How do i maximize a window?

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  1. quackers82 macrumors 6502

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    Yosemite its driving me mad from the first second i have installed it. I use to press the green button to maximize a window, now it seems to make it full screen :mad::mad::mad:

    Whats going on?!
     
  2. dandl macrumors newbie

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    press the OPTION key on the keyboard before pressing the green button.
     
  3. n-evo macrumors 65816

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    First of all, breath in and out. Relax.

    Now you've done that you can Zoom a window by pressing and holding option. The full-screen symbol of the green stoplight button will change to a plus, then click it. Alternatively, double-click any empty space of the app's toolbar.
     
  4. deviant macrumors 65816

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    or double click on the title bar. the upper panel i mean..
     
  5. mejsric macrumors 6502a

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    same here.... and... i just double click the top bar.
     
  6. chabig macrumors 601

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    The green button does go full screen. To obtain the pre-Yosemite behavior hold option while you click the green button.
     
  7. dandl macrumors newbie

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    didn't know that, thank you!
     
  8. quackers82 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ahhh, ok thanks, strange thing to do, but it works.

    Next, where has my dashboard gone?
     
  9. n-evo macrumors 65816

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    Dashboard is disabled by default. You can enable it again in System Preferences > Mission Control.
     
  10. deviant macrumors 65816

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    how about you take an hour to explore system preferences and then come back after you haven't found it
     
  11. atlchamp macrumors 68000

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    clicking option does NOT always maximize the screen...only selective apps
     
  12. n-evo macrumors 65816

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    Pressing option will result in Zoom with every app I tried so far. What app won't Zoom according to you?
     
  13. atlchamp macrumors 68000

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    I want a maximize button, how hard is that
     
  14. deviant macrumors 65816

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    there is an app for that. its called windows.
     
  15. azpc macrumors regular

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    Comments from around the web

    From tekrevue.com

    In Windows, the “maximize” button has always made the active window as large as possible to fill the screen. It’s not “full screen” in the strictest sense, but it’s a close equivalent. In helping many users transition from Windows to OS X over the years, we’ve found that it’s also one of the areas that new Mac users find most confusing, as they expect the zoom button to function similarly to the maximize button.

    From reddit.com

    I have a feeling I'm not going to like this. I almost never use full screen. I prefer to simply maximize my windows so I can still see the menu bar. I already use spaces, so I have no need to have extra spaces for full screen apps. I'm hoping there will be a (hidden?) option to turn this off.
     

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  16. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Unfortunately, OS X doesn’t do that natively. The green button either enables Fullscreen Mode or zooms the window (option key + green button / double-click on toolbar).

    However, there are some third-party apps in the App Store that can make it easier for you to maximise windows. My personal favourite is Window Magnet. With that app you just have to drag the window to the top. It hasn’t been updated for Yosemite yet, but it still works anyway (an update is in the works as well).
     
  17. atlchamp macrumors 68000

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    this is great thanks so much!
     
  18. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I use BetterSnapTool for this exact functionality. It also mimics Windows snap to left and right very well, which is handy.
     
  19. roland.g macrumors 603

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    BetterSnapTool is quite handy.
     

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