Is there a way to make windows full screen?

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  1. AppleNewYork macrumors member

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  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Just drag the window (using the thing on the bottom right hand corner) out to full screen.
     

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  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Just about every program maximizes to full screen on a Mac when you press the green button except for Safari and iTunes. There's reasons for that. You can use Firefox if you absolutely have to have this functionality. Apple's method is done that way out of a system of logic whereas in Windows it's not.
     
  4. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    That's just personal preference. If you want full screen then do full screen.
     
  5. newcronos macrumors regular

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    what are these reasons and can you elaborate more about the 'system of logic'? and wouldn't it be inaccurate to say 'in Windows' as it contradicts your first sentence mentioning that this 'system of logic' only applies to Safari and iTunes even in Macs?
     
  6. Frosties macrumors 6502a

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    It's not logic that comes into play. It's different GUI. In Windows you have the taskbar that you can drag and drop and change windows with. Drag some text from word with the mouse, go down to the taskbar to another open application, that one flips up and you can drop you selection there. You also have keyboard shortcuts to work with.

    I say this again and again. Often users who complain about full screen windows on Windows don't know how to do a work-flow on that system.
     
  7. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Sorry, in regards to Safari and iTunes I was referring to the Mac. Yes, Apple's Mac OS system is based off a system of logic. The Mac OS is document based and Windows is application based. In Mac OS, using Safari, if the content on the web page fills up the entire screen real estate, Safari will maximize to full screen to cover as much content as possible without producing the horizontal scroll bar.
    If the content on the web is minimal say like in Yahoo.com which never takes advantage of the entire screen real estate then Safari will maximize only enough to cover what's on the screen. It makes no sense to fully maximize the screen if the content leaves wasted space on the left and right sides of the page. Some web pages just show the content on the left side, leaving the right side with wasted space. That's why Apple builds Safari that that way.

    In Windows, everything maximizes when pressing the expand button even if the content won't fill up the screen. It's not logical that way, but because it's application based the Windows OS is designed to truly run one application at a time which is why everything will maximize to cover the whole desktop.
    Personally I don't maximize my web browsing to full screen, even when I'm using Windows. I feel claustrophobic when I have no access to the desktop.

    iCal, iMovie, Garageband and everything else that comes on a Mac will maximize because the content involved will will up the screen.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    It is just a difference in philosophy between Windows and OS X that has been discussed, debated, rehashed, bashed, defended and otherwise beat to death on the board, along with copy/paste/delete in the Finder, restore from the Trash and delete certain items in the Trash, et. al.

    if you want to look around, you can use
    MRoogle and you will find multiple (recent) threads on this issue, and they will all contain the same responses, arguments and shots at the other OS.

    Edit: What HLdan said ^^^

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     
  9. newcronos macrumors regular

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    I agree with you 100%. As soon as new Mac users get used to using keyboard shortcuts and hot corners for Spaces and Expose, not to mention multi-touch trackpad tricks, they would forget why they need full screen in the first place.

    Edit: just read the above response after I posted, thanks HLdan for the explanation :)

    More edits: just to mention that I am a new Mac user myself and ever since they invented wide screen monitors a couple of years back I don't use 'maximize to full screen' button on Windows anymore because it doesn't make much sense. I'd rather use my extra space for widgets (I can never remember which one calls it widget and which one calls it gadget. lol) or chat windows as such.
     
  10. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    I struggled with this as a switcher, and encourage you to NOT take my advice, and rather learn why OS X does it the way it does and try to adapt to it. You'll find that once you stop believing that every window has to be full screen, you can get more done at once by having multiple windows being only as big as they need to be.

    If this doesn't work for you, do this:
    http://www.switchingtomac.com/tutorials/make-the-os-x-maximize-button-work-like-windows/
     
  11. AppleNewYork thread starter macrumors member

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    does this work for every window?
     

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