The MacOS desktop is an outstanding option for users of all types. It’s elegant, simple to use, and rock solid.
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However, there’s always been one glaring issue I’ve had with the MacOS UI and that is the sad attempt at window snapping it offers. Out of the box, not only is window snapping limited, it’s awkward to use. That’s why I set out to find a solution that not only made it easier but offered true window snapping for MacOS.
What is window snapping?
Window snapping makes it possible for you to drag a window to the edge of your display (right, left, top, or bottom) and the window will automatically snap to that edge so it only takes up a certain area of the display. For example:
- Drag a window to the right edge and it will automatically take up the right half of the display.
- Drag a window to the left edge and it will automatically take up the left half of the display.
- Drag a window to the top edge and it will automatically take up the full display.
Most good window managers allow for the customization of snapping actions. Unfortunately, MacOS default only allows you (through a cumbersome window button action) to snap right or left.
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Thankfully, there’s a very handy app that allows you to add more traditional window snapping to MacOS. That app is called Rectangle. Let me show you how to install and configure this app. The app works on both Intel and Apple Silicon devices.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that if you use both Rectangle for window snapping and Stage Manager, you won’t get full-screen resizing that should be presented when dragging a window to the top edge. Instead, the window will resize to take up the full display, minus the space required for the Stage Manager icons. You still get window snapping, but Stage Manager blocks full-sized windows on the display.
After configuring the app, close out the Settings window and you can now drag open windows to the edges or corners to snap them in place. This is exponentially easier than having to remember convoluted keyboard shortcuts or the awkward title bar button.
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So far, Rectangle has proven to be the simplest method of snapping windows in MacOS that I’ve found. Kudos to the developer for creating the app. And remember, if you enjoy using Rectangle, consider offering a donation to the developer.
Enjoy that new-found window snapping on your MacOS devices.