Going back to OS X Lion, Apple implemented a fullscreen view on apps and multiple workspaces for screens. The former caught on and remains in use, the latter still seems to confuse Mac users. Here’s a way to customize your Mac’s workspace the way you want.
Divvy Up The Screen
OS X’s fullscreen mode takes awhile to get used to. That’s because some Mac apps just look crummy when stretched out across the entire screen. Contacts, Notes, Reminders, and others.
Is there a way to put apps where you want on the Mac’s screen. Yes. It’s called Divvy and that’s what it does. It divvies up the Mac’s screen real estate so you can organize it fit and work however you prefer.
App windows can be resized to fit the Mac’s screen by using a grid system, maximized and minimized with a click or keyboard shortcuts, and customized to match your personal workflow.
To get started, simply open the screen interface you want to use with the apps you use more frequently.
Then, click and drag each one to the position you want on the screen (even assign a keyboard shortcut to each).
Divvy is a new way to use your Mac’s screen to work, so it may take a few hours of use to see the advantages. Just think of your Mac’s screen as a grid, then think of where you want specific apps to be placed on the grid for easier, faster access. It’s a Mac App Store app, priced appropriately considering the professional level and reviews, but more than throw away money. The developer has a free try-before-you-buy trial available.
This utility is nicely done, and mostly disappears once you start using it (seems like a function Apple could build into OS X).