1 Jan 15, 2017

Simple Mac window management with BetterTouchTool

As a software developer, I not only work with lots of different windows on my computer screen, but with lots of different sets of windows. Not only am I dependent on windows being in different places, but in different sizes. As such, I need to manage all these windows in some way.

For example, I often need to have 3 browser windows open. Maybe one for documentation, one for a project management tool and one for testing. And then I’d of course want a text editor. Maybe for a while I’d like one of the windows to take up more space, so I move one to a different screen and make the other window larger.

It would take me a while to manually drag these windows to their right places.

Luckily, a program for Mac called BetterTouchTool allows me to easily define sets of hotkeys that carries out all this moving and sizing of windows. I find that it speeds up my workflow a lot – I can easily organise my desktop.

It’s even preferable to the Windows 7-style drag-to-maximize Snap feature since I don’t have to use my mouse at all.

Here’s the shortcuts I’ve defined:

Use the link below to download a BTT preset of these shortcuts.

Did you create any cool sets of shortcuts or workflow improvements with BetterTouchTool you want to share? Let us know in the comments.


One Response to “Simple Mac window management with BetterTouchTool”

  1. John says:

    Thanks for the tip! Didn’t realize BetterTouchTool was so powerful – your preset is really handy, although I had to adjust it to a US keyboard.

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