A Mac with the monitor whitewashed
Long ago, when Windows took its first wobbly steps out into the world, it had a problem. It was not allowed to have overlapping windows, they all had to split together like tiles. As an attempt to prevent Windows from taking over the world at the expense of the much better Mac, it failed.
But as a terrible idea, it persisted. Until today, people don't just like to tile windows, they complain that you can't do it on Mac. Now that we are no longer on the tiny 9-inch Mac screen or low-resolution, these people also have a point.
Today, you have far more likelihood that more windows are open at the same time than you were at that time. And computers are supposed to make the work easier, not harder, so it's a very solid point that needs to be made for your Mac to be able to help you. Your Mac should be able to sort out the clutter with overlapping windows and show you what you need when you need it.
It can. Not only can a Mac do this, but there are four different ways to manage your windows like this ̵
Apple's own solution
Macs have always been good at remembering where you left a window on your screen, whether it filled it or over to the left. They have always been good at remembering what size you had a given window from any app.
So if you are disciplined enough, if you have a large enough screen and if you tend to always do the same kind of work every day, you can just drag windows wherever you want and leave them there.
However, most of us have different responsibilities and use different apps. And many of us use Microsoft Word.
One of Word's more erratic features is that sometimes abruptly will stop respecting where you've dragged a window or the size you decided to make.
Apple's Split View on Mac is useful but confusing, especially when you get in and out of it.  So if you do, for example, financial work in the morning and graphic design in the afternoon, or if you only use Word, it is worth using the semi-automatic window management Apple supplies.
The function is called Split View and finally it means you can have two documents, or two of any window, which fills half of the screen each. It's great to compare documents, it's great to help you concentrate on just two windows to exclude everything else.
Unfortunately, it is clumsy to get into, and a royal pain to get out of. It is especially boring when all you want is to change one of the two documents you are looking at.
That's because macOS's Split View really utilizes the separate Spaces feature. Spaces are great for helping you organize different sets of work, but it is confusing when imposed on you by Split View.
Nevertheless, Split View works as a temporary way of working on two windows. And Spaces are good for setting up several different work areas. While moving on to the other methods of managing your windows, Spaces is helpful.
Third Party Window Managers
Typically, it is on Windows where you find that the operating system is not doing anything and you need to buy a third party app. This time it is the case with Mac, and the dedicated third party window management app you should look at is Moom .
There are alternatives like Magnet, currently on sale for 99c in the Mac App Store, but $ 9.99 Moom is especially good and for several years it has been getting.
Hold the mouse over the green dot in the upper left corner of any window, and Moom offers you a pallet of options. With one click you can make the window occupy the entire left half of the screen or the entire right side.
Hold the mouse pointer over the green button and Moom pops up a menu that offers to move the window to the pages. It can record the bottom half of the screen, or the top half. And you can instead choose to have the app fill the entire screen.
Perhaps the most useful option is a sixth that appears when you have used Moom to move the window. There is a rear-facing arrow, and when you click it, the window jumps back to wherever it was before using Moom.
So you can very quickly trash through windows and look for what you need and then arrange them where they are most used on the screen.
It is definitely well done, and if you want to benefit from this window management, it is definitely worth buying Moom. However, Moom's only job is to manage your windows that way.
There are other third-party tools that have done this as just part of the many other features. Until now it has been tempting to buy one of these because you get more functionality and because it is a simple app to learn instead of two.
They can also be a simple app for a developer to concentrate on. For example, there is still a dedicated window management app called BetterSnapTool that costs $ 2.99 in the Mac App Store. It has a sister app called BetterTouchTool, which featured some useful but rudimentary window management tools.
However, BetterTouchTool has now become the window manager because it has all the BetterSnapTools capabilities and added them to its own powerful features.
BetterTouchTool has radically increased its window management capabilities
BetterTouchTool is an app to get more out of your Mac mouse movements, or especially the trackpad. It has long since added some basic window management so you can drag a window to the right or left, top or bottom, and make it stick to that space.
What is retrieved from BetterSnapTool is that you don't just have to go to the edges of the screen. Instead, you can create specific areas where you want app windows to go.
If you sometimes write in Word, sometimes in Final Draft, other times in OmniOutliner, but you always want your writing area to be a special place on your screen, tell BetterTouchTool.
You do this by moving and resizing any app window – other than the BetterTouchTool preferences – anywhere you want on the screen. Then use the BetterTouchTool icon on the Mac menu bar, select Snap Areas (Advanced Feature) . Click Create new snap area (Use active window as template) .
This defines the destination location. Next, you are prompted to create a trigger area, a spot on the screen that causes the BetterTouchTool to turn your window into that destination. It is standard to be in the center of the screen, but you can place this target wherever you want.
BetterTouchTool. The small blue rounded rectangle is a measure that appears when you move a window. Drag the window to this target and it clicks to your predefined size and position (the larger blue area).
It's ridiculously powerful, especially given that none of this is what BetterTouchTool is selling for. The window management is just a sideshow to the main features and yet it is worth buying the entire app only for these.
Similarly, it is undoubtedly worth buying Keyboard Maestro for all the things it can do, and it includes window management. Keyboard Maestro, however, is more complicated to get into, and of the many things it can do for your Mac, moving windows around it may be the least obvious set up.
One way to
You get Apple's macOS window features for free with your Mac. Moom costs ten dollars. BetterTouchTool is available via Setapp, or for a negligible $ 7.50 directly from the manufacturer. And the Keyboard Maestro costs $ 36.
You can get some of these same benefits, for just 1000 to 2000 dollars.
Some large screens, especially the so-called Ultrawide, now come with a kind of window management embedded.
While the way they do it varies, they largely divide the screen into separate zones. Each of these zones acts as a complete screen on its own, and you can choose to limit the windows to an app to one of them.
It works, but one of the benefits of spending a lot of money on an ultrawide monitor is that you can spread your work any way you want.
So even if you need a Ultrawide and it is economically sensible to spend that amount, you can spend $ 7.50 extra and get the BetterTouchTool to go with it.
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