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Old Aug 29th, 2020, 07:44 PM   #1
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Move window off screen

This is the opposite of what people normally ask. I've found plenty of instances of people asking how to move an off-screen window back on screen. I want to do the opposite. I want to take a window and have it partly off the top of my screen.

This way I can position my Zoom/Skype/FaceTime window as close to the webcam as humanly possible (even past it so their face is right below it), making it feel more like I'm looking at the camera while I'm really looking at the person.

Is this possible?
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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 01:55 PM   #2
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I want to take a window and have it partly off the top of my screen.

Can you not Click, Hold and Drag On the top bar of the window to where you want it and then let go??

Or am I misunderstanding what you are actually wanting???

What Mac OS version and application are you using???



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Old Aug 30th, 2020, 02:20 PM   #3
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Well, what I’m wanting is for the top of the window to go beyond the top of the screen so it’s no longer visible. Ideally I’d have the flexibility to position the middle of a window at the top of the screen. Does that make more sense?
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 12:51 AM   #4
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Well, what Im wanting is for the top of the window to go beyond the top of the screen so its no longer visible. Ideally Id have the flexibility to position the middle of a window at the top of the screen. Does that make more sense?

There is one workaround - does not do exactly what you want it to do, but let's you have your videocall window close to the camera:


Move the target window to another "Space". Would that serve your purpose?


Is there a reason you wish to move the window specifically upwards instead of to one of the other sides - which in fact is possible?



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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 11:33 AM   #5
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If you have Mojave and a recent iPad, you could always use sidecar and send Skype to the iPad display, and have it above the monitor?
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Old Aug 31st, 2020, 01:24 PM   #6
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@polywog, that's getting close, yes, though I have a DSLR above my MacBook as a webcam so I can't mount anything there.

Here's a before/after of what I'm trying to accomplish without any additional hardware if possible. In the first image you'll see that the person's eyes are far enough from the laptop's camera that it'll be obvious I'm looking at something below it. My hope is to be able to move the window up, beyond the finder bar, to closer align the eyes with the webcam.

Current issue:


Desired outcome:
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@polywog, that's getting close, yes, though I have a DSLR above my MacBook as a webcam so I can't mount anything there.

Here's a before/after of what I'm trying to accomplish without any additional hardware if possible. In the first image you'll see that the person's eyes are far enough from the laptop's camera that it'll be obvious I'm looking at something below it. My hope is to be able to move the window up, beyond the finder bar, to closer align the eyes with the webcam.*SNIP*

Aahhhhh OK, now I understand what it is you're trying to accomplish. I completely misunderstood your request.


Yeah, sorry, I do not have a solution for you - if you do find something that works, please do come back here and let us know, because I am sure all of us have this issue and just did not ever articulate it.


I did watch a YouTube video quite a while ago where a guy did a DIY solution of a dark hood with a 45 degree glass pane and a web cam placed on the keyboard facing up at the glass pane. This helped him look at the oother peson's eyes while making it look as though he's looking at their eyes too. But that is a lot of work.


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Old Sep 1st, 2020, 12:59 PM   #8
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Yeah, @TiltAgain, that's a good solution. Teleprompter on a DSLR would work well too. But agreed, it's more gear and a bit of a pain if you want to use your camera for other things as well. If nobody suggests a good software solution here, I'll keep digging elsewhere and report back.
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IIRC we *could* do that 'waay back... pre-OSX, I think? Can anyone remember when moving past the top screen limit was still possible? (or am I dreaming that)
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Old Sep 2nd, 2020, 06:03 PM   #10
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This way I can position my Zoom/Skype/FaceTime window as close to the webcam as humanly possible

I just came across this article which might be of interest to you if you don't mind changing your WebCam device:
ZTE announces the worlds first phone with a behind-the-screen camera
https://www.mac-forums.com/threads/z...camera.359083/

There is a good chance it could get you the results that you want. At least as I understand your problem.




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