How to Use Afloat on Mac


Mac OS X requires you to click specific areas on a program window to perform move and resize functions. These requirements can be a nuisance when you have lots of windows open or are lacking screen space. Infinite Labs' Afloat utility gives you more flexibility in managing your Mac windows and adds additional display features such as window transparency and the ability to pin windows to your OS X desktop.

Basic Functions

  • Click on the application window that you want to modify with the Afloat utility.

  • Hold the Shift and Command keys, and press the A key to configure the window to stay on top of all other windows.

  • Hold the Shift and Command keys and press the Page Up key to make the window transparent.

  • Hold the Shift and Command keys, then click and drag anywhere inside the window to move it without clicking the title bar.

  • Hold the Shift and Command keys, then hold the right mouse button and drag the window to resize it without clicking the bottom-right corner of the window.

  • Hold the Shift and Command keys and press the Up Arrow key to open the current window's home folder in a Finder window.

Advanced Effects

  • Click "Window" in the menu bar and click "Adjust Effects" to access advanced Afloat commands.

  • Click "On All Spaces" to make the current window active on all OS X work spaces.

  • Click "Overlay" to make the current top window transparent and inactive. If you click on a window set to overlay mode, the mouse click will instead affect the window below it.

  • Click "Pin to Desktop" to pin the current window to your desktop.

Tips & Warnings

  • Afloat doesn't work with certain applications such as Finder and iTunes. If the commands described above don't work with an app, its method of coding prevents Afloat commands from functioning.

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