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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Window Management - Move Window

My issue is that I left my Mac on with an external (as an extended) display. When I came back the secondary display denies coming live. There is an application there (Word) which I cannot reach it ...
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Script for getting windows from beyond display border

I have a problem with my new monitor. Often when I unlock the screen, there are windows that are hanging beyond desktop border. It is quite irritating having to drag them back to the window centre ...
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Why do some applications ignore resize requests from finder

I have an AppleScript which allows me to maximize a window (not fullscreen just maximize (keep top bar & task bar)). For some reason certain applications ignore the request and just stay the same ...
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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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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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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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macOS: Is there a way to keep the Emoji & Symbol viewer on top/without disappearing?

Since I'm not a MacBook Pro /w Touch Bar user, I occasionally use the macOS Emoji & Symbols viewer to double-click various emoji entries into the system. However, the Emoji & Symbols viewer is ...
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Is it possible to add a third app to split view?

I want to open 3 apps in split view. Where one is on the left side while 2 are stacked over on the right side. Do I need another tool for it or can I do it in macOS itself?
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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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How to make script out of focus in AppleScript?

I have an Automator Service that is comprised of a single "Run AppleScript" action. The AppleScript basically consists of a series of dialogs. In the middle of the script, the script relies on ...
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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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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 change the size of a Google Hangouts window in AppleScript?

Using AppleScript, I want to set the bounds of the window for the Google Hangouts desktop application. The application file is located at: /Users/Me/Applications/Chrome Apps.localized/Default ...
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How to keep an application on top of all windows using AppleScript?

I have an AppleScript .app file that basically consists of a series of dialogs. I would like to keep this application on top of all other windows (including on top of any new windows that are created ...
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macOS equivalent to Ubuntu mouse middle button on window title bar to lower window?

On Ubuntu it's extremely handy to lower a given window by clicking mouse middle button on title bar ... is there a macOS equivalent ? PS. to lower a window is simply to keep an open window at ...
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Is there shortcut to switch between visible windows (apps) within current desktop?

I have 3+ windows (different apps) placed on a single desktop. Also i have bunch of other desktops with other windows-setups. How do i toggle focus between visible windows of current desktop?
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Stay on top windows [duplicate]

Is there any app which allow any windows (safari / Text edit) to remain on top, even in full screen ? From what I search, afloat used to be a good solution but with random result.
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Is there a way to flip the functionality of the green full screen / maximize button? [duplicate]

As we all know, clicking the green traffic light button on the windows in mac osx enter the app into fullscreen mode. Doing an Option + Click makes the window usually resizes to the to the maximum ...
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When using CMD-Tab, how to re-open the app's main window?

I hit this problem often when interacting with some Apple applications, mainly Messages and iTunes. After starting a song with iTunes, to clear my screen and get back to work I close the iTunes ...
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Switching between applications always hides other apps

When switching between applications how does one allow applications to stack or remain in view? Example: I have a web browser open (not in full screen but sized to cover the full display) I then ...
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CMD + Tab from fullscreen app switches to wrong application

Sometimes I have a fullscreen app open , say safari. Then I want to switch to Terminal app thats open on the desktop( along with other apps like preview etc). When I cmd tab from safari to terminal , ...
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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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Keyboard Shortcut to manipulate window position

I'm looking for a 'Bring all to back' command. In fact, I'm using Magnet and I have many superposed windows, and I would like to put the front window A to back in order to see the window B just below ...
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How do I move a window so that its title bar is above the visible screen area?

How can I drag/move a window so that its top is above the screen? I want to be able to resize a window taller vertically than the screen itself, and then take a picture of the window, but I don't ...
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Window manager freezes when triggering Exposé on macOS Sierra?

On my MacBook Pro (Early 2015), I've been struggling with a problem since I upgraded to Sierra. I don't use Exposé very often, but some times, when I trigger it accidentally with a swipe on the ...
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How do I make an application's window span the whole width/height of my screen?

I want to make an application use the whole width or height of my screen without having to drag the bottom/right sides to the edge of the screen. I also want to do this for the bottom right corner (as ...
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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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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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Can't resize IntelliJ window

I'm running OSX Yosemite and using JetBrains IntelliJ 2016.2.3. I can't resize the IDE window, except for the maximize or minimize buttons. What I want to do is use the mouse to stretch the borders ...
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Force windows to be maximized but not fullscreen?

On my Early 2015 13" MBP, on both El Capitan and macOS Sierra, I notice that some windows -- particularly Google Chrome, of which I have the latest stable version -- often seem to resize themselves ...
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How to resize an iBooks' book window after switching between display?

I was reading a book on my MBP when it connects to two external monitors. I have make the book window fits the screen width. However after I disconnected the monitors and tried to read the book on ...
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CMD + ` to switch between windows on Turkish keyboard

I have a Macbook Pro with Turkish keyboard layout and I haven't been able to find what the equivalent shortcut combination for command+` to switch between windows, especially on Chrome. Does anyone ...
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How do I change window size that is not Finder?

When I go to open in Photoshop or in FCPX or in other programs - window size is small. Need the default to be larger. Any Ideas? (I know how to resize Finder window)
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Mysterious box floats on second display and won't go away

I don't know where this comes from. I can't click it, it is only present on the second display; when I mirror displays it goes away. Does anyone have an idea what this could be? I realise a reboot/...
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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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How to make CMD+Tab show current window

The most ongoing annoying thing about OSX is that I'll switch to an app with CMD+Tab and it only shows the top menu bar. How do I make it also show the current window like it does in Windows?
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How can I send focused window beneath other windows like Alt+Esc do in Windows?

I don't want to minimize it (⌘+M) or hide it (⌘+H). I want other windows to be on top of my focused window when I press some shortcut or fire some macro/script/whatever. How can I achieve this?
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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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How can I send the currently active window to the back?

Is there a shortcut or such to send the currently active window to the back of the screen while still keeping it open (so that it ends up "beneath" all other open windows)?
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Can we run OS X apps inside X11 (XQuartz)?

I'm wondering if that is possible, so that I can use some X11 window manager for everything.
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How to undo window always on top?

While I'm just switching to Terminal window using Cmd + Tab + Up my Terminal window started floating on top of all other windows. I am unable to bring it down. I've tried Cmd + Tab + Down but didn't ...
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How can I make an application open at startup, without automatically opening a window?

Many of the applications that I use, such as Spotify, don't require a window to be open to function. I want these applications to be available at startup, but if I chose the corresponding options, the ...
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Know how many windows are open for an app at a glance

Is there a way to know at a glance how many windows are open for an app? In the dock, using El Capitan, a black dot appears under running app icons, but if windows are on top of each other (i.e. ...
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Get current app from two instances with same name by Apple Script

How to address an active window of an active app by AppleScript when two instances of the same app are running? The script below addresses the other app. Probably because the name and id of the app ...
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Showing Windows apps in Parallels Coherence with mac-style title bar with red/yellow/green dots on left?

On my Mac, I need to use some Windows-only apps in a Windows 10 Parallels 11 VM. One thing I find annoying is remembering to click in the upper-right to close Windows windows but clicking in the upper-...
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Command+TAB (⌘⇥) to switch to most recent window (even on different space)

The default behaviour of ⌘⇥ is roughly the following: Switch to the most recently used app. Bring all windows of that application (in the current space) to the foreground. Give the most recent window ...
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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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Arranging Windows/Applications via presets

Is there any software for OS X that can automatically arrange a workspace according to a preset? By some sort of shortcut, I would like to launch applications and then place them in a certain way (...
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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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