By Cordless Dog
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If you’re fastidious about keeping your windows tidy, Stay is for you. Stay ensures that your windows are always where you want them to be, even as you connect and disconnect displays.
Move your windows to where you want them, then have Stay store them. Once stored, windows can be returned to their stored state at any time by having Stay restore them.
Stay can store a set of windows for every combination of displays that you use with your computer.
For example, if you have a laptop that is sometimes connected to an external monitor, you can store two sets of windows in Stay; one with the external monitor connected and one without. This done, you’ll be able to ensure that your windows are always where you want them to be by having Stay restore windows whenever you connect or disconnect the external monitor.
Stay can even be configured to automatically restore windows as displays are connected and disconnected.
What's New in Version 1.2.5
• Support for OS X 10.11 El Capitan.
• Stay 1.2.5 requires a minimum of OS X 10.10.5.
• Fixes a bug that prevented hotkeys from working under certain circumstances.
• Fixes a bug that caused Stay to sometimes automatically restore windows unnecessarily.
• Fixes a bug causing Stay to correctly resize but not reposition windows when restoring under certain conditions.
• Fixes a bug that made it impossible to edit shell script actions under certain circumstances.
• Fixes a crash in the window linking interface.
• Fixes a crash in the preferences interface.
• Stay can now store and restore windows when there are multiple copies of an application running simultaneously.
Good, but not perfect
This is a decent utility that makes my life easier as I swap my macbook pro amonst a variety of external displays (two Dell displays at work, occassional conference room display, iMac running in target mode at home). It gets me about 60-70% of the way there. However, it seems to be unable to restore window height when moving between different display sizes. Also, it doesn’t put all windows back in their proper location or in their Space (virtual desktop). I’m often having to move windows from the default Space to the correct one. Finally, applications which tend to have lots of windows (e.g., Safari) tend to not be restored correctly (both in terms of size and Space).
This is better than nothing, but it could be a lot better.
wanted to love this
This app purports to do exactly what I want. It just doesn’t do it well. It worked a little better when I first bought it but it only effectively saves some of my windows. It does help a little as I only have to reposition some windows on restart or disconnect. It really struggles with spaces and also when you have multiple windows for a single application. And where it tries to resolve those issues, it’s clunky to use as well. So it may be able to solve some of my issues, but the settings are not user friendly.
Umm…Literally doesn’t do what it’s supposed to...
I have two external monitors and I’m constantly disconnecting from them throughout the day for meetings. I like to have all my apps in the same spaces so this means lots of manual reorganizing every time I connect/disconnect. So I bought Stay since this seems to be exactly what the app is for…only it doesn’t work. Like at all. Maybe on a really good day if I make a few animal sacrifices in the morning it will get one app to restore to the correct window. Goats seem to work better than chickens.