Moom: Window Heaven

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I keep reading articles about people complaining about how El Capitan Finder does not handle windowing very well. I am not one of those people that has tons of windows open on the Desktop, but I have tried the “Split View” and liked it. If you really want to take control of windows on your Mac then you need to look at an app called Moom by Many Tricks.

 

Overview

Some people do use a very heavy window workflow, I am not one of them. But, I do use several windows in the Finder at times depending on what I am doing. Right now I have my blogging software, Blogo located to the left side of the screen, a Finder folder containing images in the upper right quadrant of the screen and the Safari browser in the bottom right quadrant of the screen; all just so I can do this article!

When my Desktop gets like this I end up moving a lot of stuff around all the time. Enter a very cool app called Moom. I know, catchy name right. Moom is quite sophisticated, it allows you to arrange windows in all kinds of different ways. Here is how it works.

Moom

You can buy Moom from the App Store or from their website for $10. If you are a windower (just made up a new word) then I highly recommend it. The gist of this app is it pops up a window with placement choices when you roll the mouse over the green window button in the upper left corner of your Mac app like so:

Here it is in action in Safari. Here is what those icons mean from left to right. The first icon puts the app in “full-screen”. The next one over moves the window to the left half of the screen. The next one moves the app to the right half of the screen. Then next to the top half of the screen and the next to the bottom half of the screen. It is really easy to move an app like Blogo to the left side of the screen and a folder of images to the right side of the screen and then get to work. But, there is more, of course.

If you look at the above image you will see these squares down below the little icons. Those are quadrants. So, if you roll over the green window button on a window or app it will present the Moom menu. If you wish to put that window into a quadrant just move your moust to that quadrant and the window is moved there. To do this article, I Moomed Blogo to the left half of the screen, the Safari browser to the lower right quadrant and a folder of images to the upper right quadrant. Everything I need to do the article is arranged on the screen for easy use.

Moom has other stuff you can do. I think what I will do here is show you some of the Preferences areas. There is no way I can go over it all, but here is an overview.

Moom Preferences

This is the main Preference window for Moom:

You can set some general stuff in this area. As you can see you can choose to run Moom as a standalone app, a menubar item or just in the background. I like the menubar feature because it is out of the way, but I can change settings easily.

If you go into the “Mouse” area you get into the nitty gritty of Moom setup. This is where you can choose what size your grid is (I have a quadrant of 4, but you can have bunches) and set other popup type behavior:

You can set keyboard shortcuts for Moom if you wish. There is also a Custom area where you can customize the window sizes:

I have not done too much with this Custom area, but it seems you can make Moom windows in almost any configuration and size. It is a very versatile program.

Conclusion

I have only used Moom for a few days, but I really love it. There are times when I am in one app for a long time so I don’t need Moom. But if I am working on a project with several Finder or App windows then Moom it is totally handy. You can download a free trial. I highly recommend at least doing that to see if it is a good fit for you.

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