Screen Real Estate Management on Mac: Helpful Tips and Tricks

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This is the age of productivity and multitasking. Wouldn’t you agree? With so much competition across industries, it is impossible to be ahead of the rat race if you are unable to multitask. And this is where your Mac is your trusty sidekick.

Mac computers are the Robin to your Batman. These machines are user-friendly, intuitive and come packed with features to help streamline workflows. One of the most amazing features of this computer is its effective screen management. Whether you are conducting research, working on a project, or organizing your digital life, using the screen real estate to its full potential will boost your productivity and efficiency.

Do you need helpful tips and tricks on managing Mac’s screen real estate? You have come to the right place. Keep scrolling.

Utilize the Full Screen Feature

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If you are working on an app or watching a video, you can make them go full screen. This ensures a distraction-free environment where you can focus on the task at hand. You can forget about all the other things going on on the screen and push them in the background. By going full screen, your only focus will be on the app or window.

You can go full screen by using the green button found in the top-left corner of the active application window. You can click the green button or press Control + Command + F on your keyboard to full screen.

If you wish to exit the full screen, simply click the green button again. Or you can use the keyboard shortcut.

Click to know when full screen is useful and how you can switch apps in full screen mode. This blog also gives information about third-party apps you can use to take control of your Mac’s display.

Use Mission Control to Manage Multiple Windows

Sometimes, one window is not enough. Juggling between different apps and windows might be the order of the day. In that case, Mac offers Mission Control. This is a powerful built-in feature allowing the seamless management of multiple open apps, windows, and virtual desktops.

To maintain control over your screen, press Control + Up Arrow or F3 to launch Mission Control. Once it’s launched, you will see all the active windows and applications, along with virtual desktops. They will be neatly arranged in an organized layout. You can create a new virtual desktop by clicking the plus button on the top-right corner of the Mission Control screen. With this, you can group related projects or tasks. More on this below.

Create Virtual Desktops

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As mentioned, Mission Control is not only for managing multiple windows. You can also create virtual desktops to organize your workspace. With virtual desktops, you can create separate environments for different projects or tasks.

Open Mission Control and click the plus button to create a virtual desktop. You can switch between the different virtual desktops by using the Control + Right or Left Arrow keys.

To organize related projects or tasks, you can drag and drop apps and windows between different virtual desktops. This will prevent screen clutter.

If you want to delete a desktop, open the virtual desktop and click the X button.

Split the Screen for Enhanced Productivity

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If you need to work on two apps simultaneously, leverage macOS’ Split View feature. Split View allows you to work on both apps in full screen. Thanks to this useful feature, you don’t have to go through the hassle of switching between apps. Both apps will be kept side by side for your convenience.

You can use this feature by opening the first application and clicking the green button. Then, choose whether Tile Window to Left of Screen or Right of Screen. Open the second application, and the screen will be divided in two.

The divider between the two applications can be adjusted. Simply click the divider and drag it.

Split View is one of the best features to use if you need to multitask and need two apps open at the same time.

In addition to these, you can use the Sidecar feature. But this feature only works if you have an iPad. With the Sidecar feature, you can use your iPad as a second screen for your Mac computer. This will give you more screen real estate for your tasks.

The Bottom Line

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Have you been struggling with screen real estate management? This guide is the answer to your troubles. Follow the tips and tricks mentioned above to enhance your computing experience and use your Mac’s screen to its full potential.

Do you have any recommendations for your fellow Mac users? Leave a comment without any hesitation. You can also share your experience of how managing screen real estate has improved your productivity.