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I just checked http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Table%5Fof%5Fkeyboard%5Fshortcuts but the following "Window management" entries are blank for Mac OS X:

  • Move the focused window
  • Resize the focused window
  • Maximize the focused window

Are there really no built in keyboard shortcuts for these in OS X? I do this stuff all the time with GNOME under Linux.

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On 10.9.4, superuser.com/a/718843/60022 worked for me. Be sure to name it exactly "Zoom". –  user60022 Aug 4 at 19:37

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Not built in, but you can install 3rd party software.

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/26411/mercurymover

http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/30591/right-zoom

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MercuryMover seems like what I was looking for. Thanks. Too bad it isn't built in. –  Philip Durbin Nov 11 '09 at 6:33
    
+1 to MercuryMover. I've tried Optimal Layout, Size Up and ShiftIt. MercuryMover is the best for me because it's the quickest way to move/resize windows. Plus, you can make your own shortcuts for resizing to a particular size. –  Eddy Aug 18 '12 at 12:13
    
I love my linux OS. Compiz is ridiculously customizable. Alas, I must use Mac to develop apps :/ –  Brenden Nov 19 '13 at 23:56
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Spectacle hasn't been mentioned yet. "Move and resize your windows with ease." -- http://spectacleapp.com

It's open source: https://github.com/eczarny/spectacle

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Nice - supports behaviour similar to "windows key" + "arrow" on Win7. Just what I was after. –  Frederik Feb 13 at 14:54
    
Exactly what I was looking for, simple, well-designed, and free! –  Jeff Jul 25 at 3:26

Personally, I prefer Size Up - it has a huge array of options for auto resizing with a single keypress including quarter screen, maximise and moving windows between monitors and even Spaces.

http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/sizeup/

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Following along with the idea of windowflow - check out it's parent project Optimal Layout. I tried sizeup for a while and was actually trying to find a replacement for it when I found Optimal Layout.

It is by far the best OSX keyboard based window manipulation app I've seen yet! Rocks...

http://most-advantageous.com/optimal-layout/

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If you consider yourself a "hacker" you may consider Slate. Slate is like Bettertouch or Sizeup on steroids. Here is the github repo.

There is a learning curve but it is very powerful and customizable. There is a great write-up on how to set up and use it.

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Thanks! The write-up led me to add an answer about spectacleapp.com as well, which I noticed in the comments. –  Philip Durbin Apr 24 '13 at 11:09

I've tried the other third party apps here and have found Moom to be the best:

http://manytricks.com/moom/

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See the following AppleScript for the popular (and free) Mac OS X keyboard/mouse shortcut program QuickSilver that will get you a keyboard shortcut for the green zoom button. When you install that and use it with Quicksilver, you'll be able to customize your keyboard shortcut.

tell application "System Events"
    if UI elements enabled then
        set FrontApplication to (get name of every process whose frontmost is true) as string
        tell process FrontApplication
            click button 2 of window 1
            --button 2 is the green "zoom" button for all applications
            --window 1 is always the frontmost window.
        end tell
    else
        tell application "System Preferences"
            activate
            set current pane to pane "com.apple.preference.universalaccess"
            display dialog "UI element scripting is not enabled. Check 'Enable access for assistive devices'"
        end tell
    end if
end tell

Source: http://snippets.dzone.com/posts/show/1026

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Weird, that quicksilver link now redirects to some baseball program. –  Steve Bennett Sep 15 '11 at 3:41

SizeWell

Features and ease of use are combined in a way that I can't find in any alternative software.

I use it with Mountain Lion.

Downside

SIMBL (required by SizeWell) is not recently updated.

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I haven't tested in other versions, but in OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), you can use the Voice Over Utility to move and resize windows.

  1. Enable Voice Over in the Accessibility control panel.
  2. Click "Open Voice Over Uitlity"
  3. Click "Commanders" in the left panel.
  4. Select "keyboard"
  5. Select "enable keyboard commander"
  6. Add a new commander.
  7. Specify any keyboard key not already in use.
  8. Choose the command: Size and Position -> Start Moving Window
  9. Select with window to be moved
  10. Hold down the right option key, and press the key selected in 7.
  11. Move the window with the cursor keys.
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