Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Windows 7 has a nice new feature for moving around windows.

The one that I am particularly interested in is: Windows Key + Left/Right : Move the window to the left or right of the screen, or over to a second monitor.

But, Windows Key + Up: Maximize the current window and Windows Key + Down: Restore or minimize the current window. are also quite useful.

Is there anyway that I can get this functionality in OS? Preferably replacing the windows key with Command Key.

share|improve this question
possible duplicate of What Window Management Options exist for OS X? –  user588 Mar 5 '11 at 18:08

6 Answers 6

Shift It

If you read this Article I think you get what you want.

alt text

share|improve this answer
I like that this is free and open source. Will definitely check it out. –  tobes Aug 25 '10 at 23:02
Can you add the name of the app and a direct link to the project site? It will make it easier for future reference :) –  Robert S Ciaccio Aug 26 '10 at 4:33
Great find by the way! –  Robert S Ciaccio Aug 26 '10 at 4:39
The provided link is a little old, the project is now hosted on github, you can get the binaries there now. Link: github.com/fikovnik/ShiftIt –  rob.alarcon Sep 20 '14 at 18:11

There's a nice little app called Divvy, that gives you a lot of control on windows resizing, including keyboard shortcuts similar to ones Win7 has. It's $14, but worth it in my opinion.

share|improve this answer

If you don't mind paying, there's SizeUp from Irradiated Software, worth paying for IMO. Gives you lots of customizability.

If you just want the mouse windows resizing behaviour (dragging to the edges) from windows 7, there's Cinch from the same company.

share|improve this answer
+1 Cinch. Almost as good as Windows 7. –  Paul Alexander Oct 29 '10 at 17:28
+1 Cinch, though it's awkward on multiple monitor setups. –  intlect Oct 30 '10 at 0:32

Two excellent, free tools:

  • Spectacle is ultra-simple and lets you setup shortcut keys to all the typical window placement actions (fill left half of screen, fill top half, full screen, center, etc).

  • BetterTouchTool is very full featured and can do these keyboard shortcuts as well, but also lets you click and drag windows to "snap" to different regions of the screen. (And it has tons of other features, since it's original purpose was custom touchpad gestures).

share|improve this answer
Free. Solid: Better Touch Tool –  user84730 Jul 11 '14 at 0:11
Uh yeah, that's what I listed above (including same link) –  jpeskin Jul 11 '14 at 0:26

You have a few good alternatives (there are more):


Optimal Layout


share|improve this answer

I was looking for the same thing since window management on Mac is not ideal. I use MondoMouse (15$) for window sizing and control which I even like better than the Windows 7 model.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.