Or­ga­nize your workspace with Mag­net

Use Mag­net to sim­plify your desk­top lay­out with a few clicks

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Nate Drake


Mag­net, OS X 10.9 or later

You will learn

How to use Mag­net to man­age your desk­top


10 min­utes

While the Mac desk­top is fa­mously in­tu­itive, min­i­miz­ing and re­open­ing mul­ti­ple win­dows can be a chore, es­pe­cially if you’re work­ing with mul­ti­ple apps at a time. Mag­net is a handy win­dow man­ager that of­fers a sim­ple way to ar­range win­dows on your desk­top. It’s nor­mally $4.99, though is some­times dis­counted to as lit­tle as $0.99.

You can use Mag­net to au­to­mat­i­cally re­size win­dows to a quar­ter, half, or third of your desk­top, and stack mul­ti­ple apps with a swish of your mouse or by us­ing Mag­net’s in­tu­itive key­board short­cuts.

The app of­fers a range of op­tions for “tiling” your win­dows be­yond the sim­ple op­tions of­fered by macOS. You can drag iTunes to the bot­tom-right cor­ner of your screen, so you can browse playlists, and let Sa­fari fill the up­per half, for ex­am­ple.

The lat­est re­lease (Mag­net 2.1) has been op­ti­mized for High Sierra. Other changes in­clude sup­port for di­vid­ing your desk­top into thirds, and com­pat­i­bil­ity with Adobe Cre­ative Cloud. Mag­net can also sup­port up to six dis­plays.

Use Mag­net’s menu bar icon to align win­dows to dif­fer­ent ar­eas of your desk­top. Op­tions in­clude cen­ter­ing a win­dow on your screen.

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