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  1. Ogles of Kansas
    December 6, 2016

    Good feature. Surprised it wasn’t around a long time ago on mac really.

    • nospam
      December 13, 2016

      I HATE windows snapping on Windows it drives me bonkers.

      I try moving a web browser window to the top right corner on my 27″ monitor then it automagically resizes the window to full screen.

      WTF – a major source of frustration and time waster. If I wanted to full screen something I’ll click the maximize button.

  2. junebeetle
    December 6, 2016

    This is literally the best part of Sierra, but I’ve hardly seen anything about it online. Glad you guys realize how cool it is :)

  3. Ted
    December 6, 2016

    This reminds me of the “resize window from any corner” feature.

    Windows always had the feature where you could resize the window from any corner or edge. It took Y-E-A-R-S for Apple to implement this feature on the Mac. I refused to buy a Mac just for this reason. I used Windows for 16 years before I was willing to buy a Mac again when finally Apple decided to incorporate this feature into their OS. Unbelievable!!!

    And now this window snapping feature reminds me of all this. Once every blue moon, Apple comes up with a feature that is actually useful. There could be hundreds of them, but Apple decides not to implement them but one feature per human generation.

    • Alex
      February 13, 2017

      “I refused to buy a Mac just for this reason.”

      I’m surprised you bought a Windows PC, then. I can name a dozen UI features on the Mac that Windows still doesn’t have.

      (Do you still have to raise a window in order to move it, in Windows 10?)

      “There could be hundreds of them, but Apple decides not to implement them but one feature per human generation.”

      Apple tends to hold off until they can do it right. As you can see in the other comments here, it’s really easy to implement edge-snapping in a way that annoys half your users. Most of the top google hits for the Windows version are how to “disable aero snap”.

      I’ve been using window-snapping since the early 1990’s (fvwm had it), and Apple has the nicest implementation I’ve seen. It takes into account not just position, but speed.

  4. cashxx
    December 6, 2016

    My favorite thing is double clicking when the double arrows show. It expands to full screen. (Not Apple’s version of fullscreen)

  5. Jim Parr
    December 6, 2016

    Good feature. I also use Breeze, which has a lot more flexibility. I have windows that I want in certain locations, and Breeze will memorize those locations and snap each window to its location at a keystroke.

  6. Paweł Grzybek
    December 7, 2016

    It is cool but it takes so much time to align all windows in appropriate place. Thats why I created a easy AppleScript tool that works as a Alfred workflow to help you with that.

    Have a look at the full tool docs:

    Download workflow from Packal:

  7. Shirley
    December 7, 2016

    I use my Dock on the side, but couldn’t get this feature to work. Dragging to an edge just makes part of the window disappear except for the top edge.

    • Ron
      December 7, 2016

      It’s a subtle snap, it’s not a hard stick. If you’re overly aggressive with the mouse cursor it will go beyond the edge, of either a window, menu, dock, or side of the screen. Be delicate with the dragging and it will catch.

      It took me a few times to get used to it, there should be a key command to hold down to make it more obvious in my opinion.

  8. Brian
    December 8, 2016

    I can not get this ‘snapping’ function to work as described! I’m using Sierra, moving various windows (i.e. two browsers, couple of Office windows, a picture) nothing ‘snaps’ together as it apparently should. Colour me stupid, I must be doing something wrong…Any comments welcome (helpful ones please!

    • Mark
      December 11, 2016

      I have the same experience, Brian. Using various browsers and applications but not seeing the snap. Once I was able to get a Chrome window to snap to a screen corner. Otherwise, no. Using latest version of Sierra.

  9. Ken
    December 9, 2016

    I have used a tool called Better Snap Tool. It is really great esp. for multiple monitors and even more for when you use a laptop that you are plugging/unplugging. You can easily drag windows around to convenient locations and get full screen, half screen a other sizes. You can also make shortcut keys like Cmd-Option-B for to resize the current window into the bottom half. No more trying to get to the part of the screen that has ended up off screen. Sounds like Apple is doing something but not quite the productivity-focused one BetterSnapTool. I use it daily.

  10. Dan
    December 19, 2016

    BetterTouchTool and BetterSnapTool do a much better job than the built-in offerings on macOS.

  11. John
    February 1, 2017

    Hate it! It totally breaks the UI paradigm, and drives me nuts. I want it gone. I would settle for preference to turn it off.

  12. chris
    February 10, 2017

    To call what I just watched in that 22 second video more full featured than Windows 10 window snapping is an insane joke.

  13. Rick Anderson
    February 22, 2017

    I hate hate hate HATE this feature. It drives me up the freaking wall. I like to position windows very near each other but not touching and I constantly have to work against this stupid, useless, moronic feature.

    Apple really needs to give users the reasonable option to turn this annoying and unwanted feature off.

  14. Lars
    April 10, 2017

    I find this snapping really annoying as well, and it’s very frustrating that you can’t turn this feature off. I work with multiple monitors and lots of big windows from multiple applications, that now just tend to get stuck to each other every time I try to move them. I thought this was some sort of weird bug in the OS or with my mouse before I realized it was a new “feature”.

    I realize some people might like it, and that apple wants to enable it by default to show it off. But why oh why is there no way to turn it off?!?

  15. Zorglub
    July 4, 2017

    I want windows to go where I put them. Why does Apple think they know more about what I want than I do? I’ve been living without this “feature” quite happily since the original Mac in the mid 80’s. Please give us a way to turn this off.

  16. Bob
    November 29, 2017

    The OSX snap features are inadequate – Especially, when compared to Windows 8/10. Ask yourself when you would use a window tiling feature? Probably when you need to compare or reference a second or third on screen visual. In Windows you can simply hit Windows + arrow key (or various other key strokes) to send windows to a quadrant of your monitor(s). This is significantly more productive for professionals, because you don’t need to take your hands off the keyboard and rearrange windows.

    There are lots of things that OSX excels at; however window management is not one.

  17. Hop David
    March 11, 2018

    At one time it was easy for me to move a window any where I wanted it. Now I try to move a window and it snaps back to where I don’t want it.

    Apple keeps adding idiotic features that hinder more than they help. I used to love Apple. But now they are getting shittier and shittier every year.

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