It wasn’t that long ago that Apple installed a fullscreen button into OS X and many Mac apps. That little diagonal double arrow in the upper right corner of modern Mac apps means the window can become fullscreen with a click.
That’s all well and good and seems to work nicely on Mac notebooks. It’s good for focusing on a single app. After all, we can only work on one app at a time, right? Or, is Apple missing something? How about drag and drop?
A Better Way To Drag And Drop
Mac users drag and drop files from and to apps all the time. From the Finder to iPhoto. From iPhoto to the Finder. Drag and drop is how we do what we do.
So, how does one drag and drop between applications when all apps are running in fullscreen mode?
For me, I ended up adding a number of extra steps, some of which didn’t always work. Instead of drag and drop, I’d try to copy and paste. Copy– switch to the other app– paste.
Yoink is an inexpensive Mac app that brings more control to your drag and drop efforts, and works especially well in fullscreen mode where there’s nothing visible to drag to.
Here’s the way Yoink works. As you begin to drag a file or a snippet of text or a photo, Yoink takes over and creates a small window on the left edge of the Mac’s screen.
Drop the file-snippet-photo-image-whatever onto the window ledge, and your mouse is now free to move about to wherever you want to drop the item.
Yoink is even smart enough to know how to handle multiple files. Drag two, three, or more files to Yoink, and it stacks them up nice and neat, and all can be dragged off the Yoink window ledge onto whatever app you’ve navigated to.
Yoink is like an option for your drag and drop to take a break after the drag but before the drop. It’s an interim location where what you want to drag and drop can rest until you’ve navigated to the app or window where you want to drop the item.
Trust me, if you use fullscreen mode more and more, Yoink is what OS X should be doing in the first place, therefore worth a couple of bucks.