Take control of your Mac’s workspace by managing your multiple windows like a pro in macOS

“If you use your Mac for more than browsing the occasional website or checking email, chances are you’re working with multiple windows at a time — you might have seven Safari windows open with multiple tabs, a couple instances of your text editor of choice, a Messages window, Photoshop running in the background,” Mikah Sargent writes for iMore.

“I could go on. The point is all those windows start to get in the way, keeping you from completing the work you set out to do when you sat down at your Mac,” Sargent writes. “With a few keyboard shortcuts, some trackpad and mouse gestures, and apps for managing your windows, you can take control of your workspace on macOS.”

“Sometimes the built-in offerings just aren’t powerful enough for your needs,” Sargent writes. “In that case, there are some third-party apps that can help you keep your windows exactly where you want them.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Do you use any apps, tools, and/or keyboard shortcuts to manage multiple windows on your Mac? Let us know below!

14 Comments

    1. Yes, but how do you switch to a window of a program with multiple windows open when they are on different displays spaces? Command Tab and hot corners only brings some, but not all the windows for a particular app to the front.

  1. Two requested features:

    1. Remember window size check box.

    Tired of having to resize Pages and Preview every time I use them.

    2. A real maximize window option. Essentially full screen with the Menu and Dock visible.

    I’d suggest the following:

    – Right side full screen button.

    – Double clicking on title bar resizes window to optimal size.

    – Green button Maximizes the window size with Dock & Menu visible.

  2. There were some Windows management elements which *used to be* an OS X feature, back around Leopard.

    One cleared all windows off the screen (revealing the desktop). Another did a ‘zoom back’ which reduced them in size and left them all on the desktop -you then clicked on which one you wanted.

    Apple removed the feature from OS X.

    Good going, guys.

    1. You expose the desktop with a gesture on the trackpad. I use it all the time. The mouse really isn’t competitive with Apple’s trackpads anymore. The trackpad is more precise and in general lets you “touch” your data a lot more than a mouse.

    2. Oh, and seeing all the open windows, that, too, is accomplished with a swipe of your hand on the trackpad.
      I use it all the time. This is built in to the Mac OS.

      1. FWIW, I did find that the feature got swept up and hidden in “Mission Control”…so the actual functionality merely got lost in a reorg (but apparently poorly communicated).

        In any event, point noted on trackpads – – although I no longer have mine on my Desktop Mac: I had spent the $79 for the Magic Trackpad when it first came out, but it died an ugly death from the AA batteries leaking inside the device, trashing it.

  3. I’d love to have a way to control desktop files and folders that doesn’t require me using an app to make them go “invisible” or manage it manually. How about only Desktop files & folders relevant to the app you have open at that moment? Now THAT would be worth an upgrade. It certainly seems an area ripe for native improvement that doesn’t require buying an app to pull off.

    1. Too logical and simple…never happen in the current regime……they need something vague and hard to find…..thats how they define “sophistication”

  4. BetterTouchTool

    One of the most useful apps installed, windows like resizing when dragging into corner screen splits), sides (for 50/50) and to the top for full screen.

    Plus the ability to use an iPad as a track pad is a handy feature.

    Creation of customer keyboard and mouse short cuts just tops this off – one of the best apps I use and recommend people to install… that and caffeine, a handy app that stops the Mac going into sleep or screen saver mode with one click.

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