The Fix: Maximize Windows With the Green Button

Last week I showed you a utility to make the red button quit out of any program, under any circumstances. Another button with a question mark on it for Mac users is the green button. Unlike its Windows counterpart, which maximizes any window to full-screen, your Mac’s green button does this weird resizing thing that’s wildly inconsistent.

Fortunately, there’s a fix for that.

The good folks at BlazingTools Software came up with a solution with their little app called Right Zoom. All you have to do is download it (it’s free), open it, and click on “Activate Right Zoom” to get it up and running.

Right Zoom options

The app comes with some very nice options, such as configuring specific keystrokes for the maximize function to work with. Which means, of course, that you can set it so that it works only in the right circumstances. Under the “Applications” tab, you can set it so that it only works with certain programs. You can even set it so that it works with the apps you select, or it doesn’t work with the apps you select.

Right Zoom applications tab

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  1. “your Mac’s green button does this weird resizing thing that’s wildly inconsistent.”

    No, the way the green button works is that it expands the window to fit the size of the content in that window.