Best features of macOS in Windows

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


  • 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.

     

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  • 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).

     

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  • Switcher

    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.

     

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  • Screenpresso

    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.

     

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  • Wox

    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.

     

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  • AutoHotkey

    Free Windows Website

    AutoHotkey is a free, open-source scripting language for Windows that allows users to easily create small to complex scripts for all kinds of tasks such as: form fillers, auto-clicking, macros, etc.

     

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  • Clover

    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.

     

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  • RocketDock

    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.

     

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  • Seer

    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 quite recommended too such as Small QuickLook iconQuickLook, Give it a try!

     

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