Is there a way to overlap all windows in OS X?

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  1. RadicalxEdward, May 31, 2016
    Last edited: May 31, 2016

    RadicalxEdward macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2011
    Hello all,

    Windows used to have options when you right clicked an app in the start bar that let you tile/cascade windows from a particular app. I've found a way to kind of do that (cascade all windows by holding option then going to Window>Arrange all in front) but I can't find a way (or app) that lets me arrange all windows directly on top of one another. Does anyone know any way to do this automatically? prefer to do through the OS but free apps (or trials) are okay.

    UPDATE: I ended up completing the task manually, however i'd like to know how to do this automatically in the future.
  2. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Group windows by application in Mission Control settings.
  3. RadicalxEdward thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2011
    but you can't work on them like that? I don't want to just see them overlapped, i need them to stay that way so that i can then work on them. So for instance go from this:

    to this:

    That way all the buttons are in the same spot, so i can repeatedly click a button for each window in succestion without having to the move the mouse.
    My process is
    1. Open video files
    2. Arrange windows on top of one another
    3. Add metadata with keyboard shortcut
    4. click prompt button for cover art with mouse (this is why i need them overlapped)
    5. save file with keyboard shortcut
    6. close window with keyboard shortcut
    for 1-3 & 5-6 I can do them quickly and easily manually or automated, but whenever i need to do number 4 (which isn't 100% of the time) I need them to be aligned so i can do the mouse clicking without having to move the mouse constantly which slows the process down significantly.
  4. Ritsuka macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2006
    You can try the queue in Subler to automate it instead of doing each file manually.
  5. RadicalxEdward thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 8, 2011
    I had never seen that feature, but for the time being this greatly simplifies my life. thank you
  6. Lostanddamned macrumors 6502a


    May 3, 2009
    London, UK
    The other useful thing is to learn the keyboard shortcuts, they tend to operate slightly faster than replicating the same mouse clicks each time.

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