How many ways can you handle the app windows on your Mac’s screen? Move, resize, maximize, minimize, and close. Usually it’s all handled by mouse. Unless you can remember keyboard shortcuts.
Moving a window requires grabbing the title bar or right corner tab. And it’s one window at a time. On a big screen with many open app windows, it’s a mess to organize. There is a better way.
Better Window Management
Any inexpensive app that does more than expected gets an automatic extra star, and a cherished spot in my automatic login items. Flexiglass is an inexpensive Mac utility that lets you manage windows in ways you never thought possible.
The problem with Mac app windows is multifold. First, there are too many windows.
That’s the result of an ever increasing number of open apps and limited screen space.
Second, moving windows around to organize your Mac’s screen requires multiple efforts—mouse, click, drag, position, repeat for each window.
Or, you can use Flexiglass—a unique Mac utility that makes window management more intuitive, quicker to implement, and spreads the work between mouse, trackpad, or keyboard.
Yes, I’ve used a Mac since the 128k era, cut my computing teeth on CP/M systems from the early 80s, dabbled in QNX and various Unix flavors, and find the best of all worlds on the Mac. Except for window management.
Window management comes with many options. Moving and resizing images can be handled by mouse or trackpad settings (1).
Window layouts also has additional options which are assigned to the window’s typical red or green buttons. Zoom, zoom more, or double click to zoom. And choose from five window layouts (2).
Moving and resizing windows becomes an option under your control.
They layouts make it easier to manage where specific windows go on your Mac’s screen without relying on Spaces (3).
Flexiglass responds to mouse and keyboard input, but also uses the trackpad on your Mac notebook or the Magic Trackpad.
Double-click on the window title bar expands it to full screen mode and you can customize the windows close, maximize, minimize buttons (4).
Flexiglass setup is straightforward, but using the mouse for zooms, and using the trackpad takes some getting used to. The end result is more control over window size and placement on screen, and enhanced zoom capability.
Once you use it you’ll wonder why Apple didn’t build it in to OS X. Flexiglass is available from the Mac App Store, but you can download the trial version with a click.