A few years ago I remember a friend using an application in Ubuntu that made window management extremely easy. If you wanted to move the active window, you would press a key and drag the window by clicking anywhere on the window. If you wanted to resize the active window (proportionally), you would press a key and turn the wheel. I think this is very intuitive way to resize and move a window.

Are there any free applications for Mac OS X that can utilize similar mechanics?


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Afloat does moving and resizing as explained, and does more than that. I really loved this application.

  • COOL. +1 for this app. Thanx.
    – clt60
    Jun 8, 2011 at 21:04
  • Already installed Afloat. It is really cool. ctrl-cmd-scroll ---> transparency change is fantastic. :)
    – clt60
    Jun 8, 2011 at 21:11




Not exactly what you want but:

  • zooming is build-in OS X. Go to System preferences -> Mouse and check "Zoom while scroll wheel while holding Controll". After this you can zoom any part of the screen with CTRL+scrollwheel. It is not an "window zoom" but screen zoom - but sometimes helpful.
  • care the down-voter comment the down-vote?
    – clt60
    Jun 9, 2011 at 13:33
  • 2
    The question was about moving or resizing windows, not zooming the screen.
    – Lri
    Jun 9, 2011 at 14:08

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