The easiest way to resize all windows on your Mac simultaneously to the same size « Mac Tips :: Gadget Hacks

It can feel pretty chaotic when you have a lot of windows open on your Mac that are all different sizes, but there’s an easy way to organize the mess in just a few seconds.

I regularly have many windows open on my MacBook and external displays. I currently have 11 applications open with 24 windows spread across them. With so many windows, I could separate them into different workspaces, but I like them all in one since I need to be looking at multiple windows from different applications at the same time.

Because of this, I tend to arrange my apps in cascading windows and hide or minimize the ones I don’t use often so I can quickly tell which window is which. Mission Control usually works if I can’t find a window at a glance.

But when all the windows are different sizes, it looks like a huge messy mess, resulting in me having to manually try to resize each window over and over again, interrupting my workflow several times throughout the day. There have been tricks to resize all windows in macOS using Apple Scripts and third-party apps like Magnet, but in macOS 12 Monterey and later, there’s an easier way.

Configure a Windows resizing shortcut

You can quickly create a macro to resize a window on your Mac using the Shortcuts app, and it only takes a few steps. Open Shortcuts, then tap Command-Ngo to File –> New Shortcut in the menu bar or click the plus sign (+) near the search bar to create a new shortcut.

Search for and add “Find Windows” to the workflow as the first action.

Then search for and add “Resize Window” as the second action.

If you did it in this order, Resize Window will use the results of the first action as a variable, but you will have to choose how you want the windows to be resized. By default, Fit to Screen is selected, but you can click it to choose a different sizing method. You can choose between:

  • Fit Screen
  • Upper half
  • Lower half
  • Left half
  • Right half
  • Upper left quarter
  • Upper right quarter
  • Lower left quarter
  • Lower right quarter
  • Dimensions

To me, “Sizes” makes the most sense so that all windows are the same size no matter what display they’re on – without forcing them to a specific location on the screens. If you choose this, add the width and height in pixels that each window should be.

If you don’t want to commit to any size or position, you can leave it open with Ask Every Time. When you launch the shortcut, it will ask you which option you want each time.

And that’s all. Give the shortcut a name, and every time you launch the shortcut from the Shortcuts app or using Siri, it will give you the desired result. You can build on this shortcut if you want different apps to have windows of different sizes, or if you want to move windows around so you can play around.

Get faster access to Windows resizing shortcut

If you want an even easier way to launch the shortcut, open the shortcut backup editor, then click the “Shortcut Details” button, use Option-Command-2 shortcut or go to View –> Show shortcut details in the menu bar. From the shortcut details, you can:

  • Pin to the menu bar: The Shortcuts app icon will appear in your Mac’s menu bar. Click on it, then on the shortcut you want to launch. All menu bar shortcuts will appear in a new “Menu Bar” folder in Shortcuts.
  • Use as a quick action: Among the Finder, Services Menu, and Provide Output, only the Services Menu makes sense for resizing windows, since you can open it from any application’s name in the menu bar.
  • Add a keyboard shortcut: If you don’t want to click, you can assign the shortcut to a keyboard shortcut of your choice.

Another option you have is to add the shortcut to your dock. From the editor, go to File –> Add to Dock from the menu bar. You can also right-click on the shortcut card from your list of shortcuts and select “Add to Dock.”

Run the Windows resizing shortcut

No matter how you launch the shortcut—from the Shortcuts app or through Siri, the Services menu, your dock, or the menu bar—it will find all the windows on the screen and resize them to the size or position you want. However, any hidden or minimized windows will not be resized, so they will be a different size when you open them.

Also, if you’re using multiple monitors, make sure the windows are on the displays you want before triggering the shortcut. They can become different sizes if you drag and drop them between monitors with different resolutions.

If you set the shortcut to ask you what you want to do each time, a mission control window will appear where you can select the action you want. When you select “Dimensions” you will need to enter the width and height in pixels.

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