Well, that was easy. My Mac had a serious screen problem that needed a solution. After digging around and rummaging through a number of screen management utilities I found one that worked the way I work.
Here’s the problem. Just as my budget has too much month left over at the end of my money, my apps take up more screen real estate and pixels than my Mac’s screen can display. Fullscreen mode is nice and all, but I like to see what’s behind or near the app I’m working on at the moment because writing means multiple apps open and multiple apps means the screen gets cluttered.
That’s where Magnet comes in. Magnet is a Mac screen management app which, well, for lack of a better term, manages app windows on the Mac’s screen, putting apps where they belong or where you want them. Half screen, quarter screen, fullscreen.
The app’s name is appropriate because Magnet acts like a magnet for app windows. Drag an app window to a corner of the Mac’s screen and it sticks there like a magnet. Each app window can be resized, though, including half screen and quarter screen, but not the OS X version of fullscreen mode.
What you get in Magnet is more than the split screen mode that comes with OS X El Capitan, but it remains easy to use. Magnet lives in the Mac’s Menubar so making adjustments is simple. One click.
What’s the advantage of all this neatness?
First, say goodbye to visual clutter. Second, each app remains in its own position so you’ll know exactly where to look when you need it. Here’s a good example. I like Safari in split screen mode, while I prefer Mail to take up the whole screen. Notes and Reminders need only a quarter of the screen’s real estate. Messages works well with half a screen, too.
Getting apps to go where you want and stay there has multiple options. Drag and drop the app’s window like the Mac’s screen edge is a magnet. Use keyboard shortcuts to move the frontmost app to whichever quadrant or side you want. Or, just select the screen icon from the Menubar. One click.
Magnet is an app much beloved by Mac users and even though it’s a Mac App Store app it gets plenty of well deserved four and five star reviews.