Does your Mac desktop look like a 10-car pileup with app windows all over the place? Is this disorganization slowing down your workflow and productivity? You’ve come to the right place.
Today we’ll take a look at seven of the most popular window management apps for Mac, and how they can help you keep your desktop organized so you can get more done.
The Best Window Management Solution for Mac
1. Magnet for Mac ($0.99)
To get started, all you need to do is carefully drag a window to your preferred location. You can also use one of the many customizable keyboard shortcuts to perform the same tasks. When dragging windows to your screen’s corners, Magnet snaps them into quarters. When pulled to the side edges, the windows arrange into horizontal and vertical halves.
Magnet for Mac works on up to six external displays at the same time. The app also works on any current Spaces screen, although you cannot do it across different Spaces. It’s built to run on all macOS versions since 10.9 Mavericks.
Bottom Line — It’s an app that offers a simple, no-nonsense solution for anyone who wants to add some organization to their desktop. While it’s not the most feature-rich solution available, it’s likely the one that will address the needs of most users.
For Those Looking for More
If you want to take window management on your Mac to a new level, consider these two solutions.
2. BetterSnapTool ($2.99)
Like other solutions on the list, BetterSnapTool allows you to manage your window positions and sizes by dragging them to one of the corners or the top, left, or right side of the screen. You can also set custom keyboard shortcuts to move and resize your windows.
But there’s more. BetterSnapTool also gives you the ability to create your own, custom snap areas. Plus, you can change the design of the preview overlays and set app-specific snapping sizes.
BetterSnapTool requires OS X 10.6 or later. It’s available for download on the Mac App Store.
3. Divvy Window Manager ($13.99)
Have you ever noticed that no matter how big your Mac screen, there’s never enough space once you start opening apps? Divvy’s solution is to “divvy up” the screen into exact portions.
Clicking on the Divvy icon brings up a grid showing each area of your screen. To move an open app window into one of those grid areas, just click on it. You can also drag your mouse and hold onto multiple grid areas so that the app shows in a larger area of the screen. The app also offers keyboard shortcuts to perform these tasks without your mouse.
Divvy is a slick product available for both Mac and Windows. Unfortunately, at $13.99, it’s also the most expensive solution on the list. You can download a free trial version from the Divvy website and make a purchase on the Mac App Store.
The Best Solution for Beginners
4. Optimal Layout ($6.99)
If you don’t consider yourself overly computer savvy, but still want better window organization on your Mac, consider Optimal Layout. This simple app, when opened, shows all of your active apps on the left side of the screen while providing a grid view of your display on the other.
You can either move an active app window to one of the default locations on your screen (right, left, on a corner, for example) or use the grid for more customization. Like with Divvy, you can just click on an area of the grid to place an open app window. Drag your mouse over multiple grids to have the app window show up on a larger area of the screen.
Like other tools, Optimal Layout also offers customizable keyboard shortcuts. It also shows frequently used positions in the menu bar, filtering tools, and more. Optimal Layout is available as a free trial or download the full version on the Mac App Store.
Other Apps Worth Considering
5. Window Focus ($3.99)
Organizing Mac windows using grids or keyboard shortcuts isn’t the only way to improve your workflow. Window Focus highlights the window you are currently working on and have open while dimming the other windows. In doing so, you can concentrate on what’s most important.
Other features include the ability to change the dimming background to any color and shade of your choice, and deciding how transparent you would like the dimmed background to be.
You can find Window Focus on the Mac App Store.
6. Spectacle (Free)
If you’re the type of person that loves to use keyboard shortcuts almost exclusively, Spectacle could be the window management solution for you. The free app makes use of several keyboard shortcuts that trigger specific window actions. These actions change the size or position of a particular window.
7. Split Screen ($6.99)
Finally, there’s Split Screen, described as “super simple window management.” The app allows you to resize windows on your Mac to half your desktop with a keystroke. You can also resize windows to the left, right, and full screen.
It’s Your Choice
There are many window management solutions for Mac available at various pricing levels. Before making a purchase, determine the features most important for you and be careful not to overbuy. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, use a trial version when available.
In the comments below, name the features most important to you when looking at a Mac window management solution.