Mr. Mincey and I have a problem with the family Mac. He’s messy. I’m not. When he’s done with a session of using the family room Mac, I get to sit down to a screen with a dozen open apps, with a couple of dozen open windows, and they’re scattered all over the Mac’s screen.
You see? There is a good reason to give every family member their own Mac. It’s good for the economy, makes your children love you more, and husbands really don’t respect our need to massage the OCD gene from time to time.
Yes, we could go multi-user, but it’s an aging Mac that everyone uses because it’s in the family room and access is easy.
After my last complaint about the onscreen mess, Jeffrey invested in SizeUp, a little Mac program which cleans up the windows on the screen.
It splits up the screen into quadrants, and stuff app windows into their proper place. Top. Bottom. Left. Right. And corners. All the open windows get tiled or cornered to a specific location on the screen.
The only real negative with SizeUp is that whole quadrant thing. Quarters and halves don’t do it for me and I’d like more control over exactly where on screen the app windows will snap back to.
The keyboard shortcuts make it easy to put each window into place. And, unfortunately, there are some programs for the Mac that don’t work well, including DVD Player and QuickTime (both of which we use on the family Mac), among others, but the list is not long.
If a messy Mac screen is a problem for you, a program like SizeUp works to make it more organized.