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Can window position include back/front information?

Frank99's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Window position save/restore seems to include x/y position and height/width, but not front/back "layer" information. I want an easy way to save and restore my windows on the fly, including bringing the same windows to the front again. Basically, I'm working on three types of documents, and if I need to go to a different application temporarily, I want a way to save my current window positions, do what I need to do with other applications, and then get back to where I was automatically with a keystroke.

I don't think Window profiles are the right solution for me since the windows aren't always the same document/file, and aren't always the same application. Is there any way to do this with DF?
Dec 2, 2018  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
We may be able to store the z-order actually. I've added this to our feature request list, and if we're able to implement it in a future version, we'll definitely let you know.

Regarding the issue of different files being open, you can still use Window Position Profiles. You can edit the entries in the Profile and just remove the file name, that way that entry will apply to all windows that match the window text without the file name (e.g. all windows that match the text "Microsoft Word."

Hope that helps!
Dec 4, 2018  • #2
Frank99's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
That is helpful, but unfortunately my use case requires 2 Acrobat windows at once. Can that work with profiles? If so, what if there are more Acrobat windows open also?
Dec 5, 2018  • #3
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
It would only work if they were always the same files open in the Acrobat windows. If it's not the same file, there's no way for DisplayFusion to identify the window. i.e. an entry in the Window Position Profile can either apply to all Acrobat windows, or one Acrobat window with a specific file open.
Dec 5, 2018  • #4
Frank99's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
OK, if that's the case, then *please* mark adding z-info to the request list! I'm sure people will find many uses for being able to record/set that information.
Dec 8, 2018  • #5
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Yep! I've already added that to our feature request list

Dec 10, 2018  • #6
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Hi, I have a suggestion for the OP regarding this problem:

"That is helpful, but unfortunately my use case requires 2 Acrobat windows at once. Can that work with profiles? If so, what if there are more Acrobat windows open also?"

Hi Frank! I think you should be able to work around this pretty easily. Just create a copy of the Acrobat executable, with a different name. When you run it, the new name is what Windows will know it by. Then use the original exe for one file, and the copy for the other. Configure accordingly in DisplayFusion, and you're all set! I tested this with FireFox, and it worked like a charm! See attached. I hope it works for you too!

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Jan 28, 2020  • #7
Frank99's profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@JanxSpirit, thanks for the idea, but that won't work for me unfortunately. I often have 5 to 10 PDF files open at once, and I have Acrobat set so that each document is opened in a new instance. What I really want to do is be able to take a "snapshot" of the current window positions, bring other windows to the front to do some stuff, and then use one key to quickly return to the previous window arrangement. If I had to minimize windows to access shortcuts on the desktop to open differently-named .exe files, that would already take longer than alt-tabbing through my window stack. I'm trying to REALLY optimize/minimize the time spend on window management. But I appreciate the suggestion and testing!

Developers, has there been any further consideration of this feature?
Feb 5, 2020  • #8
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
@Frank99: No news to offer on this yet, sorry!
Feb 5, 2020  • #9
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