Managing multiple windows on your Mac is a cumbersome task. Since they tend to overlap, your display can quickly become cluttered and take up valuable workspace. Unfortunately, the built-in window manager doesn't offer many features to solve this problem.
Mac Window Manager is a name for a group of Mac apps that let you organize and resize windows with built-in shortcuts, mouse clicks, and gestures. We'll show you some of the best window management apps for Mac to keep your desktop organized.
Magnet is a simple window manager app for Mac for organizing and managing windows by orienting them in different positions on the screen. Windows can be snapped into place using drag-and-drop, keyboard shortcuts and the app's menu. This arrangement makes switching between apps unnecessary and offers more efficiency in the workplace.
First, drag your window to a specific location or use the customizable shortcuts to perform the task. By dragging the edges of the screen, the windows are arranged in horizontal or vertical halves. And if you drag them into the corner, they'll take up a quarter of the screen.
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What does Magnet offer you?
Snap windows into each of the four corners of your screen and even return them to their original positions.
It supports up to six external displays with different orientations. You can use shortcuts to quickly move windows between screens.
Maximize a window without losing access to the menu bar and dock. This is useful when you want to have constant access to the application menu.
Exclude apps that don't work well when the windows snap into place. For example, apps created with the Electron framework are buggy.
Download: Magnet ($ 7.99)
BetterSnapTool is a customizable window manager for Mac and probably the best alternative to Magnet. With the app, you can instantly change the position and size of your windows by dragging them to the top, left, or right, as well as the four corners of your desktop.
To do this, open the app menu and select Change window position / size. Alternatively, you can assign a shortcut to snap the windows in the desired position. The options listed in the snap positions are customizable, so you can turn off the ones you will never use.
Unique functions of BetterSnapTool
It offers unlimited resizing and snap range options. Just define a specific window size and snap detection area. Professionals who need windows in a predefined template will love this feature.
You can use Desktop Spaces and BetterSnapTool together. Just set the correct window edge lag between them to make it work. Otherwise, trying to snap the windows into place may cause you to move to the next space.
Set the resizing options for the window control buttons when you right-click or middle-click; go to Settings> Extras to configure it as you like.
Move and scale inactive windows with a modifier key. Go to Settings> Extras to set the special key. Here's a guide on how to remap your Mac's function keys to do whatever you want.
Download: BetterSnapTool ($ 2.99)
Having lots of open windows can be distracting, especially when you're trying to focus on a specific task. HazeOver is a distraction dimmer that highlights the active window and masks the one in the background.
It gives you control over configuring the turbidity intensity and speed to your liking. To begin, go to Settings> General and turn the wheel to optimize the dimming percentage. Alternatively, you can set up a hotkey and trackpad gesture to control the intensity in 20 percent increments.
The main features of HazeOver
Configure the effect intensity from a soft, bright dimmer to a bold black that definitely reduces distractions.
Choose whether you want to highlight just one or all of the open windows of an app. You can even see the dimness animation through the Progressive Tab.
Optimize the haze intensity on multiple displays. You can either highlight just the front windows or darken all windows on any screen.
Control the status and setting with the Shortcuts app for Mac. A shortcut enables you to activate haze dimming and do not disturb mode.
Download: HazeOver ($ 4.99, free trial available)
As you probably know, your windows can overlap. But a tile window manager app can arrange and organize an app's windows on your Mac into non-overlapping tiles. It does this by arranging your apps side by side, in rows, or in a similar way. This way you can use your workplace for maximum efficiency.
Amethyst is a tiled window manager that automatically positions your windows according to one of its predefined layouts (explained on Amethyst's GitHub page). You can move, focus, or scroll through app windows with the push of a button. For example, to enter the Big Layout, press Alt + Shift + A. In this arrangement, the main window is on the left, while the secondary windows are stacked vertically on the right.
Main characteristics of amethyst
There are a variety of layouts: Big, Far, 3 column middle, split, Full screen, and more can be accessed with shortcuts. The layout determines how the windows are positioned.
In each layout you can change the window size (Alt + Shift + L), cycle through the window (Alt + Shift + J), Change window position and more.
With so many keyboard shortcuts to choose from, you can customize your Mac keyboard to set up a modifier key that will ease your learning curve.
You can enable or disable layouts to control whether they appear in the cycle sequence at all.
Download: Amethyst (free)
For everyday tasks, you may prefer a certain window arrangement. However, when you use too many apps it becomes difficult to keep a consistent set of windows on the desktop. This is where the Mosaic Windows Manager App for Mac can help.
Not only does it position your windows, but it also helps categorize them so you always have them within reach. To get started, grab your app window and drag it up over one of the size options. You can also define a hotkey to show a layout choice for each active app if you prefer.
the Floor plans Tab gives you complete control over all possible layouts. Just use the configurable grid to define areas of the screen and set up a link. You can even organize your layouts to suit the way you work groups Tab.
What mosaic offers
Create any number of layouts with a configurable grid and gutter. You can assign apps to their own space without having to swipe through spaces.
Create a configurable custom layout of apps with three sections. You can use layout groups to further organize them to suit specific workflows.
All layouts are available to you on Macs with Touch Bar. You don't have to memorize any keyboard shortcuts or define an additional key.
The practical Mosaic Remote App makes all your layouts available on iOS. Switch between layouts on your Mac with the tap of a finger.
Download: Mosaic ($ 34.15, free trial available)
Moom is a customizable macOS window manager that allows you to pan and zoom your application windows around the screen. To get started, hover your mouse over any green zoom button and use a pop-up palette to select the desired location. You can also drag a window to an edge or corner of the screen.
After a few seconds, a preview with the size and position of the dragged window is displayed. The app also lets you configure a hotkey to trigger the Moom logo.
Unique properties of Moom
Press the Old Button while hovering your mouse over the green icon. Choose a preset to position and zoom your windows.
Create and define custom controls using the customs Tab. Set up actions that change the size, move and align across multiple displays. This is ideal for anyone who wants windows with a predefined template.
Save the window layout as a snapshot. Later you can simply reactivate this layout and return the windows to their original position.
Chain custom controls to perform complex window management operations with the press of a hotkey. For example, you can move a window to another display and then zoom it to full screen.
Download: Moom ($ 10, free trial available)
Which Mac Window Manager Should You Choose?
Depending on your needs, you may find it difficult to choose between these apps. For example, both Magnet and BetterSnapTool are excellent Mac window management apps with some overlapping attributes. However, BetterSnapTool offers many unique features, such as custom snap areas, multiple ways to snap windows, and better integration with desktop spaces.
Mosaic and Moom are professional apps that provide bespoke solutions to window management problems. Mosaic is expensive, with a steep learning curve, but each of them offers a unique solution.
Easily switch between apps and Windows
Juggling multiple windows comes at a cost. If you leave them on your screen as clutter, they will affect your productivity and you could waste time organizing your windows. The apps discussed above will help you regain control of unmanageable windows.
Next, you could consider the problem of switching apps. While Command + Tab is the standard way, it is not always the most efficient way to switch between apps. Check out the apps to switch between Mac applications and their windows.
The 3 best Mac app switchers for switching between apps and Windows
If you find Cmd + Tab too limiting for switching apps on your Mac, try one of these alternatives, which offer many more features and benefits.
About the author
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With an M.Optom degree in ophthalmology, Rahul taught for many years at the college. Writing and teaching others is always his passion. He's now writing about technology and making it digestible for readers who don't understand it well.
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