Sticky. Not Stickies. Most of my day-to-day work is handled by a 27-inch iMac with Retina display. To accomplish much in an efficient and productive manner, there just isn’t a good substitute for plenty of screen real estate. Whether MacBook or giant iMac, one issue most Mac users face is managing app windows on the screen. Unless you go to fullscreen mode, app windows are scattered everywhere. I found a good solution that has a single, common flaw.
For my use, there is no better value among Mac app window managers than Magnet. 99-cents gets you a quick and easy way to move Mac app windows pretty much wherever you want them to go. The utility is rock solid and updated frequently. All it takes is a click to the Menubar to move an open app window to a corner, half the screen, or even centered or maximized.
Or, just click and grab the app’s window and move it to an edge and it stays there. Magnet can handle up to six external displays (my maximum is two; after that my neck hurts) and every position can be managed by dragging, keyboard shortcuts, or my favorite– click the Menubar option.
Magnet lets you organize app windows to fit your personal workflow. Larger displays with higher resolution make it easier to put two app windows (two documents, for example) side-by-side. That makes dragging and dropping text or images an absolute breeze.
Getting windows to where you want them to go has a satisfying feeling. Magnet can move an app’s window to Left, Right, Top, or Bottom halves. Or, Left, Center, or Right thirds. Or, Left and Right two-thirds. Quadrant placement is just as easy, and app windows can be displayed centered, or maximized.
What’s not to like?
99-cent and almost every location on a Mac’s screen is supported with keyboard shortcuts, drag and drop, or Menubar selection. Magnet is simple to the point of obvious, elegant, and averages five stars on over 8,000 reviews on the Mac App Store.
What’s not to like?
One thing. It’s a bit of a nit and likely Apple is the source of the problem, but none of the half dozen or so Mac app window managers I’ve tried through the years can do it.
Keep app windows where they were stuck.
For example, Mail on my Mac stays in Maximize mode– covers the entire screen, edge to edge– thanks to Magnet. Ditto for Calendar. The Mac App Store app stays where it’s put, the Left half. iTunes gets the whole window and remembers the settings.
But what’s up with Safari? I prefer Safari windows to be on the left half of the screen. Other browsers I use are pushed to the right side of the screen. But after awhile, Safari begins to drift and when I open the app the first window could be near the center, sometimes closer to the right side, but seldom where it was when I set it using Magnet.
Sometimes Safari will remember to stay put for days. Other times, a Safari window will go walking away on its own. There doesn’t seem to be rhyme or reason but it can be annoying. So, the feature I want to see in all these Mac app window management apps is the same. Window Sticky. The app’s window should stay where it was placed by the window manager, not be me. If I move the window, OK. But the next time I open the app, the first window should be where Magnet or whatever app window manager is being used left it.
That’s ‘Sticky.’ That’s what I want.