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 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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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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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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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

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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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 ...
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Native OS X Windows Snap Features 2018

As an Ubuntu and MS-Windows user, I regularly used the hotkey to snap a window to half the screen. This feature was built-in to the operating system. There are 7 year old threads which lists third ...
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Keyboard shortcut for cascading multiple windows of same application in macOs

Need to know, Is there any app, which gives a keyboard shortcut Or any inbuilt keyboard shortcut to cascade windows(attached pic for reference) of same in application in macOs Note that I'm not ...
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How to change the switch window key?

On my Macbook with a US-International physical keyboard, the windows of one application are cycled with CMD+`. Now I also use an iMac that has a German keyboard (the printing on the keys). I switched ...
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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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Moving document windows to a particular screen and location

I have two monitors, one landscape orientation and one portrait and like to view text documents in portrait orientation. This means that every time I open a document I have to drag it to the correct ...
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Swipe up/down on window top to maximize/resize to default size

I upgraded my Mac's OS from macOS Sierra to macOS High Sierra today and found one feature disappeared: I used to swipe up on top empty area of a window to maximize the window to "fill" the full screen ...
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How to have Gnome-like ALT + TAB window manager?

In Gnome using ALT + TAB you get a window manager to navigate to the child windows of Firefox or Google Chrome: In macOS holding CMD + press TAB gives similar window manager but you cant navigate to ...
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AppleScript: How to create a new Finder window for a folder that is already open?

The problem, outside of AppleScript: To witness the problem1, do the following: Double-click on a folder that exists on the Desktop. Doing so will open this folder in Finder.app. Return to the ...
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App for mac that automatically rearranges apps when I plug in to an external monitor [duplicate]

I'm looking for an app for my mac that automatically rearranges apps when I plug in to an external monitor. An app that let's me arrange windows in certain positions and save them as configurations ...
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How can I force macOS to show the window of a program that I know is open but won't appear anywhere?

My problem arises because sometimes I'm doing something on my MacBook and the user session logs out, as if I'd restarted the computer. Normally it's something exerting that must overload my RAM, like ...
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Show preview when switching windows with ⌘+Tab

The ⌘+Tab key combination switches between active and background windows on my MacOS on MBP. When hitting this combination, a small preview of the selected window appears. Another hit on the Tab key ...
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Is there a way to merge windows of the same application without a “Merge All Windows” menu item?

Some macOS applications (e.g. Finder or Terminal, but also third-party apps like SourceTree) have a Windows > Merge All Windows menu item that allows to merge all application windows into a single, ...
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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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Is there a way to auto-resize programs like in Windows 7 and up? [duplicate]

One of my favorite Windows features is the ability to slam a program into the side of the screen to auto-resize it to fill that half of the screen. Is there any program I can download for Mac that ...
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Any key board shortcut to move application to another workspace in MacOS sierra? [duplicate]

I want my applications to be moved between workspaces with only keyboard in MAC OS SIERRA Is it possible to move application to next workspace by any open source free tools ? any alfred workflows? ...
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How did I set this annoying window margin on MacOS app and how to remove it?

Some time ago I pressed a weird key combination that seemed to add a margin to the top and bottom of active application window (in this case, iTerm2). See screenshot below: It doesn't happen on any ...
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Xcode's Organizer window gets lost, when using 2 external monitors

The Xcode's Organizer window (Window -> Organizer) disappears, when using multiple (in my case 2) external monitors. Xcode's Window -> Bring all to front command doesn't bring the window back onto ...

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