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Old Mar 15th, 2008, 10:54 PM   #1
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Why when I maximize the size of windows to some fill the screen and others not? Safari doesn't fill my 24" screen yet Apple Mail will. Word doesn't but iCal does. Any reason for this?
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 02:22 AM   #2
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Old Mar 16th, 2008, 08:26 PM   #3
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Did you use the resizer at the bottom right of the window? If you did, try dragging to the right. Safari fills the whole screen on an iMac G5.
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This is an area that's quite confusing to PC switchers, because the "Maximize" button (green button on an open window) doesn't behave as it would on a PC.

"Maximising" for Mac apps is accomplished by dragging the lower right corner of most apps. The green button then "remembers" that position and will snap back to it if you resize and then press the green button. If there is no previous size in memory, it will try to open up to the width (but not necessarily depth) of the monitor.

An exception to this is iTunes, which uses the green button to switch between the mini-player and the full-size (whatever you've set that to) window.

Confusing, isn't it?
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #5
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As far as Safari is concerned, the following javascript bookmarklet will instantly maximise the current window.
  • Copy the code to the location slot, thus:
    Picture 1.png
  • Press Enter, and the window pops to full size.
  • Drag the globe flavicon to the Bookmark Bar, and give it a compact "name" - I use a dot - •
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 11:28 AM   #6
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With a lot of apps (but not always in Safari) if you hold down the command key and then click the green + in the toolbar you will maximize. Caveat: Safari only "maximizes" to the full width of whatever web page you're on currently when doing this. Most apps will fully maximize with this approach though.
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Old Mar 17th, 2008, 10:56 PM   #7
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Yeah, confusing is a word... "Useless button" are two that more often come to mind when I think of the green button in the upper left.

Kudos for the javascript, rgray. I have had that as a bookmark button for quite some time now and it is super useful.

This is one of those things that I have just never understood about the Mac OS. :/
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Old Nov 6th, 2008, 12:24 AM   #8
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Since the last post here, does anyone know if any new tools/apps exist to allow for a maximize that is similar to the way Windows works?
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