For example, when I try to download something, I get the following:

  • the top of a dialog window: enter image description here

  • the bottom where the buttons are cropped:
    enter image description here

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The xmonad tour had the answer all along; highlighting the relevant parts:

Floating clients

xmonad supports floating windows. Certain windows (such as transients) will be placed in a floating layer in front of all the tiled windows. Additionally, you can move a window to or from the floating layer on demand.

  • To float a window (or move an already-floating window), click and drag it with the mod-button1 held down.
  • To flatten the window back down to the tiling layer use mod-t.
  • Floating windows can be resized by dragging the window with mod-button3, and
  • a floating window can be brought to the top with mod-button2.

As it turns out, this wasn't an issue at all, and I just didn't realize that dialog windows will be opened as floating ones; so the "fix" is to use mod+t to flatten them.

The mod button for xmonad is the Alt key by default.

Side note

The button notations above refer to the mouse buttons numbered from left to right (by default). So

  • button1 is the left click
  • button2 is the middle click
  • button3 is the right click

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