How to arrange windows in Mac OS?
Posted 23 October 2005 - 03:52 AM
hope that helps!
Posted 23 October 2005 - 06:36 PM
Im not exactly sure what you want in the way of information, but Ill share how to do what works for me. First, understand that I came on board with Mac back in 1985 and dont fix things that aint broke; had to be dragged kicking and screaming into OS X after new Macs could no longer boot OS 9. I'm now working with 10.3.9 (Panther), although I do have Tiger (uninstalled...Panther works fine!).
1. Move Dock to left side of screen and shrink to take up no more than 1/3rd of vertical space (it will be in the center).
2. Make a blank folder (mine is titled Work, but it doesnt show).
3. In the Finders View menu for that window select Icon view, then select Show View Options at the bottom. For this window, I use the 20 x 20 icon size and 10 pt. text (bottom) labels (titles).4. Click the upper right window button to kill the window menu (saves space).
5. Move this window to the top left screen border, make it deep enough to touch the top of the Dock and as narrow as physically possible.
In this folder I keep four documents: The first is a short-term Do List. The second is the rest of Things to Do. Third is an ongoing Chrono (chronology) of phone call notes by date. Fourth is a VCR programming list for the upcoming week. I also keep three folders: The first is entitled Formats (containing letter, certified mail return card, postcard and information request documents, and an Envelopes folder containing various templates. The second, entitled Active is self-explanitory. The third is entitled Folders.
6. After positioning icons in the folder window vertically close together, select them as a group to move them as high and to the right in the minimum possible window.
7. It is then possible to move the waste space to the left off screen. This leaves an on-screen window consuming only 1/2 visible screen width.
8. Now open the Folder icon window and do the same with it as you did with the Work folder window (see above). This window will reside between the bottom of the Dock and the bottom of the screen with room for another 7 or 8 icons. It is for folders I work with sufficiently often as to want them easily selectable.
You cannot read the title of these narrow windows, but that does not affect their utility. Arranging selected windows in this way greatly facilitates working with, moving and or copying MY files. Hope you find this approach to be of use.
Posted 23 October 2005 - 10:23 PM
I think he's referring to how in Windows you can use the Tile or Arrange commands and windows that were inconveniently overlapping are suddenly lined up next to each other conveniently. That is not a standard Mac OS X command, though it's a core function in Windows.
Some Mac apps have Tile and Arrange, but only because those apps do it cross-platform. Tile and Arrange aren't in the Finder. One of the few areas where Windows is actually a little nicer. On the Mac, you'll have to arrange those windows by hand.
Posted 24 October 2005 - 12:38 PM