Why are you wasting my pixels?
January 20, 2015 6:45 PM   Subscribe

None of the maximise commands provide proper maximisation to fill the whole screen?

When you have Dock not autohidden, then they only go up to the boundary of the dock. When you have Dock hidden they go *near* the edge of the screen but a few pixels short meaning you can see other apps and the desktop behind them.

First I thought it was because I was using third party apps to maximise. I tested in Sizeup, Moom and BetterTouchTools. But it turns out the native maximisation is broken to begin with. Nothing will let a window automatically maximise to the full screen size, there will always be some pixels left over wherever the Dock is even if you have it hidden and at the smallest size setting.

At first I thought this had been solved but alas it hasn't. It is, of course, possible to move the window behind the dock protected pixels then resize it from the opposite side. But this has to be done for every window manually.

Is there any way to make it so that maximises fully across the entire screen?

Bonus points: if anyone can find software that will allow keyboard shortcuts to do a different action moving a window dependant on where it currently is. e.g. in Windows 7 and above you can hit Windows+Left over and over and the window will first maximise half left, then maximise half right on the display to the left of the current display, then to the left of that display and so on. Likewise, Windows+Down will first restore a window, then minimise.
posted by turkeyphant to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
For the bonus, check out Spectacle. (I don't have it installed on this computer, so I'm not sure what it does when it comes to maximisation. It might actually fill the whole screen with the Dock hidden.) There are a couple of other window managers out there. I couldn't figure out how Slate worked and I think Divvy costs money (but is apparently worth it, though I'm happy with Spectacle).
posted by hoyland at 8:22 PM on January 20, 2015

Apple just wants you to use their new OSX full screen mode. It's not as bad as it was when they first rolled it out in like, lion.

I solved this by just using that, and letting it assign each app to its own "space" you can toggle between.

The only real issue i have is the dock popping out is glitchy, and doesn't consistently work. And sometimes even when it does the shadow of the dock stays on the left side of the screen, and makes it look like some of the backlight LEDs are dying or something grrr. You have to go back to the "desktop" space to reliably get to the dock. They want you to use the "launchpad" now, which plays nice with it. Mildly annoying.

Still, once you get over the workflow of launching to fullscreen and swiping(or keyboarding!) left and right, it's nice.

I've played with, after some googling to remember the name, sizeup i think to do the snapping + keyboard shortcuts thing. I don't think i've bothered since... mountain lion? or maybe even snow leopard though. I just forced myself to get used to the full screen "spaces" and i've been fine. A desktop of snapped folders, and some spaces is an ok workflow on a single display.
posted by emptythought at 9:40 PM on January 20, 2015

Second Spectacle. I use it all the time to maximize windows, and it's great for moving windows between monitors too. It also does the same thing that Win+Left/Right does in Windows.

I don't normally hide my Dock, but I just tested it with the Dock hidden and it does fill the entire screen. With the Dock showing it goes right up to the edge of the dock, no pixel gap at all (in Yosemite, at least, but IIRC it's also fine in earlier versions).
posted by neckro23 at 7:25 AM on January 21, 2015

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