Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I've become so used to aligning windows to a grid on Windows (via Win+Arrow Key) and Linux (via Compiz Grid) that when I sit down at a Mac I want to gouge my eyes out trying to align windows.

How can I align windows to a grid in Mac OS X? Do I need to install an application?

Here is an example of Compiz Grid plugin.

share|improve this question
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Yes, kind of, Optimal Layout, an app I developed offers a way for you to rearrange a group of windows into a few different grid layouts.

Check it out: http://most-advantageous.com/optimal-layout/

share|improve this answer

Divvy is another simple tool for managing window layout on Mac OS X. They have a video demonstrating how it works, it's pretty intuitive once you see it once.

share|improve this answer
  • BetterTouchTool has Aero Snap like functionality (good if you like mouse gestures).
  • SizeUp has a few more options (good if you like keyboard shortcuts).
share|improve this answer
    
BetterTouchTool is the only completely free option I could find. Thanks for recommendation. Works great. – Adam Johns Feb 6 '14 at 15:31

No.

I would read Using Expose Effectively. While not the same as the grid layout, it can be used very effectively.

share|improve this answer
1  
Exposé has nothing on a grid layout. I've been using all 3 platforms for more than 3 years and I find Macs to be the most lacking :-/ – sirlancelot Mar 9 '10 at 18:48
    
I didn't say it was the same, I said it can be used effectively. – Josh K Mar 9 '10 at 19:09
    
I don't think that this is really an efficiency thing. I think it's probably an aesthetic thing for the OP... – Brian Postow May 3 '10 at 16:00

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .