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Finder Window Manager is, well, an application for managing your Mac OS X Finder windows.

This application allows you to create Window Sets to remember the size, placement, and just about all the view options of your open windows (there are a few minor settings such as label placement below or on the side of icon views that are not open to modification by third-party applications). Once a Window Set has been created, you can move, close, or otherwise modify your windows and easily restore the captured Window Set properties, opening all the windows and recreating their views, bounds, and positions-and you can have an more...

What's New

Version 1.9.8:
  • Added 64-Bit support (requires Mac OS X 10.6+).
  • Improved compatibility with Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard).
  • Several minor enhancements.


Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later

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Macus Member IconComment+12

Finally seems to be broken under Mavericks. It was a good ride.

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Version 1.9.8

FWM works perfect in osx maverick...just follow instructions in this page:


I have been using the FWM "Watcher" for quite some years mainly to control the width of Finder window columns. It worked until some time also in OS X 10.9 but has now stopped (although it is activated in the Accessibility control pane). I don't know when exactly that happened - possibly after updating to OS X 10.9.3.

I wrote the developer but did not get an answer.

Is there anything else that I can do to make FWM work again with OS X 10.9.3?

Runtime Member IconReview+47

Fabulous application, nothing comes even close to it (I tried out all). One of Apples most neglected softwares really needs this. Previous version has done a good job so far in Snow, but now it is perfect. Thanks!

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Version 1.9.8
B. Jefferson Le Blanc Member IconComment+649
B. Jefferson Le Blanc

Finally! I've been waiting, it seems forever for the Snow Leopard compatible version of Finder Window Manager. In the meantime, any number of alternative window management utilities have come out - none of which suit me half so well as FWM.

The biggest advantage, as I see it, is that FWM enables me to create window sets, with specific windows, window locations and window sizes. Unlike most of the others, which subdivide the screen, I don't have to cover the entire monitor with my selected windows, leaving the desktop and other application windows visible and accessible.

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Version 1.9.8

I do agree with you. This is a superb utility that unfortunately I had to abandon for a while because of compatibility issues with the new system. Now that things are finally back to normal I hope to get the most of a good utility I was missing for a long time.

Kosovar1 Member IconReview+372

Jon Nathan from the developer replied to my email within minutes with an easy fix to the problem I was having, (described in a previous message). FWM still has a few rough edges, but it is still very useful. Customer Support deserves five stars though.

Here's the fix: (Thanks, Jon!)

The best solution is to quit FWM (if it is open -- you may need to use
Activity Monitor in your /Applications/Utilities folder to send a quit
command to FWM if it is not responding) and then move the preferences file
to the Desktop. This will most likely cure the issue. The preference file
can be found in your preferences folder (~ is shorthand for your Home


By moving this file, you will lose your Window Sets but it should correct
issue you are seeing. If it does, there was a problem with the original
preferences file and it should probably not be used. However, if you had a
lot of custom settings that would take a long time to reconfigure, you can
send the original preference file ("com.jen.fwm.plist") you moved to the
Desktop as an attachment to a reply to this message and I will see if I can
eliminate the corrupted data and preserve your existing settings.

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Version 1.9.7
Kosovar1 Member IconReview+372

It's too bad to have to give one star to a program that used to be very useful. But after buying the most recent iMac model (2009, 2.93 Mhz) running OSX 10.5.7, FWM stopped working altogether. It tries to start up, then crashes with Error message "FWM AFN Error (PrefWindow) Can't make 0 into type boolean."

Can anyone advise?

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Version 1.9.7
Vasilis Member IconReview+2

This app rocks! Making sets of finder windows is just what I need. I move and copy things all the time.
The basics are very simple but there are some very nerdy looking preferences. This only means that it does way more than I want. and I think that's OK. Once I figure out what else it does I might be even happier.
There is one thin that is missing: you can hide all apps when you restore a set, but what's needed is that you bring the sets to the front.

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Version 1.9.6
Dana Sutton Member IconComment+669
Dana Sutton

This app. really needs some detailed documentation.

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Version 1.9.6
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Version 1.9.8
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Current Version (1.x)


Downloads 5,706
Version Downloads 1,697
License Shareware
Date 09 May 2011
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price $15.00
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