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Is there a way I can get this behavior on Mac OS?

  1. alt + right-click-drag will resize the window, relative to where you've clicked within the window and the window's center

  2. alt + left-click-drag will move the window, regardless of where you've clicked within the window.

There's a Windows port of this behavior as well: http://www.codeproject.com/KB/DLL/wm.aspx

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I never knew about this, sounds useful. +1 –  Sasha Chedygov Oct 9 '09 at 0:07
    
I use it all the time on my work Windows machine. Biggest missing feature for me since I moved to Mac. : ( If I can't find a solution, I'll have to write my own. : ) –  Aaron F. Oct 9 '09 at 0:11
    
A considerable list of window management options is discussed at apple.stackexchange.com/questions/9659/… –  duozmo Oct 28 '12 at 16:43
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Both Mondomouse and Zooom will do this.

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Both are SWEET, you have made my day, thank you so much! I would up-vote you 100 times if I could. –  Aaron F. Oct 9 '09 at 2:54
    
hummm neither of these let the user in-click click as a option :( –  Jamie Hutber Jun 19 '12 at 15:58
    
i take it back and feel stupid for leaving this comment :P zooom had it, better touch tool didn't. Annoyingly though i'd like to do, click and right click :( –  Jamie Hutber Jun 19 '12 at 16:01
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BetterTouchTool lets you do this: http://boastr.net/ (it's free and quite handy!)

In BTT's prefs, click on the "Action Settings (window stuff etc)" button.

Then select the "Window Moving and Resizing" tab.

The bottom pane will have 3 options, choose whichever you like: image of window move and resize option fields

I selected all three: move, resize, and FN.

When I hold FN+CTRL the focused window will move when I slide around on the trackpad.

When I hold FN+OPTION the focused window will resize when I slide around on the trackpad.

I tested this on my macbook pro, mac os x 10.6.5.

Note that you may get this message first time you try to actually move or resize a window:

message window if you haven't already enabled the Accessibility API

Click "Launch it for me!", then check the box for "Enable access for assistive devices" - you're in business.

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Thanks for this. It's not quite what I was looking for, but it certainly is less work (no clicking to move/resize!) And it's free!!!! –  codekoala Mar 22 '12 at 21:42
    
moving windows without a click is quite unusual, but maybe it's just a matter of habit. thanks for the detailed answer –  Paul Oct 18 '12 at 10:20
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Tried them all and they are not as good as Flexiglass.

  • Afloat doesn't work with all applications (Firefox is one of them)
  • Zooom doesn't allow you to use the right click button
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Try holding fn + option and then move your mouse (10.6.4 2010 MBP)

My old mac used to do it using just option key along (10.6.2 MBA)

Oh and try the window snapping function on BetterTouchTool. If you've not used that app, its the greatest thing to happen to Apple Trackpads (and Magic Mouse) > lets you configure over 40+ different gestures to lots of different commands!

And its free too

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I've found that holding control+Command does this.

EDIT: Apparently this only worked because I was using a utility called Afloat. You can use this feature with this utility.

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Please elaborate - I'm not seeing that behavior. –  JRobert Jun 15 '10 at 14:09
    
Hold command and control and you can drag a window from anywhere, can you not? –  Wuffers Jun 15 '10 at 15:16
    
No on my 10.5.8 box. Nor do I find a system preference for it. Perhaps it was introduce in a fairly recent version of the OS or you have some helper wingding installed... –  dmckee Jul 8 '10 at 21:57
    
Never mind, I apologize. It was with a third-party utility called Float. –  Wuffers Sep 17 '10 at 23:37
    
@DanielBeck: I updated my answer accordingly, thank you! –  Wuffers Jan 4 '11 at 22:19
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