Once in a while you find an application that is so simple, so perfect, so obviously necessary that you can’t help but wonder: Why doesn’t OS include this feature? BetterTouchTool is one of these programs.
Managing window size is important if you want to improve your efficiency, especially if you are working on a ‘modest’ screen size (I.e. my MacBook Air’s screen is smaller than single sheet of A4 paper). For some reason, when you click the green + icon in the corner, most of the time the window doesn’t actually maximize–something I’ve never understood about Mac’s. Microsoft figured this out long-ago–what is the hold up, Apple?
Enter BetterTouchTool, a gem of a free application that leaves you wondering–why isn’t this built-in to Mac OS? [users of BetterSnapTool will be puzzled–why is BetterTouchTool free, which includes the functions of BetterSnapTool–which was a paid app?]
This program has a lot of power, but it’s most useful features to me are simple: Instant window-resizing (either by dragging the window, or by using gestures or keyboard shortcuts), and creating custom gestures. You can also use it to create custom global keyboard shortcuts, but I currently use Alfred for that. I have barely scratched the surface of what is possible with this program, but I really like these three gestures:
Don’t forget to “Launch BetterTouchTool on startup”, and “Enable Window Snapping”.
When you have it configured properly, it should truly maximize a window when that window is dragged to the very top edge of your screen.