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Those who switch from a Windows PC to an Apple Mac will surely find many advantages in switching, but also a few hurdles. Because the workflow and thus productivity cannot be transferred 1: 1, at least not without tools. For example, if you have Apple's Split View for arranging windows next to each other and if you want to dock windows on sides, in corners and elsewhere by moving the mouse or a key combination, as in Windows 7, 8 and 10, then you need a helping app - and it's called Magnet. I've tried the Magnet macOS app and can only recommend it.
If you just want to put two windows side by side, for example to transfer information from a website into a text file then Apple Split View is a good thing. To do this, however, click longer on the green Maximize button and then also have to directly determine the second window for the other half of the screen, that can throttle the workflow. Especially if you are used to the simple arrangement of windows next to each other in Windows. Die-hard Mac users may only know this from the installed Windows version via Boot Camp or Parallels Desktop, but those who switch directly are more likely to recognize the Mac weakness.
I discovered the Magnet app by accident when I was browsing the Mac App Store. If you look there in the “Productivity” category, you will quickly find Magnet as a suggested application for the Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook. The function of the software is explained very quickly: If you drag a window with the mouse or the cursor to the respective position on the screen (top, bottom, left, right, corners), the window is not only docked there, but also in adjusted to size. If you work with the trackpad and therefore cannot click a button, you simply use the keyboard - the windows can also be arranged with key combinations and thus used much more freely than with Split View.
The Magnet App has already made it into the official "Get Productive" selection in the Mac App Store as well as under the "Invaluable Utilities" apps. It is currently also available for a reduced price of 80% for just EUR 1,09. The low price for the 1,8MB small software is only given "for a limited time". The developers Tomáš Znamenáček, Pavel Kozárek, Michal Sedlák from CrowdCafé did not write exactly what that means. In the test, Magnet proved to be very reliable - the program does exactly what it should. Arranging the windows on macOS should always be this easy! Simply drag to the side, corner or down (this will fill a third of the screen) and you're done. Maximizing is also made easier by dragging the window upwards. For the full screen mode you still need to click on the corresponding button in the window.
You can find the magnet download in the Apple Mac App Store (under Productivity Apps) and on the iTunes website. I can only recommend the software for window management on the Apple Mac - it has been optimized for macOS 2.1.0 High Sierra with version 2017 from February 10.13.
Link to the App Store
Another little tip: If you cannot or do not want to memorize the magnetic key combinations and use a trackpad instead of a mouse, window management as described is still quite easy. Simply click or tap on the window that you want to move / dock and then on the magnet symbol in the menu bar.
Now you can select the desired function from an overview. So you don't need a single key to move the windows on the Mac more freely and to have them displayed more individually;)
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.