Every app or widget or utility or whatever fits nicely on the iPhone or iPad screen. On the Mac, there’s a bit more freedom. No, freedom isn’t the right word. How about chaos? Mac apps have windows which can and do go anywhere on the screen. Here’s how to fix the mess.
Stay, Ubu. Stay.
To be honest about it, I know that many Mac users do not care where an app puts its windows. Those of us with larger windows tend to open and use more apps, so we care a bit more.
Also, thanks to my parents and their parents, I have an OCD gene to deal with, hence the need for a little visual organization to combat the screen clutter.
Enter Stay. It’s a Mac window management utility which puts app windows in the place where you want them to be and keeps them there.
There’s not much to using Stay and I like that.
Move the app’s windows to wherever you want them to stay, and Stay remembers the location and puts the windows back there the next time you use the app.
Stay resides in the Mac’s Menubar. Click the icon, check the app, select the option you need.
Options are nominal. Each app will be displayed with options for the windows. Select Store All Windows… or, Store Active Window…, or, Link Active Window…, or, my favorite, Store Windows for All Applications.
Wherever you’ve placed the app windows on your Mac is where they’ll show up next time, thanks to Stay. It even works on Mac with multiple displays. Simply create another set of windows for the external display.
Those sets can be applied to a MacBook without a connected display, and with a connected display. It’s not cheap considering it’s a one-trick pony utility, but it does scratch the OCD itch.