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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How to activate only one window of an app to the foreground?

I am using a multiple-monitor setup. Every time I click on a window of an app, it will bring all windows of that app to the foreground, which hides some other apps on the other monitor. This is very ...
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Limit app switcher to active display

When pressing ⌘+tab  , I want to cycle through only the apps on the display that contains the app which currently has focus or contains the cursor. Likewise, when pressing ⌘+ ` , 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 do I change the appearance of the window that has focus?

I find that I frequently close the wrong window or app by accident, because I think that (for example) the Browser window I am looking at has the focus, when in fact another app, such as iTerm really ...
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Why do app windows not extend to bottom of screen?

I run OS X 10.10.3 and occasionally notice (must've been there forever, it's not very obtrusive, but occasionally annoying) that windows which are maximized but not in full screen leave some space at ...
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Stop windows from resizing automatically?

OS X keeps hitting a pet peeve nerve that I have, and it is normally happening with internet browsers. I'll describe two examples: When using Safari, I am surfing normally on one web page. I open a ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the two split windows of the same app in full-screen

What is the keyboard shortcut to switch focus between the split windows of the same app (not between all the windows, only the 2 split ones)? ⌘ + ↹ works only if you switch back from one split window ...
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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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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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Automatically maximize windows when cycle through them using cmd + tab

I'm pretty new to macOS and today I tried to find out how to maximize a window as I cycle through them using Command+Tab. Here I found that I can maximize window just clicking alt before I release ...
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Glueing set of windows together

Is it possible to glue a set of windows so that they can be moved, resized, fullscreened, etc, as one ?
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Is there a tool or scripting approach to change the arrangement of displays?

I move my monitors around a bit during the day. Specifically I rotate them or move my laptop to different positions. Each time I have to open up System Preferences > Displays > Arrangement and make ...
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de-grouping iTerm2 windows

Activating iTerm2's "hotkey window" (i.e. drop-down console) also brings to front all other iTerm2 windows. Is there a way to avoid this, making OS X treat each window as a separate application rather ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Yosemite: How to change the index of a specific monitor while using a set of multiple monitors?

Say you use a MacBook Pro (MBP) and you have a specific monitor setup of at least two external monitors. As the main desktop you use the internal monitor of the MacBook Pro. This monitor setup you use ...
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Meld on OSX 10.10 - half screen

I installed Meld using homebrew on a stock OSX 10.10. It works, but it doesn't seem to understand the size of my screen (actually two screens, same behavior on both built in and secondary display). ...
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Poor X Windows performance

I use Macs a lot to host applications running on Linux boxes via X Windows, but tend to find that, after some period of time, I can no longer open new X Windows clients on the Mac - I get messages ...
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Customizing new-window placement

Is there any way for a user to customize how OSX chooses where to place new windows? It would be great if I could create rules for how that's done, especially if I could do it per-application. To be ...
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Which App saves and restores window size/position on relaunch of an app?

Is there an app that saves (when I quit the application) and restores the window size and position of an application the next time I start it? I found apps like Optimal-Layout, Breeze and Simple ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Focus follows mouse (and autoraise) for Chrome windows

Is there a way to enable focus-follows-mouse behavior for Google Chrome windows? The desired behavior is that if there are two browser windows, occupying the left and right halves of the screen, then ...
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Make Aquamacs' windows zoom like ordinary Mac apps?

When I double-click on a window in Aquamacs, it keeps the same width but maximises its height. A second double-click maximises the width as well. A third double-click returns it to its original size ...
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Resize to size less than setContentMinSize:

It is extremely annoying when some apps set the minimal size of their window too big. Ie. viber window is huge and should be very small considering occasionally arriving messages (there are a lot of ...
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How to identify process based on the visible window?

On Unix/Linux there are some tools such as xwininfo, xdotool, xkill or xprop to identify a window's PID by clicking on it, but they only work with X11. Is there any similar solution for macOS? To get ...
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Strange problem: Mac OS Sierra (10.12.1) open or save file dialogs are not appearing (in any app)

Because of some overly-enthusiastic self-written clean script on my Mac I have run into a very specific problem: all my applications are refusing to open 2nd windows, e.g. 'save file', 'open file', '...
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Combine screens into pseudo-high-resolution

I'm a visual thinker. I prefer seeing everything laid out clearly and then moving around a big layout. With screen zoom, I can quickly zoom in-and-out on parts of the screen. Right now, if I tile ...
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Xcode not saving full screen size

Xcode is opening with a window with the height 778px. If I decrease is height and restart it, it correctly saves and restores the new height, but if I increase it to occupy the full screen, it resets ...
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How to close the strange blank white panel on my screen?

It's really strange there is often a small white panel on my screen, which can be moved and resized, but I can find no way to close it. I don't know where it is coming from. Does anyone know what's ...
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OSE switch to application from mobile device

Is there a mobile app that lets you view the list applications you're currently running on a computer you're using? For instance, my mobile device would connect as a client to my MacBook Pro, and ...
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Chrome window all screwed up after locking or disconnecting second monitor?

I've noticed that when I unlock my computer or disconnect a second monitor, about 25% of the time my chrome window will resize itself to about 100 pixels tall and position itself at the top of the ...
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Get list of recently focused windows/processes

An application on my Mac seems to want to take focus away roughly every 4-5 minutes. I hate to complain, but it is quite distracting and rather irritating. If I am in the middle of typing and not ...
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Why can't I move a window below the dock?

I'm trying to move a window so that I can see part of the title at the top of the dock, basically the text in between where the individual icons on the dock stick up. I am fine with this as basically ...
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Can RedQuits be made to work with Chrome and OS X?

I am used to RedQuits as I like Chrome to behave the same way under different OSes (i.e. closing last window quits application), but I can't make it work on a new iMac with Lion. Others have similar ...