As much as I love a Mac with a big screen, I still end up shuffling app windows all over the place. What I’ve wanted for a long time is a one click app that puts everything in place. Or, a way to make sure I know where apps put their windows.
Moom To The Rescue
Mac OS X Lion’s new version of Spaces doesn’t really cut it for me. I don’t want to bounce between different locations.
Moom is a relatively inexpensive Mac utility, an app that minimizes the window management effort. The controls set up a grid on your Mac’s screen, making it easy to put app windows where you know they’ll be.
The basic layout on the screen is in quadrants; right corner top and bottom, left corner top and bottom, or top and bottom half. An option lets you select even more precise locations within the grid. A click of the mouse reverts everything to original dimensions.
Moom’s keyboard control overlay pops up with a hot key combo and lets you move an app’s window wherever you want it to go.
Moom is easy to control via the mouse or trackpad, but power users want keyboard controls. All the functions can be assigned to hot keys, so moving an app window is easy even from the keyboard.
Putting apps in specific screen locations is one thing, having them remember where to go is Moom’s strong point. You can save specific window layouts with a click of the Save Snapshot button, and control the Settings from Moom’s icon in the Mac Menubar or the Dock.
Instead of manually resizing app windows and moving them to save and convenient locations on the screen, Moom can automate both processes. After a few days of using Moom you begin to know exactly where an app’s window should be.
Caveat? Yes. Moom is a new way to manage windows, so it takes some getting used to. The settings are almost self explanatory at the beginner level, but Moom gets more complex with more apps, and can be confusing with Spaces and multiple displays.
Start slowly and step into it until you know exactly where your most used apps are located and how to retrieve them, then step into a few more features.