I’ve been a Mac user for many years now. There’s one thing that realllllly bugs me. I really with the green button would maximise the app’s window, like it does on windows, rather than go full-screen. Why? I want to see the menu bar and the doc.
I have a few work arounds, but they’re not as easy as having the green button do all the work. I have moom set so that if I double-click on the title bar it maximises the window. I have moom set so that if I hover over the green button it gives me the option to maximise. I have magnet set so there’s a keyboard short cut.
Trouble is, despite having these hacks in place I still click the stupid green button and it puts me in fullscreen mode.
I completely agree…this is the only thing I miss from my Windows machines I used to own. And when I say only…I mean literally. The ONLY thing I miss. I currently use an app called SizeUp created by Irradiated Software. http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com.
It’s great because I use multiple screens and I can use some keyboard shortcuts to set a window on 1/2 screen or move the window from one screen to another as well as fill the screen with another shortcut. It works great and when I’m on my families Mac’s that don’t have SizeUp installed I’m all kinds of frustrated!! I think there are several options for something like this…Better Touch Tool for example. Good luck in your search!!
If you use BTT, select the action “maximize window” instead of zoom and it will… maximize the window. You could then add another trigger with a modifier key, such as control, and set that to “Enter Fullscreen” so you could retain the original function of the green button.
The problem with the “Maximize” button is it never was a maximize button. That’s Windows! I guess to appease Windows users they recently made it so you get a full screen. The purpose of the button originally, or now with Option pressed, is to resize to what the program’s author feels is the optimum size for the window, which is not necessarily the maximum size.
Yeah, it was never consistent behavior across apps, always confusing and mostly useless. ⌥ + clicking the green button seems to always maximize now though. I do have BTT installed so maybe that’s what’s going on.
Funny because the thing I hate about Windows is maximise. Everyone uses every window maximised and then tries to find each window with Alt + Tab which takes forever. I prefer my windows to be large but staggered so I can find the window I want by looking for and clicking on a tiny piece poking out underneath the front most window.
I use BTT for this, too. Have you tried the Snap Areas that can pop up when you drag a window? I have a small area that sizes the window vertically to the middle third, which I use mostly for reading. I like the narrower third, as opposed to maximized or left/right half.