In Windows, you can use the Win key + arrows to snap windows to half the screen. Is there a OSX equivalent?

I found a program that does this called HyperDock. It worked well, but it was just a trial version. It has more features than I care about and costs to much (IMO).

Are there any other programs that are free or cheaper that do the same thing?


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Since macOS El Capitan there is native support for arranging windows side by side. This answer provides a lot more information on how to use the feature, and how to make it work with the keyboard.

If you want more customisation, and depending on your technical inclination, you might want to try Spectacle, or install something like Mjolnir / HammerSpoon

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    Spectacle is exactly what I am looking for and free!
    – Keltari
    Commented Dec 2, 2014 at 20:02
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    And it's open source! github.com/eczarny/spectacle Commented May 11, 2015 at 22:02
  • Of course, when OS X El Capitan is released, you will have a window snapping feature builtin within Mission Control.
    – juandesant
    Commented Jun 25, 2015 at 11:42
  • The link for Mjolnir doesn't work.
    – xApple
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 15:47
  • @xApple thanks for pointing that out, edited the answer to provide better links.
    – juandesant
    Commented Apr 16, 2016 at 7:57

BetterTouchTool (blog.boastr.net) does just this. I find it very convenient to use with a trackpad: by tapping in different parts of the trackpad I can snap windows to the corresponding region of the screen, one of the most useful features of BetterTouchTool (but it has many many more, check it out!)

Edit: BetterTouchTool is no longer free

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    I liked better touch tool for the quick and easy snapping using the touchpad. Until it became a paid application though. I never used any other features so I did not see the value is paying. Spectacle works fine, just w/o a touchpad option. Commented Feb 24, 2016 at 3:30
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    BetterTouchTool is a paid option now. You should probably edit your answer to include that.
    – xApple
    Commented Apr 12, 2016 at 15:48
  • using bettersnap with spectacle. The drag and snap is great with better snap. Keyboardshort cuts are good with spectacle Commented Feb 5, 2018 at 11:46

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