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Dec 4, 2012, 04:27 AM
I have this issue with Finder on Mountain Lion. The Finder window does not correctly resize to fit the contents when in List [ Edit : I meant icon view (thanks justperry) ] view. I demonstrate it in this video in the link below. You can see that it does not resize horizontally to fit the windows contents.


Dec 4, 2012, 04:32 AM
This is Icon view, not List View, I watched the Video, don't know what you mean.

Dec 4, 2012, 05:44 PM
I've never understood this with OSX. The green button very rarely makes it get bigger.

Like all other windows in OSX, you're going to need to go to the corner and drag it out.

Apr 21, 2013, 07:34 AM
i know what you mean

before in 10.6 the green button was resizing the window to eliminate all unnecessary unused space . now it only resizes it in one direction .

it only resizes the height but not the width .

why did they change that ?

Apr 21, 2013, 08:21 AM
I have an older MacBook with snow leopard on it, and it really bothered me that I couldn't get Safari to go full screen...
I found this...


It works with Safari, but you can also use it for finder and other applications...
You can even decide with what apps and programs to use it with in the settings...

Apr 21, 2013, 08:26 AM
"Maximizing" is so Windows. Thankfully for those who can't adapt to OS X's way of doing things, Apple introduced full screen in Lion.

Apr 22, 2013, 08:57 AM
In my 13 years of using OS X, I've never actually used the green button. It was useless in the public beta and it remains useless today.

That said, I did use Moom (http://manytricks.com/moom/) for a while. It was neat, but I found that I didn't use it enough to justify keeping it installed.

Apr 22, 2013, 09:23 AM
All the green button does it resize the window to best fit the contents. It is not a maximize button like Windows.

Apr 22, 2013, 10:54 AM
If you have $2 to spare Better Snap Tool's pretty good, been using it for awhile:


Krazy Bill
Apr 22, 2013, 01:38 PM
RightZoom (http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/30591/right-zoom) will make your green button do what it's supposed to (at least in my mind). It's free, works with SL, Lion, ML. Been using it for years.

Sep 5, 2013, 06:35 AM
Bumping this to ask the question.

In Lion and Snow Leopard the green button in Finder would work as advertised. In Mavericks and Mountain Lion it no longer functions correctly. When the green button is clicked it should resize the Finder window to fit the window contents. In this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UQAwB76jxM) video there should be no white space on the right side after the "Movies" and "Developer" folders when the green button is pressed. I only have this issue when I use the "icon" view in Finder.

Q. Has anyone else got this bug in Mountain Lion and Mavericks also?