Cannot resize finder window

Discussion in 'macOS' started by greenwrangler, Mar 17, 2007.

  1. greenwrangler macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I was playing with the maximize button on a Finder window a few days ago and toggling it would yield a different size every time (guess I was amused by that). So it go into a state where the resize corner is out of reach always now. Clicking on the maximize button does not change the size at all and just remains there. I want to be able to resize Finder again. How do I do it? For reference, attached is the screenshot of my desktop with Finder window, so you can see what I mean. I am unable to find a way to get it to a stage where the full window can be shown and I can resize it.

    Thanks.
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  2. eb6 macrumors regular

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    relaunch the finder. Go to the apple in the top let of the screen > force quit > highlight finder and relaunch it. Should work.
     
  3. greenwrangler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hmmm.. Did not help. Still comes up with that long window. I have rebooted also but that also did not make a difference. There should be some other way to resize windows rather than just one corner? :(
     
  4. obesecat55 macrumors newbie

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    In the Finder, go to the 'Window' menu and select 'Zoom'.

    Does this work?
     
  5. MrSmith macrumors 68040

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    If you select Desktop on the left pane and press the green button doesn't that close up? Or am I, as usual, missing something? Out of interest, why does your home folder remind me of Guernica? :eek:
     
  6. greenwrangler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does not help either. The window remains the same size and does not move at all or resize...
     
  7. greenwrangler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No it does not. The green button is not zooming/maximizing/resizing/whatever its supposed to do at all for the Finder window. I believe there should be some other ways to be able to move/resize a window freely ala Gnome/KDE desktops.

    Guernica the painting or the town? I know its cluttered and I need to sit down and straighten it out one day but that can wait.

    Any other ideas anyone about the problem?
     
  8. fistful macrumors 6502a

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    You could try trashing the Finder preference file. Home/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist
     
  9. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i don't know if this will work, but try changing from column view to icon view. then try the green button again.
     
  10. greenwrangler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I thought somehow this would work. But surprisingly after renaming the .plist file, it still came up with the same dimensions as before with the same problem. The only difference was that the toolbar seems to have gone back to the default set.

    No dice with this one either.

    Strange stuff indeed. Maybe Apple should consider more size corners on their windows as well as possibility of right-click anywhere on the window frame and a pop-menu can have move/resize options. Thats how Gnome/KDE do it and can be lifesavers in situations like these.
     
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    that's so odd. if you happen to have an external monitor, you could hook that up, drag the window to the other display and resize accordingly from the proper corner.
     
  12. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    What about hitting the button on the top right?
     
  13. VoidBoi macrumors regular

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    You could try deleting the invisible .DS_Store file from your home folder.

    Fire up terminal and run "rm ~/.DS_Store".
     
  14. greenwrangler thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That worked! Thanks a ton VoidBoi :D

    Had to relaunch Finder immediately after deleting the .DS_Store file otherwise the change did not take hold.
     
  15. neutralSurface macrumors newbie

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    I know this thread is pretty old, but for the benefit of others…

    Go to System Preferences > Display. From there change the resolution of your screen, then change it back. This should take care of it.
     
  16. garyf789 macrumors newbie

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    Thanks neutralSurface. This just worked for me. The finder window would "snap back" to a specific size even after trying all of the previous suggestions. But changing the screen resolution and then back again worked like a charm. Thanks!
     

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