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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window Apps
Thanks to @siracusa for this one; I noticed it being retweeted this morning, and figured more than a few folks might be interested in it.

If you're one of the people who preferred the "maximize on click" behavior of the green button in iTunes 9 (which vanished in iTunes 9.0.1, as the update reverted to the pre-iTunes 9 "show mini player" behavior), quit iTunes 9, and run this command in Terminal:
defaults write com.apple.iTunes zoom-to-window -bool YES
Relaunch iTunes 9, and the green button should now maximize the window; Option-clicking should get you the mini player (I haven't actually tested it myself, but the tweets say it works).
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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: timcrawf on Sep 24, '09 08:12:11AM

Or you can option-click the green button. Which completes the reversal of function that was brought in with iTunes 9



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: gplawhorn on Sep 24, '09 09:15:21AM

Trashed iTunes for me - won't start up, eventually I get an error message. Have to download iTunes again. No big deal, but . . . use at your own risk.



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: rmanke on Sep 24, '09 10:34:54AM

Awesome, thanks!



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: ianadams on Sep 24, '09 11:20:14AM

Or you could just update to 9.0.1, where the pre-iTunes 9 behaviour has been restored.



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: leamanc on Sep 24, '09 12:12:33PM

Ummm...that's what this hint is about. 9.0.1 restores the pre-9 behavior. If you actually liked the 9.0 behavior, this hint restores THAT for 9.0.1.

Personally, I was just getting used to pressing the Option key or (for the first time ever in my years of iTunes use) using the menu to switch to Mini Player.

Kudos to Apple for switching it back. I really thought they wouldn't, as iTunes was kind of alone in this behavior (green button zooms in every other app, not switch to a floating window), and it is in line with the Windows version of iTunes. Still, many Mac users were used to the pre-9 behavior and I think it shows how much Apple values Mac users' opinions to switch it back...even if it was somewhat non-standard behavior to begin with.



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: MartiNZ on Sep 24, '09 01:02:24PM

IMO it is actually one of the better and more appropriate uses of the green widget, which should switch between different useful view modes. Most of the time it absolutely fails as a useful zoom window function – in TextEdit and Word it doesn't adjust width for anything other than 100% zoom in the document itself; in most other applications it is simply a maximise rather than 'fit to content', which I note now finally works in Finder, although it should really get a clue about Cover Flow mode, where a small window is pretty useless.

Calculator is another fine example of green switching between different functional view modes; basic, scientific, programmer. Maximising the window is a poor function by comparison, and centring it on the screen à la iTunes 9.0 is pretty laughable. Glad they reverted this behaviour :).



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: piyayo on Sep 24, '09 01:58:49PM

I'm in Tiger and now in 9.01 when you change the window from miniplayer back to normal, there's a little scale effect or boing dance that the play buttons perform, kind of subtle, -well, not really- definetely noticeable, and it's obviously intentional, not an interface redrawing issue. I love itunes but man does it look ridiculous. I feel like I'm being sold snow leopard by being shown the worst of it...



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: MartiNZ on Sep 24, '09 04:53:18PM

Heh, I see it. It really is just scaling I think. They change the toolbar area in iTunes every single release, but they NEVER give us the ability to customise it.

Interestingly, I've moved my iTunes back to the top-left of the display, and if both mini and full windows are in the same spot, that effect is not visible as the window just resizes around the same point. It's nicer that way.

Tiger was really good anyway, don't feel pressured if you don't need what SL offers ... or like most of us you are just compelled to update the day of release :).



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: Brian A. Weeks on Sep 24, '09 03:51:47PM

But there's one problem now when you maximize the iTunes window. I keep my Dock on the right. When you maximize iTunes, the window goes to the full size of the display, and does not stop at the edge of the Dock as a Dock-aware application should. If I recall correctly, maximizing old versions of iTunes used to stop at the Dock. FWIW... (report this as a bug, somebody?)



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: David Allen on Sep 24, '09 10:53:36PM

Perhaps that is unique to your kit because that is not what I get.

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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: PCheese on Sep 25, '09 10:28:09AM
You can report the bug yourself either at https://bugreport.apple.com or by choosing Provide iTunes Feedback from the iTunes menu (which links to http://www.apple.com/feedback/itunesapp.html).

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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: brion on Sep 26, '09 01:04:44PM

Thanks... I was really excited that the zoom button actually works in 9.0 and pretty bummed that it was re-broken in 9.0.1.

I've *never* deliberately used the mini-player (why would I? Player controls are on the dock icon or I can just cmd+tab back to the main window), but I *constantly* end up with an iTunes window that's slightly taller than the screen when switching between external monitor and laptop display. A zoom button that does what I expect is actually useful!



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: jeremyp on Oct 01, '09 02:13:34AM

The 9.0.1 behaviour of the green button is a really poor piece of engineering. It contravenes Apple's own human interface guidelines.

If you are as irritated by it as I am, raise a bug at bugreporter.apple.com



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: aqsalter on Sep 27, '09 07:22:15PM

Except that the 'MAXIMIZE' functionality doesn't seem to work right...

No matter what I click it doesn't fill the window... what the heck?

I moved it to a really big monitor and Option clicked the maximise button and it alternates between sitting in the middle of the window and and some strange placing...

I _think_ i get it... the window doesn't maximise to the full size of the screen (it leaves about 2cm border from the edges). But it can be pretty confusing.

Every application has their own version of maximise (even Apple apps)... Mail maximises to the full screen.



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Make the green button maximize the iTunes 9.0.1 window
Authored by: digidan on Jan 19, '10 11:54:49PM

Wow, thanks!

...I really should have thought about that (option-click) before, but oh well! Thanks for this ever so useful hint.



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