Is it because multi-tasking is a good bullet point in an add but not part of the reality of using a computer. Whatever it is, I’m becoming more confident that full screen is where it’s at. Why? Because managing app windows is like herding cats.
Full Screen? Or, Window Herding?
When it comes to using the screen, the Mac has a split personality. Or, rather multiple personalities. That contrasts with the iPhone and iPad which are utterly predictable.
I won’t go into whether or not the iPhone and iPad should have built-in multi-tasking and split windows. There are advantages and disadvantages.
For Mac users, if you have a MacBook of any model there is the physical reality of limited screen real estate.
For the MacBook, full screen mode works very well. After all, you can only work on one app at a time, right?
For the iMac or MacBooks connected to larger screens with higher resolution, there’s a tendency to have apps and their respective windows get lost in the clutter and full screen mode doesn’t work in many apps and utilities.
What we Mac users need is a Breeze. This inexpensive app is a window manager. Save a window in a particular location on the screen– a state– and Breeze remembers it.
The drop down menu from the Menubar is all you need to begin herding windows on your Mac. Assign apps to a specific section of the Mac’s screen.
Breeze remembers where the window should go and keeps it there. Built-in keyboard shortcuts make it easy to manage windows without using the pull down menu.
Select the app, place the window on the screen grid, capture the state and Breeze remembers the location.
Global states give you more options to place windows where you want them to be, including centered on the screen. Each window state can also have a keyboard shortcut.
Of all the Mac’s window management apps, Breeze is probably the easiest to setup and use, yet the keyboard shortcuts are good for power users who prefer to avoid the Menubar and screen pointer tandem.
Window management isn’t for the faint of heart. It changes how you use your Mac. If you’re a clutter freak, you won’t like the organization. If you have a touch of OCD, you’ll welcome it.
Because the Mac has a wide variety of screen sizes I doubt that full screen will be available for every app and utility, despite some obvious advantages. In the meantime, instead of herding windows here and there, and winnowing through the onscreen clutter, use Breeze to make window management a breeze.