After the umpteenth time trying to get Safari to remember where I want open browser windows I decided to look for a solution. After all, neatness counts.
The Mac’s Finder has a similar memory problem and can’t remember where I place Finder windows yesterday. Other Mac apps have similar problems with window memory. All I want is for app windows to stay where I put them, and go back to the same place tomorrow.
Simple Is, As Simple Does
Sometimes the Mac’s inconsistencies give me a headache. Some apps just know where to stay. Others can’t remember day to day. I’m not completely obsessive compulsive, but a little neatness helps keep my blood pressure down.
What the Mac needs is some kind of built-in window organizer so every app knows where to put windows.
For example, Mail stays put in the upper left hand corner of my Mac—where God intended email to reside. But new email message windows cascade hither and yon. Messy. Is there a simple solution?
It didn’t take long to find a handful of apps that are better at remembering where windows should go than the Mac or the apps with windows.
Stay, Good Boy. Sit.
My father taught me that a clean car runs better than a dirty car. So it is with a Mac. Your Mac runs smoother, quieter, faster when everything is in its place. I haven’t tested that theory with statistical research, but I believe it to be true.
Stay is a Mac app I found that remembers where your Mac’s app windows go. It’s surprisingly simple to use. First, drag various app windows around your Mac’s screen. Put them where you want them.
Putting windows where you want them on your screen is the easy part. Getting them to stay there requires an app like Stay.
Second, click on the Stay icon in the Menubar, select Store Windows for All Applications, and Stay remembers each app and where the window was placed.
Stay will pop up a window to let you know the window settings have been stored. If windows get moved around the screen during the course of the day, Stay brings them back with a click.
There’s not much to not like about Stay. It’s elegant and straightforward, but there’s more going on behind the scenes.
Stay can remember app window settings across multiple Mac screens. So, if you’re running a MacBook Pro connected to an external display, Stay can remember that a window was placed on one screen, and another window on a different screen.
If you’re like me, you have windows scattered around the screen as the day wears on.
Stay can store all windows for a particular app, or, simply store the active window. Conversely, Stay can remember where all windows are for all apps on the screen at any one time.
I’d like to see a few enhancements in future versions. Stay needs to be optional for the Menubar. Mine is like many Mac users and crowded already. Make Stay work from the Dock and/or the Menubar.
Stay should have multiple levels, too, similar to apps that have multiple undos. Option 1 would put windows here, Option 2 would put windows somewhere else. Regardless, Stay is handy and wonderful for neat freaks or any Mac user with a huge screen and far too many windows scattered around.