macOS Catalina : move windows with keyboard shortcuts

For the first time since OS X Lion, Apple changed the functioning of the green button in the Finder windows. You can still click on it to activate the full screen mode, but you can now move the point to reveal two options related to ” Split View “, Place the window to the left of the screen and Place the window to the right of the screen.



In other words, the green button now contains all the possibilities to maximize a window :



  • click : enable the full-screen mode ;

  • click now key : maximize the window ;

  • overview : moves the window to the left/to the right of the screen.


These functions require, however, to use the point. You want to manipulate windows from the keyboard ? Before you download a window manager, go to the section the Keyboard in System Preferences. In the tab Shortcut, click on the section, application Shortcuts, and then click on the button + to create a new shortcut.



Choose Application > All applications, and then select “Place the window to the left of the screen” in the field Title of the menu, and finally choose your keyboard shortcut. Click OK, and then repeat the same operation for the placement to the right. You can now control the placement of a window in “Split View” with the keyboard.


All this is well and good, but you still need to use the mouse to choose the application that will share the ” Split View “. As often, a function hides another. Press and hold while opening the menu Window, and the option to Place the window to the left of the display becomes the option to Move the window to the left of the screen.


A syllable that makes all the difference : we no longer speak of ” Split View “, but simply sharing in two of the screen, and the window comes up to occupy the left half. Since the option appears in a menu, you can associate it to a shortcut, again under the heading Keyboard System Preferences. One could imagine using the shortcuts :



  • ⌘⌥◀︎ to move the window to the left of the screen ;

  • ⌘⌥▶︎ to move the window to the right of the screen ;

  • ⌃⌘⌥◀︎ to place the window to the left of the screen ;

  • ⌃⌘⌥▶︎ to place the window to the right of the screen.



In this context, avoid the key , the full screen being one of the few features that has retained its ” demo mode “. If you regularly work with two windows, these shortcuts will replace a manager dedicated windows. A third-party application may still be useful for more complex manipulations.



  • Find hundreds of tips in The guide macOS Catalina


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