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 do I set what “maximize”means for a window?

For some applications (eg terminal) when I double-click the title bar, it expands to fill the screen (height and width). For some (eg chrome) it expands down to fill the height, but doesn't change ...
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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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Can we disable the drag window to top of screen Mission Control / Spaces feature in El Capitan?

Open Mission Control Use any of these methods to open Mission Control: .... In OS X El Capitan, drag a window to the top of the screen. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204100 ...
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Is there something like a “hidden mode”?

When somebody else uses my laptop, he can of course see all the windows I have currently open. I'm looking for a mode, which allows me to completely hide some windows but without closing them. This ...
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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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Can you restrict Command + Tilde (CMD + ~) in El Capitan to switch between only windows on the same desktop?

In Yosemite, I could use CMD + ~ to switch between windows of an application, but it switched only between windows on the same desktop/space. When I use the same keyboard shortcut in El Capitan, it ...
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Stop Mail Activity window being always on top in El Capitan?

I like to have Mail's Activity window open in the background, but since upgrading to El Capitan it floats on top of all other Mail windows. I have another Mac that's still on Yosemite and it doesn't ...
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Can you see a list of all open tabs in Safari?

I often have a good 150 to 200 tabs open in Safari at all times because this is where I like to keep all my current work. Obviously, all open tabs are never displayed at the same time when there are ...
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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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Is it possible to set my Mac to hide all windows on waking up?

Whenever I wake my Mac up, it shows my workspace exactly how I left it. If I closed the lid while browsing my library on iTunes, for example, it will show that screen upon waking up, after I input my ...
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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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Maximized window on both displays on OS X 10.8.3

I have a dual monitor setup on the Mac. I want to work on a tool, in full screen, on display 1 and simultaneously check few things, on Final Cut Pro, on display 2. When I maximize the tool in ...
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How to extend a window over display/workspace in Yosemite

Is there a way to extend a window over one display in OS X Yosemite, i.e. to make it larger than one display?
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Snapping Preview windows with BetterTouchTool make search buggy

I use BetterTouchTool in order to be able to maximise windows to half the screen by dragging them agains the edge of the screen. When I do this with Preview windows and then attempt to search in the ...
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Keyboard shortcut to switch focus between monitors (from #1 to #2) in Yosemite

I like having my IDE on left screen and browser on the right one. Whenever I want to refresh page in the browser, I need to move hand from keyboard to mouse. In my previous setup on Fedora I was able ...
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Closing a window in OS X Yosemite causes other windows to be made active

I have a Chrome window and this Chrome window covers the whole screen (not in the full screen mode, though). I also have 5 Finder windows under this Chrome window. So I can't see any Finder windows. ...
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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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How to change the behavior of OS X to when working with multiple applications? [duplicate]

The biggest problem with OS X that bothers me a lot is that when you are working with multiple applications and trying to switch between applications with mouse: first you have to click on the ...
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Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X?

Is it possible to give a custom name to a browser window on OS X? Perhaps by using a Window Manager that has this feature? If yes, which one has it? The motivation for this question is : I have 100 ...
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How to arrange two windows easily to left and right side? v2

This question was asked in 2012. I know that the solution is in upcoming version of OS X (fall 2015), but until then... is there any similar internal function to arrange windows in Windows-OS-like way?...
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El Captain Split Screen on Yosemite

Apple has recently announced El Captain in their WWDC. One of the features announced was split screen mode. Since I am not an developer I have to wait until July to have access to some of the ...
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Split screen app for Mac?

I'm aware of applications such as this which allow windows to be "halved", allowing the screen to be divided up. But are there any apps out there that split the Mac screen within applications and ...
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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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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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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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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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Macbook Pro Application Switcher automatically moves to far right?

Apologies if this has been asked somewhere. I tried searching for a solution to this for a while to no avail. When I press CMD + TAB on my Macbook Pro (Yosemite 10.10.3) to open the application ...
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How to find out process owner of unidentified windows?

