To get the job done on your Mac efficiently, you are likely to use a variety of apps. However, Apple still offers a limited number of multitasking features on macOS. The split-screen function, for example, is limited to two windows and falls short on smaller screens.
Fortunately, you don't have to settle for these tight features as you can try a number of Mac split-screen apps and third-party productivity apps instead. Here are the best multitasking Mac apps you can use.
Magnet brings the best of Windows multitasking to macOS. With this option enabled, you can simply drag app windows to the edges of your screen to snap them into a split screen view.
Unlike the built-in macOS split-screen app, you don't have to hold down any keys or create a new workspace.
If you are trying to triple the split screen on a Mac, Magnet can do it for you. Magnet enables its users to quickly organize windows so that they evenly place two or even four windows side by side.
Plus, you don't have to move them manually. The Magnet Window Manager allows you to perform these actions using customizable keyboard shortcuts. Alternatively, you can use the menu bar widget.
When it comes to split screen Mac apps, Magnet is one of the best. It supports up to six external displays and even allows you to move windows between them with dedicated keyboard shortcuts.
Magnet is not a free tool; it costs $ 7.99. But if you often get annoyed with macOS 'native multitasking methods, the low price tag is well worth it.
Download: Magnet ($ 7.99)
2. Mission Control Plus
This Mac utility does exactly what its name suggests. It improves on Mac's Mission Control (the apps overview screen) by adding a handful of missing capabilities.
For starters, Mission Control Plus is a little bit attached X in the upper left corner of each window in Mission Control. You can click it to immediately hide a window, but it won't close the app. So if you select the app icon in the dock again, you'll be back where you were before.
In addition, the app enables some practical shortcuts. Hide an app by pressing Command + H or use Command + W close the window. You can also hide all apps except the one you are currently using Option + Command + H.
Unfortunately, Mission Control Plus is pretty unhelpful in terms of the Mac's built-in screen sharing features, but it's still a good app.
Mission Control Plus offers a free 10-day trial after which you have to pay for it.
Download: Mission Control Plus ($ 10.99, free trial available)
Tuck is another nifty tool for switching between multiple apps on Mac. The app allows you to temporarily fold windows to the sides.
All you have to do is move your cursor to the center of any edge of the screen and Tuck will push the active window off the screen. If you want the window back, repeat the process and it will come back immediately.
Instead of using the mouse, you can also use direct keyboard shortcuts. You can hide as many windows as you like and simply scroll through them. In addition, Tuck includes a menu bar widget for showing all of the hidden windows.
If you're looking for a free way to multitask on Mac, Tuck might be the answer you're looking for. Tuck is free as long as you agree to an occasional warning popping up. To get rid of that, you have to pay a few dollars for a license.
Download: Tuck ($ 6.99, unlimited free trial available)
Slidepad is similar to Tuck, except that instead of app windows, it places a mini web browser within reach of a gesture. If you move your cursor to the middle of the right edge of the screen, Slidepad will open a panel where you can load and add any web apps.
There is no limit to the number of apps you can set up. Slidepad keeps its status when you are working on something else.
Suppose you're working on a presentation and want your coworker's help. When you've set up the Slack web app on Slidepad, just move the cursor to the right to bring up the panel and instantly go to your Slack workspace. Likewise, you can pin your to-dos or calendar and instantly see what your schedule looks like.
While Slidepad isn't technically a split-screen Mac app, it does offer its users a similar experience so they can easily access multiple windows and multitask accordingly.
The transition is smooth and does not affect your computer's performance. You can also find an option in Slidepad's settings to flatten the animations if you want.
Download: Slidepad ($ 12.99, free trial available)
uBar replaces the row of macOS icons with a Windows-style taskbar. It clearly shows which apps are active and has important details like the time and date on the right, a shortcut to your desktop and a quick access menu for your files.
Hovering your mouse over a specific app allows you to preview its windows (or windows if more than one are open). In addition, uBar can be automatically hidden after a period of inactivity.
You can fine-tune the theme and personalize elements like background color and opacity.
Unfortunately, uBar is a bit expensive and costs $ 30. If that's too expensive for you, check out some other macOS Dock alternatives.
Download: uBar ($ 30, free trial available)
WindowSwitcher addresses the shortcomings of the macOS app switcher by adding some much-needed features to the utility.
WindowSwitcher assigns every app in the Command + Tab Menu. That way, you can switch to another app simply by pressing Command line and the assigned digit together while you are in the toggle switch. In addition, WindowSwitcher adds shortcuts to hide and close an app.
Its biggest highlight, however, is the resizing options. As Mac users already know, besides using Mac's split screen feature, another way to split the screen is to manually resize the windows and place them side by side. WindowSwitcher makes this process a lot easier.
Once in the app switcher, hover your cursor over an app to see a range of window layouts. Click on one to instantly resize the selected window.
A one-time payment of $ 15.99 gives you a perpetual license of WindowSwitcher, but offers are often available too.
Download: WindowSwitcher ($ 15.99, free trial available)
Improve productivity on your Mac
These apps fill in the biggest gaps Apple has left in macOS 'multitasking capabilities. Whether you're looking for an app to split the screen for different Mac apps or just want to streamline your workflow, you've come to the right place.
Multitasking tools and Mac apps for sharing your screen are just a few pieces of this puzzle. Personalizing your keyboard shortcuts and using free trials of productivity software can also help you get more out of your work day.
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Based in Ahmedabad, India, Shubham is a freelance technology journalist. When he's not writing about the latest trends in the world of technology, he's either exploring a new city with his camera or playing the latest game on his PlayStation.
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