My Mac is my digital home and I prefer to keep it clean, neat, well oiled, everything in its place.
Unfortunately, after more than 26 years and many tens of millions of users, the Mac still can’t remember where all the app windows should go. Every time I open Safari, the windows are somewhere else. On a crowded Mac with many open apps, some windows stray and need to be rescued. Now window management is a Breeze.
Window Memory Management
My Mac seems to have a mind of its own and often puts app windows willy nilly hither and yon. Opening new windows on some Mac apps can be a surprise. Who knows why and where Mac apps put windows.
The anal retentive Mac user needs a window management system with a memory.
Thankfully, the Mac has a few window memory management tools, including a favorite—Breeze. Which, by definition, means Breeze should make managing window states a breeze, right?
States? State? Wherever your Mac’s app windows are at the moment is the state. Unfortunately, your Mac and most Mac apps don’t remember where the windows are next time you open them. Breeze captures the state and remembers and puts the windows in their proper place.
Mac Tools To Manage Windows
Before digging into the Breeze details, I have to point out that our Macs need some window management tools that don’t come with the Mac.
For example, use PrintWindow to print the contents of a Finder window, such as a list of files and folders. WindowShade makes it easier to collapse and minimize your Mac app’s windows with some degree of order. Sometimes Mac app windows are not easy to move around a cluttered screen, so Cinch makes it easy by creating window hot zones where you can drag windows to stay in place.
Of course, Breeze is designed to put windows where you want them, and remember the location the next time you open those windows. It remembers the size and position of the window.
Window Management Is A Breeze
For those of us neatness nuts, Breeze brings two types of window management states. The first is a global window state. Click the window, grab the appropriate state from the menu, and that window goes where it’s supposed to all the time.
The second is application specific window state, which apply to specific apps. To select a specific state, select a Focused window. A focused window means you can see the three colored buttons in the upper left corner of the window. If the buttons are grayed out, the window is unfocused.
The, grab the menu and select the state, or use the keyboard shortcuts to do the same thing. Breeze is easy for new Mac users who don’t like cluttered windows, and good for Mac power users who prefer the keyboard to point and click.
Breeze shows up as a Mac Menubar icon. Click and see what you get.
Whichever Mac app window is focused in front will appear in Breeze’s menu. Click Save State For… and you’re done. The state for that app’s window is saved.
Other options include rescuing a moved window, running Breeze when you start up your Mac (recommended) and the Saved States. Note that the Finder’s saved state is separate from other Mac apps.
When you select Save State As… you get a pop up window so you can customize each state accordingly.
Each state can have a name and a Keyboard Shortcut. If you already have a window state for the focused window, you’ll be able to change the name and keyboard shortcut, or simply delete the state.
Breeze is recommended for new Mac users who find managing Mac app and Finder windows to be somewhat cumbersome compared to managing windows on, well, Windows. For experienced Mac users, Breeze makes it a breeze to manage app and Finder windows by using the keyboard.
Breeze even remembers window states on Macs will multiple displays, and comes with a few handy default window states so you can stack windows full screen, left, right, or even split screen.
One feature I’d like to see is for Breeze to stack and tile windows automatically with a click. Sometimes I have an app open that also has 14 windows opened, and they tend to get scattered all over. A single click Tile Windows option would be nice.
However, Breeze bills itself as simple window management, and for that it works wonders.