If there’s a complaint I have about OS X on the Mac it has to do with screen clutter. The Mac is so solid, dependable, and stable that i’s easy to open up a dozen apps and leave them running throughout the day.
That’s the good news. The bad news is that with all those apps open, all their windows are open, too, and that leads to mind boggling screen clutter. If only Apple would give the Mac an app to put windows in place and make them stay there. Until Apple figures out how to do it, Mac users can choose Stay, the little apps that makes windows stay put.
Stay works magic right from the Menubar. First, go to each app and arrange their windows in a way that makes you comfortable. Then, click the Stay icon in the Menubar, and select Store Windows for All Applications.
That’s pretty much the ball game. Stay remembers where the windows belong on the screen for each Mac. If the windows get cluttered up again as you bounce from app to app through the day, click on Stay and select Restore Windows.
Stay does more than that, but that’s the basic function you’ll use time and again.
Among the other features you’ll like is Stay’s awareness of multiple window configurations. Setup Stay to work on your MacBook’s screen, but have options for when you connect the Mac to a larger screen.
Stay is also smart enough to know when you’ve added another screen and can be set to automatically adjust app windows accordingly.
There is nothing not to like about Stay. Apple should have this kind of functionality already in OS X. One issue you may run into has to do with Spaces on OS X Mountain Lion vs. Spaces on previous OS X versions (Snow Leopard and Lion). Apple continues to muck around with Spaces so Stay may have trouble in some configurations.
For the vast majority of Mac users, though, Stay simply makes app windows stay where you want them to stay.