Window Sizes and Positions for Different Resolutions

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by kolax, May 17, 2009.

  1. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I just bought a 24" ACD, and I love it. However, because my MacBook Pro is only 1440x900 resolution, if I resize anything it'll go out of proportion on my MacBook Pro screen.

    Ideally, if there was such a program, I'd love to be able to have my windows set a size and position for 1900x1200 resolution, and for them to have a different size and revert to that when I use my MacBook Pro's 1440x900 display.

    Does that make sense? I just don't think I can be bothered having to resize Safari, drag any windows that were over on the right hand side of the 24" display back over on my MacBook Pro display just to see them when I unplug the 24".

    I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to make an application that does something like that - just take note of the window positions and sizes for both resolutions and switch between them when the resolution is changed.
  2. chrismacguy macrumors 68000

    Feb 13, 2009
    United Kingdom
    On my MacBook and an external screen, when I unplug my external monitor, all windows appear and resize automatically (once clicked). Unfortunately it doesn't work the other way round (AFAIK).
  3. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
  4. xraydoc macrumors 604


    Oct 9, 2005
    It would be useful I suppose, but hard to make such a utility intelligent enough not to get in the way. For example, how would it know to center a window versus simply 1/3 the way down and to the right on either screen. On the smaller laptop screen, it would be centered; on a larger desktop screen, how would it know to center versus 1/3 down....

    I understand what you want, and sometimes I'd like it, too, but I can easily imagine it being just as frustrating in its own way as it is without it.
  5. kolax thread starter macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Well, for each resolution, it would have a separate list of window sizes and positions for each application.

    For example, Safari in 1440x900 would have Window Size (A,B) and Position (C,D) where as Safari in 1920x1200 would have Window Size (W,X) and Position (Y,Z).

    Then when you adjust the size of window in either resolution, it only affects that resolution - the window size in other resolutions are not affected.

    The logic behind it is very simple.. not sure how easy it would be to implement. But it would be damn useful, I'm sick of having to resize/move windows when I move from my 24" to my 15" MacBook Pro.

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