I'm a Linux user. I just bought my first Macbook but I still need some features from Linux that I think are also useful. For example:

  1. Open in terminal (right click and choose menu to open the current folder path in terminal)
  2. Two windows side by side (this feature from Windows.)

How can I get these features?

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    Normally we prefer one question per session so to be able to sort, search and find the answers individually, but since you are a newcomer we let it pass this time.
    – Ruskes
    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:28
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    Your originally second question is already answered here which is one reason why it is preferable to stick to the one question per question rule. The other key reason is that having several questions makes it difficult/impossible to "accept" one answer (see the FAQ for details on how the site works).
    – nohillside
    Mar 7, 2014 at 12:26
  • Recent versions of MacOS can do the Two Windows side by side natively. Hover over the maximize button of the window to get suggestions Aug 2, 2020 at 15:18

4 Answers 4


For the number one, just put the terminal icon in the doc then drag the desired folder to the icon and it open the path

  • or use this macworld.com/article/1047793/folderinterm.html
    – Ruskes
    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:47
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    or add the Terminal icon to your Finder toolbar. This way you can drag and drop Folders/Files on there. To do this Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal -> drag/drop next to the search bar at the top in the current Finder window
    – fsimkovic
    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:59
  • Or see here
    – nohillside
    Mar 7, 2014 at 12:44

To your question #2:

OS X does not have the Split screen feature.

How ever there are 3d party apps that do just that.

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  • In addition to this comment, I recommend 'Window Magnet'. It is available in the App Store and sits nicely in your MenuBar. I can also recommend 'Cinch', even though the last time I used it it had far less options than Window Magnet...and was for free.
    – fsimkovic
    Mar 7, 2014 at 11:56
  • Or see here for a lot of other possible solutions.
    – nohillside
    Mar 7, 2014 at 12:42

Answer 1: Open in terminal

You can use DTerm which is also work with other app like Sublime...

Answer 2: Snap windows

You can use spectacle

Both of them are free.


Answer 2:

There is a way to split screen natively:

  1. Maximize App1 window using the green button, it will be moved to a new desktop
    (e.g. desktop #2)
  2. Swipe back to desktop #1
  3. Press control+up, or Swipe 3-fingers up (shows all windows in desktop)
  4. Drag App2 onto App1 in desktop #1

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