise that window to the top. Here's what I have in Applescript so far: tell application "System Events" ...
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How do I alt+f4 in OS X? I want to close focused window

I am looking for a way to close the currently focused window using a keyboard shortcut. Effectively I want to do the same thing as the red "X" button in the top left corner, only using a keyboard. On ...
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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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Remember window sizes and placement when unplugging and replugging second monitor

Here’s something that sucks: Plug in external monitor to laptop (Mac OS X Leopard in my case). Arrange your windows to have the IDE on one screen and browser on another. (Etc etc. Resize, rearrange, ...
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Menu bar icons get hidden by long menu bar items

Sometimes on my Macbook Pro when I have a lot of icons in the menu bar, if I start an application which has a lot of menu items, some of these icons get automatically obscured by the menu items. For ...
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Raise/lower/move/resize windows with mouse + modifier keys

I'm a longtime FVWM user over on the Linux side and have developed some keyboard + mouse shortcuts that I find very helpful in managing windows. Specifically: left click + command + shift = send to ...
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How do I make OS X auto focus on the window in the screen the mouse moves into?

I work with two screens. On the primary screen, I have XCode on. On the other screen, I have the browser. While reading docs, I am usually focused on the XCode screen, typing in code. So I want to ...
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Window management app on mac os x?

I currently use "Stay," and have tried other tools (haven't really loved any of them), but I am looking for a window management tool that does the following: Store my window locations Have a separate ...
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Switching from Ubuntu to OS X and I'm lost

Situation I got tired of some bugs/annoyments in Ubuntu(=some programs coming along with it). For example after using compiz for a few days I found bugs that were distracting my work flow pretty bad (...
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Gap at the bottom of maximized windows

How can i get rid of the gap at the bottom of the screen when i maximized a window? The gap is almost imperceptible but at the bottom of a maximized window a few pixel are not filled, there one can ...
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How to make Chrome open a new window for external Links

As some people might know, the default behavior for external links of Google Chrome is quite bad. I'm using Spaces, and opening a link in some application outside of Google Chrome while being on a ...
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How can I disable rounded window corners in OS X

Is there any way that the rounded window corners can be disabled in OS X Lion (10.7.3) ? Update: It's the bottom two corners that I have problem with as they show up even in full screen mode.
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How to make terminals open side-by-side?

I use terminals a lot, and I frequently open and close them. The problem is that whenever I open a new terminal using ⌘+n it overlaps the current one, and I have to move it out of the way first. ...
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What setting causes OS X to let you resize windows behind the dock?

I've set up my fair share of Macs over the years, but I've never been able to pinpoint what setting tells OS X that you're ok with being able to drag-resize a window vertically so that it goes behind ...
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How do I prevent my Mac from opening so many windows every time I restart?

I have to restart my Mac all the time because I'm using Boot Camp and switching in between Windows 8 and OS X. Every time I restart and come back to OS X, my screen gets flooded with open windows, ...
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Lion opens lots of windows automatically after a restart. How can I stop that?

Lion opens lots of windows automatically after a restart. How can I stop that? It's very annoying. Is there a way to stop this? I found an option in System Preferences ("Restore windows when ...
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Windows aren't quite maximized when opened

When I open window in a program, I typically want it to take up my entire screen (but not be in full screen mode, just maximally sized) Instead, there is a thin gap at the left edge of the screen. It ...
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Can Spaces be configured by project, rather than by application?

Spaces seems to give you a choice of having a given software application open in a single space or in all spaces. Is there a way to configure Spaces to so that each space is devoted to a particular ...
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Remove Mac maximize window left margin

When maximizing a Mac window with the green button, it will not maximize to full size, but have a little left margin from the left side. I guess there is no setting to change that, but that margin ...
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Double-clicking a window’s title bar to minimize it in Mavericks

After upgrading to Mavericks I’m no longer able to minimize a window to the Dock by double-clicking on its title bar. How do I get this functionality back?
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Full height window is not full height El Capitan

I have the issue that my windows are not really full height in OS X. I'm new to OS X so I don't know if this is new. Here is an example image: Watch the few bottom pixels, the background just shows ...
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How to change Cmd+Tab on OS X to make it behave like on Windows or Linux? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best app to switch between all open windows (Witch alternatives) I'm looking for a way of making the window switching behave more like on Windows, to switch to last open ...
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Replacement for MercuryMover

It looks like my favorite OS X "window management" app, MercuryMover, is becoming abandonware. I'm looking for a well-supported alternative. I like MercuryMover because it is keyboard-driven, has a ...
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How to expand windows fully?

When I click the green plus icon in any window, I would like it to expand to the full size of my monitor, instead of having to drag the corner of the screen. I have seen paid ($10+) tools that do ...
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How to move window to different desktop via keyboard in Lion?

In Snow Leopard, to move a window to a different space, I had to use the mouse to select the window and use the keyboard to select the target space (e.g., ctrl + 1,2,3). In Lion, what keyboard (maybe ...
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How I can unminimize windows from an application using a key combination?

Coming from the Windows world, I was initially used to using Cmd-Tab to switch between open windows. On OS X this switches between applications, so I had to learn to use Ctrl-` to switch between ...
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How do I move a window to my secondary monitor above the menu bar?

I just bought a second monitor which I've placed on a stand above my macbook. It seems to be working great but I can't move any application windows on to it because it's also above the menu bar. Is ...
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Switch between windows (not applications) in both directions

I can't switch between windows smoothly. On Windows I could use Ctrl+Tab to scroll through all open Windows and Ctrl+Shift+Tab to scroll in the other direction. On the Mac, I use Cmd+Tab to scroll ...
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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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Can I disable macOS Sierra's sticky window edges?

In macOS Sierra, the window edges are sticky and grab the edges of the display, the top of the Dock and the bottom of the menu bar when being moved around. This is very useful most of the time, but ...
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Resizing/moving windows with keypress and mouse in Mac OS X

A few years ago I remember a friend using an application in Ubuntu that made window management extremely easy. If you wanted to move the active window, you would press a key and drag the window by ...
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OS X. Should I quit apps or close windows (red cross button behavior)?

I've googled a lot about X button, that doesn't quit app, but simply close the window andnd haven't found a clear answer. I want to be able to know if open apps affect battery life or other ...
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Alternative way to move windows around screen

In X (Xfree86 on Linux or UNIX) I could move a window around the screen by holding down a modifier key (the CTRL key if memory serves me correctly) and move a window around the screen by dragging it ...
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Switching between windows of one application in multiple spaces

I know you can use command + ` to switch between windows in one program in one space. But this is only in the one space, if you have other windows from the same App in different spaces ... it won't ...
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Closing a window in Mission Control

Is it possible to close a window within the Mission Control interface? E.g. by highlighting a window and perform a keyboard/mouse shortcut?
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How can I find alert-type dialogs that prevent other windows of the same application to be focussed?

Here's the problem: I just finished burning a CD using the standard feature through Finder, I could hear the "done" sound. At that time, I had a different application focussed (e.g. Chrome). An alert-...