Zoom/Maximize Short Cut Key

Discussion in 'macOS' started by hidea, Dec 27, 2006.

  1. hidea macrumors regular

    May 10, 2006
    I'm just wondering if there's a way to set up a shortcut to maximize/zoom windows on OS X.

    like it is on Saft (for Safari), it's cmd+shift+m?
  2. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    not sure if this will help, but you can make text bigger by hitting cmd and +.
  3. hidea thread starter macrumors regular

    May 10, 2006

    not 'zoom' per say, but zoom meaning.... maximize window, like the green button!
  4. Lixivial macrumors 6502a


    Jan 13, 2005
    Between cats, dogs and wanderlust.
    To set a keyboard hot key for the zoom menu option (which is the same as the green button):

    System Preferences
    -> Keyboard & Mouse
    -> Keyboard Shortcuts
    -> Click the +
    -> Make sure it says All Applications in the dropdown.
    -> In the menu title type in "Zoom" (Capitalization matters, I believe).
    -> Click in the keyboard shortcut area and set the keyboard shortcut you want. I'd make it a cmd-opt-ctrl-z or something, so as not to have a chance of conflicting with any other program hotkeys.

    It should take affect on the next application launch.

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    EDIT: And apparently this doesn't work for ALL applications. Some apps (Opera, TextWrangler, BBEdit) don't have a Window -> Zoom menu item, but most do.
  5. hidea thread starter macrumors regular

    May 10, 2006

    I just wished it would completely fill the screen... like it is on Saft. Mm.....
  6. petruza macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    Sadly, this won't work for some applications that DO have a Window/Zoom menu option, as far as I know: Firefox, Thunderbird, TextWrangler...
    Works fine with Finder and others.
  7. petruza macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2009
    Yes, me too, but that's not a matter of shortcuts, but how Mac OS handles zooming/maximization.

    The general idea is that the application should handle that action in the best way possible. For browsers, it's without doubt taking the whole screen, but some apps don't handle it the best they could.
  8. jitrevino72 macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2009
    Try Sizeup! you'll like it

    The sizeup! app is great! You can Maximize your window and much more. It also allows you to tile two windows side by side for comparison. I really missed this option when I came to Mac from Windows.
    There is a free version called 1UP with limited capabilities. You can download this app from this link.

  9. colourfastt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2009
    Ah, yes. Another Windows person who uses the Mac as a WinDOZE machine. Y'all keep wasting that screen space now, ya hear?
  10. jeremyclarke macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2010
    Thanks for the instructions! Super useful and still works in Leopard :)
  11. johnnyrotten macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2011
    What a douchy statement. Some of us don't want the clutter of a gazillion windows peeking out all over the screen when you can simply shortcut to get to whatever app you have running in the background.

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