Tile Windows In macOS

There are all kinds of things you can do on the Mac Desktop in macOS. I am sure most people (yours truly included) do not use half of these Finder features. One of those features is the ability to tile Finder windows on your Mac Desktop. Tiling windows can make your workflow more efficient. It is easy to tile a window in macOS Finder. Here is how you do it, with a new twist added by macOS Monterey.

Tile Windows

You activate Finder window tiling by rolling your mouse of the green action button in the upper-left corner of the window.1

A menu drops with window positioning choices. There is a new feature in macOS Monterey that allows you to just “Move” the window by holding down the Option Key ⌥ and then rolling your mouse over the green button. This produces the option of just “moving” the window.

There is a difference between moving the window and tiling it. It you tile it, the macOS divides the screen in half, puts the Finder window on the left side of the screen and portions off the right-side of the screen for another App to be placed there. If you move the Finder window, the Finder places it to the left side of the screen, but leaves the other half of the screen open for you to add and move several things around.

Here is the Finder window after it is moved.

The whole right-side of the screen is available to add different Apps or other things. It just adds a little versatility to the window tiling ability of macOS.

There is one more small addition to this command. You can “Revert” the Finder window to its previous position. Just hold down the Option Key ⌥ while you roll your mouse over the green button and select the “Revert” command.

This places the window back to its original position.

Having said all this, I should mention one more important fact. These tile and move commands work with just about any App in macOS, not just the Finder.


Apple continues to add small refinements to the macOS which can assist your daily work environment.

  1. You do not need to click the mouse, just roll it over the button.