Best features of macOS in Windows

As a Windows user, sometimes I miss some basic native macOS features. Here are some alternatives to improve your OS with those features that makes you jealous!

  • FastPictureViewer Codec Pack icon

    FastPictureViewer Codec Pack

    Commercial Windows Website

    One of the things that I still don't like at all about Windows is definitely the poor and small amount of supported thumbnail formats, compared to macOS. It's not a secret to anyone that macOS has an incredible advantage when it comes to a friendly environment for designers. And as one, FastPictureViewer Codec Pack is an essential tool in my work, and I don't know how I could live without it before. It extend the compatibility of the thumbnails to other new formats such as PSD, Ai, PDF and many more.

    Just to keep in mind, this is an extra feature of Small FastPictureViewer iconFastPictureViewer, which is full image viewer for Windows, but I personally only use this codec.


  • Image Resizer for Windows icon

    Image Resizer for Windows

    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    Image Resizer for Windows is a utility that lets you resize one or more selected image files directly from Windows Explorer by right-clicking.

    It was created as clone of Microsoft's Image Resizer Powertoy for Windows XP, a PowerToy that allows you to right-click on one or more image files in Windows Explorer to resize them, to extend support to non-XP and 64-bit versions of Windows (including 2000, Vista & 7).


  • Switcher icon


    Free Windows Website

    One of my favorite features in Mac OS is Expose, a built-in app that makes it easy to navigate through open windows and programs. In Windows Vista, the built-in Aero application switcher tries to approximate this function but doesnt do a good job.

    Switcher, on the other hand, is an almost perfect duplication of Exposes features and is customizable to your preferences. Best of all, its free.


  • Screenpresso icon


    Freemium Windows Website

    For screenshots, windows has the Small Snipping Tool iconSnipping Tool by default, and although many people are fine with this, for me it doesn't compare with the macOS feature, not even with the windows 10 improvements. There are many popular options of screenshots apps for windows like Small LightShot iconLightShot or Small Greenshot iconGreenshot, but my chosen one is undoubtedly Small Screenpresso iconScreenpresso. Apart from the captures, it allows you to record videos, upload directly to Imgur (or other cloud services), panoramic captures, dropper, and much more. Just give it a try and the macOS screenshots feature will look like a children's game.


  • Wox icon


    Free Windows Website

    If you miss Small Spotlight iconSpotlight in Windows, you have several options to replace it. Yes, Small Cortana iconCortana can help you but it definitely doesn't compare to Small Alfred iconAlfred (only for macOS) or Small Keypirinha iconKeypirinha. For UI and speed, I personally stay with Small Wox iconWox, and I recommend you do it too.


  • AutoHotkey icon


    Free Windows Website

    AutoHotkey (AHK) is a free, open-source macro-creation and automation software for Windows that allows users to automate repetitive tasks. It is driven by a scripting language that was initially aimed at providing keyboard shortcuts, otherwise known as hotkeys, that over time evolved into a full-fledged scripting language.

    You can use AutoHotkey to:

    • Automate almost anything by sending keystrokes or mouse clicks, or via COM.
    • You can write a mouse or keyboard macro by hand or a recorder.
    • Create hotkeys for keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
    • Remap keys and buttons on your keyboard, joystick, and mouse.
    • Expand abbreviations as you type them.
    • Retrieve and change the Clipboard's contents.

    You can also:

    • Convert any AHK script into an executable file that can be run on computers where AutoHotkey is not installed.
    • Create custom data-entry forms, user interfaces and menu bars.
    • Automate data entry jobs by reading data from text files, XML, CSV, Excel and various database formats.
    • Read signals from hand-held remote controls via the WinLIRC client script.
    • Use the Component Object Model (COM).
    • Use arrays, structures, matrices, and objects.
    • Use variadic functions.
    • Use DLL calls and Windows Messages.
    • Use Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE).
    • Use interactive debugging features.


  • Clover icon


    Free Windows Windows Explorer Website

    And here's the thing I like least about Windows: Where the hell are the tabs for the Small File Explorer iconFile Explorer ? 2017 and still nothing. Small Clover iconClover adds this essencial feature, changing the way you interact with your pc, for real. At the moment, I would say it's the best option we have, with its developer updating it from time to time.


  • RocketDock icon


    Free Windows Website

    RocketDock is a Mac OS X dock clone. It provides a nice clean interface to drop shortcuts on for easy access and organization. With each item completely customizable there is no end to what you can add and launch from the dock. Now with added Taskbar support your minimized windows can appear as icons on the dock. This allows for better productivity and accessibility.


  • Seer icon


    Freemium Windows Website

    Seer is just magnificent. To be honest it's probably my favorite application from the list. It gives you the opportunity to have of "QuickLook" from macOS on Windows. Visualize your files with the space bar without even opening it, and best of all: It supports lots of unsupported formats in windows preview thumbnails by default, like .PSD, .Ai, .GIF and so on (Visualize photos and files, folders, play videos and open word, excel and powerpoint documents, etc). Its clean interface and speed will make it impossible to leave it! There's other alternatives such as Small QuickLook iconQuickLook, but dude, have you seen the Seer's UI? Give it a try!