Why are all my window sizes different?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by Noble Actual, Sep 9, 2015.

  1. Noble Actual macrumors 6502a

    Sep 10, 2014
    Honestly, I really like my MBA and while Yosemite isn't that great in terms of battery life compared to Mavericks, it isn't that bad. The UI looks nice. That being said, one thing has been annoying me for quite some time.

    Open any app. Example: Safari.

    Open any other app. Example: Calendar

    Have a lot of apps opened: Chrome, iTunes, Excel, Spotify, etc.

    Why is it that OS X acts retarded are never fully makes all the windows the exact same size? Each one has a is slightly cut off at the bottom (there's a tiny gap between the dock and the window. The thing is, its often different for each app so even if they are small, each one makes it look super weird.

    Its a hassle to go to each app and resize it so it fits perfectly (no space). When I click the green button, it just opens the app to full screen mode which isn't what I want.

    How do I get OS X to just make all the window sizes the same?
  2. dsemf macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2014
    The application window size is controlled by the application, not the operating system. The green button sends a full screen command to the application. If the green button is clicked while the Option key is pressed the OS will send a zoom command to the application. What happens after that depends on the application logic.

  3. Jennism macrumors member


    Aug 14, 2015
    Ever heard of BetterTouchTool? The main purpose of the app is to set gestures for your magic mouse, trackpad etc. But a really cool feature they include is window snapping. It lets you easily resize your windows to the whole, half or a quarter of the screen. Sounds like you would get good use of it. It runs all the time and I had to set it to start when I start the computer, but it doesn't hurt performance at all from what I've seen. Just go to basic settings to check it to launch at startup if you like it. It also is way easier to use than the split view on El Capitan I am trying out on a partition. Works on El Capitan too so far. It doesn't work for every window, such as system preferences as its a fixed window. But it does work for all the apps you listed. Its not on the app store so go here. (Although it has a paid companion for your iOS devices on the app store, but I don't use it.)

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