The apps we use are crucial to our workflow. Whether you need to track a project’s progress or free up disk space on your machine, there’s something for everyone. If you need to get work done, the three apps below will help keep you productive and focused on the task at hand.
Magnet is an app I can’t believe isn’t a core part of macOS. If you’re constantly resizing windows on your display, Magnet makes the process infinitely easier. And it’s fully customizable, so you can tailor it to your experience.
To use Magnet, you can either use a keyboard shortcut or drag a window to a certain section of your display to instantly snap and resize it to a predetermined area. You can snap windows to the top, left, right, bottom, and you can also snap in quarters, halves, and thirds.
Think of Magnet like the iPad’s SplitView feature, but much more robust. When you’re working on a laptop, screen real estate is at a premium. I especially love using Magnet when I have a lot of applications open at once; it makes me feel like I’m in complete control at all times.
Bartender allows users to control what’s displayed in the menu bar, bringing some much-needed organization to macOS. There’s something so calming about having a clean menu bar, and having fewer visual distractions means I can focus on the task at hand.
Bartender has been legendary in the Mac community for years, and it continues to be optimized with every new macOS release. For example, the Bartender Bar now displays in the menu bar, rather than popping out a menu. It’s much cleaner than older versions and makes it look like a core part of Apple’s software.
You can easily hide menu bar apps, organize them, and move them to Bartender Items. It’s pretty straightforward in its capabilities, but hugely useful when your menu bar becomes overcrowded. I’m all about minimalism on my desktop, which is why Bartender has become such a crucial part of my everyday workflow.
Speaking of keeping things clean, the whole point of Unclutter is to keep your desktop free of clutter. Nobody likes their desktop to look like an episode of Hoarders, with folders, files, and images everywhere. I’ve been using Unclutter for months now and can’t help but feel lost without it.
Unclutter works by offering three panels: Clipboard, Files, and Notes. The Clipboard panel shows a history of everything you’ve copied, from URLs to images; Files provides a handy place to store folders and files; Notes is great for jotting down a few quick thoughts.
What’s cool about Unclutter is it disappears when you don’t need it. When you do want to call on Unclutter, just move your mouse to the very top of the screen and the panels will appear. The app has a few handy customization options, too, giving you greater control over how the app behaves. Once you use it, you won’t be able to live without it.