The old green button functionality?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kuwisdelu, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    I know many people are happy that Apple is "finally" making the old green "plus" button initiate full-screen apps. After all, how many threads have we seen over the years complaining about that little button not making an app go full-screen?

    But will anyone else miss the old functionality? Personally, I won't mind so much as long as they keep the shortcut (Cmd + Ctrl + Z) around for the old zoom functionality, since I mostly use keyboard shortcuts for window management, anyway.

    Who else liked and used the old/current zoom function?
  2. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    I like it and use it all the time. Hopefully we'll also be able to option-click on the green button to get that functionality back?!
  3. dissolve macrumors 6502a

    Aug 23, 2009
    I hope so too. While the inconsistencies between apps was frustrating, its current functionality is really useful sometimes. Hopefully some 10.7.x update will include it if removed in the original and there's enough demand.
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I hope this happens, I like the current functionality. I still don't see the point of full screen apps, unless you have a really small screen. I just want to use however much space the app requires, not the entire screen.
  5. bristleworm macrumors 6502


    Jul 22, 2008
    I believe there are some applications, like iPhoto, where full screen is really great! but it always depends on the software.
  6. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    IMO they can remove those 3 tiny buttons altogether. I never ever use them. They are so small and insignificant. I always use short cuts or gestures or stuff like it.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If apple actually used the green button as everyone expected and did in a consistent manner, then we'd probably not have the volume of threads over the years.

    Now that it appears apple is finally getting with the program and using the green button to actually maximize a window, I think its great.
  8. kuwisdelu thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    I don't care that they change what the button does as long as they keep the functionality (Ctrl + Cmd + Z is good enough for me, along with Cmd + W).
  9. AceFernalld macrumors 68000


    Mar 3, 2008
    I'm confused, if the green button now initiates full screen apps, then what does the arrow button at the top right of some windows do?

  10. kuwisdelu thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    My thread was started around the time of the first Lion preview. It looks like Apple's changed their mind about where to put the full screen button. ;)
  11. baryon macrumors 68040


    Oct 3, 2009
    The old green button is totally unpredictable and random. Each time you click it, something weird happens to the window. It either turns tiny and half of it ends up off-screen, or it becomes huge although there is no content inside that would require it to be huge. Then when you click it again, it doesn't always go back to the way it was before, but instead it chooses another random window size.

    If you ask me, I wish apple got rid of that function, and only put that button there for Apps that go into a proper full screen mode.
  12. Patrick946 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2009
    So is Lion using the green button or the arrow to go fullscreen?

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