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:

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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.