'Drag to edge' window resizing not working

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ofawx, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. ofawx macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2013
    Hi all,

    Apologies if this has been answered before, searching the forum for 'resizing' and 'windows' gave fairly predictable results!

    I was an avid user of the automatic window resizing when dragging a title bar to the screen's edge, until one day it just stopped working. This is in ML 10.8. I upgraded to 10.9 when the GM was released although this didn't change the behaviour; the window is still just dragged off-screen, with no resizing.

    Any help greatly appreciated!
  2. dan1eln1el5en macrumors 6502


    Jan 3, 2012
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    huh ?

    That feature isn't a OS X feature (it's a windows 7 thingie) did you use a plugin to archive this ? perhaps it's not running.
  3. ofawx thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 26, 2013
    Definitely is an OS X feature, introduced in Lion apparently. Source

    Thanks anyway!
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    1. Click on the desktop.

    2. Navigate to the Finder menu item 'Go' while holding down the option key (in 10.7 +) and select 'Library'. That will take you to your Home folder's usual hidden folder.

    3. In 'Library' open the folder 'Preferences'. In 'the folder 'Preferences' select the file 'com.apple.finder.plist' and move it to the Trash Can in your Dock.

    4. Log out and then log back in.

    This should help.

    Edit: By the way sometimes third party applications or 'upgrades' can leave behind old files that play havoc with new versions of OS X.
  5. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    That has never been a feature of OS X. It's a Windows feature that you may have obtained on your Mac through some kind of third-party add on. Here are two that do that:

    Window Magnet
    Window Tidy
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    With Respect, the missing action you describing is not talked about in the 'source' you linked.

    Can you describe how you invoked the action you think is missing? A few of us can try it to see if our ML systems work as you describe. It is always possible that Apple slipped in a new feature that was missed by the masses. But I suspect this way of window resizing is not standard OS X behaviour. But... I'm willing to try it if you describe it. I have very plain vanilla OS X installation, that is very very stable so I'm a good test-bed.
  7. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    What you linked to describes being able to grab the edges of the window and dragging them to resize.

    What you're thinking about is dragging the window to the corner of the screen and having it resize the window in certain ways.

    That has never been a feature of OS X, but there are third party apps such as "Cinch" that provide this functionality. I'm assuming you had that or a similar app installed at some point.
  8. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    As already mentioned, the feature introduced in Lion was the ability to resize a window from any edge (previously it was only done from the corner) and the optional modifier keys that could be used.

    The behavior you describe--the Windows-style automatic window sizing--is only available through third party utilities. I believe BetterTouchTool is one that has worked for me in the past.
  9. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
  10. amau2000 macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2014
    It's not a Windows thingy

    Since OS X Mountain Lion
    Move or resize a window

    Drag the window’s title bar at the top.
    Drag the bottom-right corner of a window.
    Click the green zoom button (+) in the top-left corner of the window to switch between a larger and smaller window size.

    Some special windows can’t be moved or resized, and may require that you perform an action or answer a question before you can continue with a task.

    Move, resize, and minimize windows

    Move a window: Click the window’s title bar, then drag it where you want it.

    Manually resize a window: Drag the window’s edges (top, bottom, and sides).

    Expand a window: Double-click an app’s title bar to expand the app window to fill the space between the Dock and the menu bar. If the Dock is on the side of your screen, the window expands to fill the space below the menu bar and to the side of the Dock. You can also Option-click the green full-screen button in the top-left corner of an app window.

    To return to standard view, double-click the title bar, or Option-click the green full-screen button again.

    HENCE, THIS IS A BUG IF IT DOES NOT WORK!!!! Provisers of programs like CINCH are just money suckers.
  11. rapidlaser macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2015
    I do find it amusing when all the forum "experts" giving it the large one, "this is not a mac feature it's a windows feature"
    Funny how you don't hear a peep once they realise they are wrong. lmfao.

  12. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    I for one was keeping my mouth shut because the previous reply had nothing at all to do with what the original poster wanted. El Capitan introduces some of this functionality into Full Screen mode but it's not as flexible as the Windows 7+ way of doing things.
  13. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    To be fair, look at the date of the post. When the post was made, the feature may well not have existed in the then-prevalent version of Mac OS X. It may only have been added later.

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