How To Center a Window On a Mac

There is no simple built-in command to center a window on a Mac. But you can use other techniques. Learn how to combine two window movements to center a window, or use scripted Shortcuts, or a third party app.

Here’s a link to the Shortcut:

Comments: 7 Responses to “How To Center a Window On a Mac”

    Razvan Mihai
    2 years ago

    Gary: Thanks for the great tutorial. Double-clicking at the top of a window is a convenient gesture wasted on the zoom output, a lottery. I know you can change the output of double-clicking to minimize a window.

    Having picked up on one of your tips, I am now using Hide instead of Minimize. How difficult would it be to assign say Option-DoubleClick gesture to Hide or your Center Window script?

    2 years ago

    Razvan: You can't change how things like Option+double click work. There's no customization for that.

    Bryan G Gillenwater
    2 years ago

    I entered the script into Shortcuts shown at the 4:00 minute mark of your video, double-checked it for accuracy. It is giving me an error, saying 'Error: Error: Application can't be found.' Could you advise why? I could send you a screenshot.
    (Incidentally, I used the Automator version of your centering technique a while back (on 2 separate iMacs); it worked for a while, but eventually I was getting so many errors I just gave up on it.)
    I appreciate your helpful content. 🙏🏻

    2 years ago

    Bryan: Perhaps you didn’t grant Shortcuts the permissions it needed when it first asked? Check I System Prefs, Security and Privacy.

    Lucas Quaranta
    2 years ago

    It's not working when trying to centralize the miniplayer from the apple music app. Could you help by tweaking the code or something else?
    Thank you in advance!

    2 years ago

    Lucas: That's because the MiniPlayer is not a normal window.

    2 years ago

    Infinite thanks !!!

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