I would like a utility to float windows on top of other windows. In some programs, this option is called always on top.


  • Ability to activate via keyboard shortcut
  • Lightweight - minimal impact on performance
  • Runs on OS X Mavericks

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AFload is what you want. As the official website says,

AFloat will add many window management features to most Mac applications: Keep windows afloat (heh) on top of all others. Pin windows to the desktop. Move windows from anywhere, not just the title bar. Turn a window into an "overlay" on your screen that doesn't hinder your work. Show a window's file in the Finder with nothing more than your keyboard. Resize windows from anywhere, not just the edges, and more.

The available version on their official website says that it works for OS X Lion and Snow Leopard, however the github version is said to be working fine on Mavericks.

Some of the keyboard shortcuts are:

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And you can learn more about it in detail here.

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    The installation is rather complex, but I found the instructions here: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/113093/… Thanks, Afloat lets me float the terminal, but sadly it only works for Cocoa apps. So I can't float sublime for exam.
    – Casebash
    Jul 19, 2014 at 8:23
  • Ah! That's a shame. I find it so annoying that Mac never decides to include some of the very basic features that Windows has had since V. 95!
    – Neeku
    Jul 19, 2014 at 22:02

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