Does Mac have snapto, like in Windows7?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by amazingdm, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. amazingdm macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    Where if I drag a Window (that's any size) to a side of the screen it will automatically fill half the screen (on the side I dragged it to)?

    This is THE most used feature of Windows 7 that I could NOT live without if I switched to Mac.
  2. m0nkeyb0y macrumors member


    Jun 16, 2009
  3. Pachang macrumors regular

    Dec 17, 2009
    better touch tool ^^

    actually if you have a magic mouse + better touch tool you will find that you won't need to drag and snap because you can set a finger gesture on your mouse that will snap a window to the side of the screen.

    It's awesome.
  4. hippo206 macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2007
    I guess I have never realized that people would use such a feature. I work with 2 monitors (3 at work) so snapping things to one side doesn't interest me at all, but nice to know that microsoft developed something useful.
  5. rmitchell248 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Liebsthal, Germany
    I have two monitors as well and quite often I find myself snapping open 4 windows, two on each monitor. or a total of three with one large window on one and two small windows on another It is quite useful with multiple monitors actually
  6. wildjohn999 macrumors member

    Feb 12, 2005
  7. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    If it's that important to you and you're that rigid, I don't think OS X is for you.

    There are plenty of tricks such as the features in Expose, but you'll just get frustrated and want to go back to only way you know.
  8. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    This type of windows-centric thinking will make you not enjoy using OS X. OS X is not windows, it does things differently. one major difference is OS X work flows tend to support multiple windows being 'the size they need to be' rather than the rigid full screen (or now INNOVATION(!) two HALF screens!!) that windows users tend to work with.

    In the past, windows folk (I know because I fell into this trap) bemoaned OS X not being able to easily zoom any app to full screen. Now with Win7 it's the same argument but two half screens.

    There is software that mimics this trick in OS X like Cinch, but really it is unnecessary with the OS X focused work flow.
  9. ag227 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2007
    Its not pointless of anything atall. I use it alot.

    I have a past exam paper in pdf open in preview, and another formula sheet open in preview and have them both set to half the screen with cinch. I then zoom in preview so that i can see the amount in the windows that I want.

    If i was to do it another way i'd either have them overlapping and couldn't see everything I want, or i would have to drag each window to half the screen.

    Just because you dont have a need for it doesnt mean that it is not useful to some / many. It is an amazing / simple feature of windows 7 and people cant accept that microsoft came up with a good idea before apple
  10. rtkane macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2010
    What's unnecessary to you may be necessary for others. I never understood why people respond to someone's request with "you don't need to do that". Provide an alternate way to do what the OP is asking (which you did, of course, which was great) or help them figure out how to do it. Saying "you don't need to do it" or that it's "unnecessary" isn't very helpful. Like the OP, I actually used the 1/2 screen quite a bit--balancing a checkbook as an example. Being able to just quickly throw my online statement on one side of the screen and quicken to the other side and having them perfectly sized instantly makes it a lot easier without having to mess around with window sizes.

    BetterTouchTool does this very well--full screen, quarters, halves. And as someone else posted above, it makes it even easier if you have a magic mouse.
  11. akm3 macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    I understand your point, and I *do* use cinch, but my point is that there are inexpensive tools to do the same thing so if you want it you can have it, but to try it 'the os x way' (using expose and the green+) before deciding you need a windows feature on the Mac.

    For a long time I decided I 'needed' a utility to change the function of the green plus to be a full screen button like in Windows, but that was a mistake. Eventually I reverted back and became more productive with the resize to 'how big it needs to be' button.

    So basically 'try it' before you believe you have to 'change it'. That's my point. If you still desire the feature Cinch and the like is there for you.

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