how do i maximize windows??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by kappax12, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. kappax12 macrumors member

    Dec 8, 2010
    so i'm new to mac, still learning, how do i maximize the windows whenever i open a program or safari. beside grabbing the corner.
  2. Boston007 macrumors 6502


    Apr 9, 2010
    Click the green circle in the top left of the window.

    Welcome to the :apple: :)
  3. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    Apple only will expand the window till you no longer need the horizontal scroll bar. At that point it displays as much width as the page needs, nothing more. You'll need to grab the corner to expand.

    It was weird for me too, but actually makes sense.
  4. Mechinyun macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2010
    You cant really. However it will be a feature coming out in the next OSX version "lion". Apple made a point of this "new" feature when introducing it. :rolleyes:
  5. ZilogZ80 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2010
    Rightzoom is a free 'tweak' that changes the behaviour of the green button so it acts like the maximize button in Windows.
  6. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Apple doesn't really like full-screen (Maximized) windows, because, they want you to always have access to the desktop to do other things quickly. That does appear to be changing, but it is on an application to application thing.

    The green button is your best bet, or get it to a size you like and your application should remember it and leave it that size.

  7. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020


    Jun 20, 2007
    As I understood it, Apple made it a point that many new apps should be going full-screen, iOS style. iPhoto '11 has done it, and the additional real estate is appreciated.
  8. radu.grozescu macrumors newbie

    Sep 2, 2009
    A commercial software, but even better than the Windows maximize because you can arrange program windows horizontally or vertically very quickly when you need to compare two files. Of course you can maximize them too :)

    I am really happy with it.
  9. siorai macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2007
    I thought it had more to do with the fact that with the proliferation of widescreen monitors, maximizing say, Firefox would just result in a ton of dead space since the window would be far too wide for the content.
  10. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    Actually, Apple hasn't had full-screen apps since System 7, and the integration of Multi-Finder. I remember reading something about it in the "Mac Bible" from around the time OS 8 came out, stating what I did. It also helps to facilitate the "Drag & Drop" function between applications that Apple is fond of.

  11. Arcadie macrumors regular

    Dec 6, 2008
    just use firefox or chrome browser. forefox 4 beta was just released and im starting to use it over chrome.. when you maximize the windows with firefox it fills the entire screen
  12. C64 macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2008
    First, I don't get why people need fullscreen browsing. Most sites aren't more than 1000-1200 pixels wide. So what's the point of having huge empty space on the sides?

    Second, I can't stand how Firefox tries to imitate OS X buttons and dropdown boxes but fails miserably. It looks horrible. The same goes for the font smoothing, or whatever it is that makes the fonts in Firefox looks different from those in Safari.

    But everyone has their preferences I guess :)
  13. blow45 macrumors 68000

    Jan 18, 2011
    get this if you are really into the who max window thing, otherwise you ll have to do it manually by dragging the bottom left corner. That said some apps, most of them do use the green button as a max button, and some apps do have full screen modes.
  14. alexlam macrumors newbie

    Mar 9, 2008
    i actually fell in love with window snapping from windows 7 and missed it so much when i used my mac. But than i found better touch tool and my life is complete again.
  15. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Feb 2, 2009
    It's an 11 inch screen. "Huge empty space" isn't possible.
  16. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    Well, actually it is as it's relative to the resolution not the actual size of the monitor.

    For example, if iPhone was 1920x1080 and you loaded a website, the actual data in the site would take up maybe 35% of the screen, regardless if the screen in 4 inches or 27.
  17. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    ingenious and something apple should copy along with double click vertical snap and window D
  18. Bierkameel macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2011
    Man nobody gave this tip and I'm just a Apple user for a few weeks, when you press the green + also press the CMD button and most applications will go fullscreen.
    I was also annoyed in the beginning but this helped me out a lot.
  19. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    Full Screen + Zoom = Win
  20. grapemac macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2008
    Hm, not quite.

    Lion will be bringing fullscreen APPS, not fullscreen WINDOWS. A small difference but one to be noted nonetheless.

    A fullscreen window wastes screen space with menu bars and such. A fullscreen app takes over the whole screen. The best example of this is to maximise iPhoto '11; a fullscreen window. Then click 'full screen'; a fullscreen app.

    It wasn't until I started using OS X that I realised how wasteful fullscreen windows are.

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