As an Ubuntu and MS-Windows user, I regularly used the hotkey to snap a window to half the screen. This feature was built-in to the operating system. There are 7 year old threads which lists third party apps, which means enough time has elapsed to build the capability into the OS.

Question: What is the proper term that one would use to search? Is the capability baked into 2018 versions (10.11.6) of OSX?


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It’s not baked in. Magnet seems to be the most popular app, and it’s what I use.


As Microsoft has patented windows snapping feature in order to prevent lawsuit Apple hasn't natively added this feature into MacOS

I learnt this from linus tech tips

My suggestions would be if you are ok with third party apps

1.Magnet 2.Better snap tool 3.Spectacles

If you want to use something simple natively on Mac without third party then use mission control trackpad gestures or set shortcuts as per your needs to use Mac like a pro multitasker with multiple desktops here is my example

System prefrences - Keyboard - Shortcuts

And when using mission control you can add apps to split screen just by swiping them to desired desktop

  • You cannot patent a feature, only the method by which it’s done, so no, Apple has not refrained from including that feature as a mitigation against litigation. If that were the case, the three apps you referenced would be long gone by now. Why Apple chooses to do or not do something is for them.
    – Allan
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 19:57
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    Interesting speculation there - maybe put that at the end after you answer if you get some down votes or people focus on the why you mention instead of the what that answers the question
    – bmike
    Commented May 5, 2020 at 22:34
  • Check the edit above for patent @Allan even I didn't know until I checked out Linus tech tips video but you got a point too its up to apple if they choose to do something similar in function Commented May 6, 2020 at 12:43
  • If you notice, the very first words of the patent “*A method for displaying...”
    – Allan
    Commented May 6, 2020 at 14:08

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