By Gareth Clarke
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How many times have you had to keep switching between documents when you wished you could just see them all at the same time? For example, composing an email whilst referencing information on a spreadsheet and a PDF? The process of dragging and resizing these windows manually is very fiddly and time consuming. And then when you're done, you've got to move them all back! Step in Window Tidy.
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Window Tidy lets you quickly and easily arrange your application windows on your Desktop onto a customisable grid using nothing but drag and drop! When you want to reposition a window, there are no hot-keys to remember or menus to click, you simply drag and drop the window onto customisable pop-up Layout Icon and it will instantly snap to that layout. It also works seamlessly over multiple monitors too!
You can create any number of layouts, each with it's own grid size, so in just a few seconds you can take control of your Desktop and get working more efficiently.
## Main Features ##
● Intuitive interface seamlessly integrates with OS X
● Layouts can be added, removed and customised
● Specify the look and position of the pop-up Layout Icons
● Configure the Option Key ⌥ to either show / hide the Layout Icons whilst dragging
● Independent grid size for each layout
● Elegant multiple monitor support
● Menu option to move the active window to the current screen
● Quick Layout option for applying a new layout without adding it to the list
● Bonus feature allows windows to be captured to the pasteboard just by dragging them onto a layout
● Assign keyboard shortcuts to individual layouts for when using a mouse is not convenient
## Quick Layout ##
If you want to apply a different layout to a window, but don't intend to use it regularly you can apply a Quick Layout. This can be triggered from the Window Tidy menu or using a global hotkey. When triggered a window appears allowing you to quickly drag the grid area you want the active window to occupy, and when you release the mouse button the layout is applied.
## Multiple Monitor Support ##
When you drag a window onto another screen, the Layout Icons move to the new screen. When you drop the window on a Layout Icon the window is moved into position on the screen containing the layouts. Windows can be moved onto a new monitor and have a layout applied in one simple drag and drop movement.
If you have worked with multiple screens you may have found that occasionally windows get lost, perhaps because the screen they are on is currently switched off. We have provided a function to move the active window to the current screen to help you retrieve these lost windows.
Please note, Window Tidy is an assistive application and requires the system accessibility setting "Enable access for assistive devices" to be turned on. Window Tidy checks this setting and shows novice users how to adjust it if required.
What's New in Version 2.01
- Fixes for resizing issues experienced by some users
Tried many of these type of programs….
I have used no less than 4 of these window organizing softwares. None of them compare to this…
I use a program called Ubar which is a dock replacement app. Window management software doesn’t recognize that uBar is there. So windows get made too large. It was so easy to work around this with this software. A big reason I love Window Tidy is because it is so easy to customize the default windows. Apple couldn’t have designed this any better than this. I wish I could give it more stars. It is that good!
Use it Daily
I use this app many times a day, constantly organizing my open windows so I can work in one app and look at the content of another at the same time. Nothing better than organizing 4 open apps in a matter of seconds. I used a program called Optimal Layout prior to this, but that app is quirky, doesn’t always work right. This app works perfect every time. Preferences are easy to get to, and can custom create a position quickly, and reuse over and over again. Thanks for a great app!
Does what it says it does on the tin
Works very well. As others say, I’ve used a few programs of it’s ilk in the past, and this is the best.
There are a few things I wish it did - like work better with multiple virtual desktops. Currently the layout icon disappear when you drag from one desktop to the next.
Also, it would be cool if i allowed you to name the desktops - but frankly that should actually be a feature of Mission Control not Window Tidy.