I have an odd error that I have not been able to associate with an application or PID properly. In Windows, there is Process Explorer with the very handy target function that allows you to click it ...
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Need to regularly check windows for changes

I'm looking for a fast and reliable method to monitor changes in some windows belonging to a application. After I hit a hotkey I'd like a method to monitor those windows for a change in specific ...
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Maximizing windows like on Windows

Is there a way to maximize windows by dragging the window to the top of the screen? I'd also like to be able to drag windows to the side of the screen and have them take up half the screen like in ...
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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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Windows jump around when resizing

I have a Macbook Pro (Retina) with an external 4K display. I'm running it with the lid closed, i.e., the external display is the only display. OS X 10.9.5. Normally, it works fine. The past couple ...
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Windows appear in odd places in Yosemite

Since upgrading to Yosemite when it came out, windows in different apps randomly appear in odd places - eg, not connected to their parents window. Here's the Chrome search bar: Sometimes it's worse, ...
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Can I make iconify-window binding work when minimize using window manager

I can bind a function to run when Emacs iconifies a frame (defun my-handle-iconify-frame() ;; I actually do something more useful than this... (message "my-handle-iconify-frame") ) (define-key ...
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How can I force Terminal.app to take up exactly half of my screen?

I'm using Spectacle for Window Management and I regularly use the commands to split my screen horizontally for exactly two windows. It works quite well for most things, but not for applications like ...
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Recurring window manager performance issues in 10.10.x

I've been having graphical performance problems with Yosemite since early developer previews. The main expression of this is trying to switch applications. When going from Terminal to Messages or ...
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What makes an app unique from POV of options -> assign to desktop?

What is the set of things that differentiate one application from another from the point of view of right-click on dock icon -> Options -> Assign To (All Desktops / This Desktop / None)? I've ...
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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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How can I set the default width, height, and position of my Mac terminal app?

How can I set the default width and height of my Mac terminal window so that it always opens the way I'd like it to. Currently, every time I launch the terminal app, I need to resize it.
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RedQuits (or alternative) on Mac OS X 10.10

I have installed RedQuits on Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite). Unfortunately, it is not working at all. I have made sure that RedQuits has access to System Preferences > Security & Privacy > Privacy >...
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Is there any way to have two applications visible at the same time, with one application not in use overlapping the other

For example: Notice how Sublime Text 2 (the application on the right) is visible and I can see chrome in the background. This is expected behaviour as I have Sublime Text 2 open and in use. But then ...
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If OS X doesn't use the X Server, then what does it use?

What is the window server on OS X?
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Full maximise (behind the dock) [duplicate]

When "maximise" doesn't mean "maximise" None of the maximise commands provide maximisation to fill the whole screen. When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the ...
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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-...
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Is there a program that automatically tiles all (new) windows?

I'm doing a research on different ways to manage windows on a computer and for that reason I'm searching for a program that automatically tiles all opened Windows including new ones. I know that ...
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Minimise full screen Steam games in OS X Yosemite

Previously, in OS X Mavericks it worked to minimise games, or navigate through open apps with cmd+tab even if the game was opened in full screen but now you can't do that anymore. Pressing cmd+tab ...
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Faster command+tab switching support number choice?

Is there a faster way to switch between applications on mac using ⌘ cmd + tab?? when i open a lot of different apps opens at a time, i have to press lots of ⌘ cmd + tab to switch to purpose ...
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Mac OS X Applications Windows Stack Order

When you right click an application in the dock, a list including the opened windows for that application is open, like this: http://cl.ly/image/350Q2J0q0e25 The problem is this: I would like to ...
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FaceTime window jumps to unwanted position at start of call

Running FaceTime 3.0 on MacOSX 10.10.1, there's an annoying behavior that I can't seem to change: When I first get an incoming call, the FaceTime window jumps to the far right of my rightmost display ...
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Disable window snapping to top on move to second monitor/display

This annoying behavior started happening in 10.8 or 10.9 and I'd like to turn it off and make it never ever happen again. What happens is that when dragging a window from one display to another, when ...

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