Three questions from a Windows refugee

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Benbikeman, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Benbikeman macrumors 6502a

    Benbikeman

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    #1
    I recently switched back to Mac after many years on Windows. I started with Snow Leopard, and am now running Lion.

    I'm 99.99% sorted with the switch and the OSX way of doing things, but there are three things I miss from Windows and can't see how to do them in OSX.

    First, if I'm browsing folders in thumbnail mode, I used to hit the backspace key to go back a level. In OSX, I have to click the back button.

    Second, I quite often want a window to be full height but its existing width. In Windows, I'd just double-click the top of the window and it would maximise the height while leaving the width unchanged. In OSX, I have to drag first the top then the bottom of the window (or first position at the top, then drag the bottom).

    Third, in Windows, if a window is out of focus, I could click on it to simultaneously bring it into focus and carry out an action. For example, if a browser is out of focus, click on a link. In OSX, clicking a link just brings the browser into focus, I have to click a second time to activate the link.

    Is there any way to do these things in Lion?
     
  2. paulsalter macrumors 68000

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    #2
    not sure on others, but CMD+Page up goes back a level if you want to use the keyboard
     
  3. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great, thanks. One down, two to go. :)

    (I don't have PageUp on my MBP keyboard, but CMD-up-arrow turns out to work too.)
     
  4. Hansr macrumors 6502a

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    1) CMD+Up Key
    2) http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/cinch/
    3) You're not going to be able to change that, this is a fundamental difference in how the system handles interactions and has a lot to expose etc. I think there is a way to overwrite it on a per application basis but it must be built from source that way.
     
  5. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. AdrianK macrumors 68020

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    You can do a three-finger swipe to the left to go back in Finder and Safari, it needs to be enables in System Preferences > Trackpad > More Gestures > Swipe Between Pages > Three Fingers.
     
  7. Benbikeman thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have that enabled, and it works in Safari but not Finder. No matter, anyway, as I much prefer keyboard shortcuts for that type of stuff (love the gestures for Launchpad and Mission Control, though!).
     

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