When Microsoft said Windows Everywhere I didn’t think they were talking about the Mac, but maybe so. My Mac has a dozen open apps, each with multiple windows, and that creates a mess worth cleaning up.
Telling The Tale Of Window Management
Maybe, just maybe, you’re not the neatness freak everyone you know thinks you are. If so, you probably don’t care that it takes 27 clicks to find a specific app window on your Mac’s screen.
I care. I object to the waste of effort. Click, click, click, and more click.
Without question, my life has only so many clicks so I’ve decided not to waste clicks where I don’t need to waste clicks.
Two Mac apps to the rescue, to help you manage your windows. One is easy and free (for now; there’s a gotcha). And one costs as much as dinner (provided you and your spouse eat cheap).
First, Window Magician. It automatically resizes and repositions app windows on your Mac. You choose how and where the window should be, on which app, and Window Magician works magic to make it happen.
Do you know what this means for people like me who suffer from advanced OCD? Using the Magician is simple enough. Set up a Window Watcher, add a name, select the appropriate Action, then When, and finally Where, but just before What.
If that sounds a bit complicated, well, it is. But it works. You get highly granular control over window positioning, including width and height. And you can set it up so windows do whatever you want depending on whether the window is hidden or in front.
What if you want to control windows but you’re on a budget, and you don’t want to worry about x and y coordinates?
Try Windownaut while it’s still free. It manages the whereabouts of wayward windows, too, but adds a few useful features.
For example, Windownaut lets you set up a window location for app windows so they snap into place on the screen’s edge. Built-in hotkeys give you keyboard options to move windows around.
You control the gap margins between windows, as well as where the window gets placed (right, left, top bottom quadrant; or center, or left or right).
From my For What It’s Worth Department™, just remember that Windownaut is free. For now. It’s easier to use and configure that Window Magician but doesn’t have the fine controls advanced members of the Mac OCD club may prefer.