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Spotted this one over in this MacNN forum. If you want to move a window (call it Window2) which is behind the foreground window (Window1) without bringing it to the foreground, there are a few options, depending on the applications involved. For example:
  • If Window1 and Window2 belong to the same Carbon app (IE 5), use command-drag
  • If Window1 and Window2 belong to the same Cocoa app (RBrowser), use command-drag
  • If Window1 belongs to a Carbon app and Window2 belongs to a Cocoa app, use command-drag
  • if Window1 belongs to a Cocoa app and Window2 belongs to a Carbon app, drag with the right mouse button. What's strange is that control-drag will not work, even though a right mouse button is supposed to be a control-click. Strange.
  • If Window1 or Window2 belongs to a Classic app, there does not appear to be a way to do this - any click combination brings the Classic window forward.
These tricks are quite useful for managing your desktop real estate; use them wisely and you'll do a lot less application switching!
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Classic Finder also does this
Authored by: Anonymous on Dec 22, '00 11:44:39PM

The Finder for the last several major OS versions has also supported this feature (since at
least 6.0, I think, and only for Finder windows, of course :-).

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