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10.7: Window resizing options System 10.7
Lion's window edge resizing includes additional behaviors governed by modifier keys.

Holding down the Option key while dragging window edges resizes the opposite edge as well.

Holding Shift resizes the whole window, retaining its proportions. Adding Option to that resizes the window around its center.

[crarko adds: I find it hard to contain my joy over finally having some choices in how to resize windows. It's only taken 27 years.]
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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: derekJAB on Aug 05, '11 07:56:12AM

Another great find as far as I'm concerned. Thank you!



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: dat5h on Aug 05, '11 07:58:48AM

Now that is great! I like it



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: diamondsw on Aug 05, '11 09:19:25AM

I find it hard to contain my bile that you can no longer "zoom-to-fit" windows in the Finder, and double-clicking the right edge of a list view header no longer also-sizes it to fit the contents. It may sound silly, but I used these literally every day when dealing with new folders of files from clients.

I honestly can't decide if these are bugs or a deliberate removal of features.

Edited on Aug 05, '11 09:19:42AM by diamondsw



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 05, '11 01:19:30PM
I'm with you on this one. What boggles me the most is that it's the combination of non-visible scroll bars plus the non-functioning zoom-to-fit button. I wouldn't be bothered as much by the inability to see if there's more content outside the window bounds, if I could just hit the button to fit everything, but... Gaaahhh! Manual dragging of every bloody window edge is driving me nuts.

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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: schutt on Aug 06, '11 06:25:10AM

Um, when did the zoom-to-fit button ever work?



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 06, '11 08:15:50PM

Zoom-to-fit, in the Finder, has worked perfectly through all versions of Snow Leopard, and I'm pretty sure it was working through most of Leopard as well. There was one major release in there somewhere (maybe 10.5.0 or 10.4.0?) that broke it -- similar to how it's now broken again -- but they fixed it in a point release. Hoping to god they fix it again in Lion...



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: anic297 on Dec 21, '11 07:17:42AM

Well, that worked also since Mac OS 9 (perhaps 8)!



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: everkleer80 on Dec 22, '11 01:29:28PM

After almost 5 months I'm sure you know this by know, but there's an option in a System Pref Pane (General I think) to keep the scroll bars visible.



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: scooby509 on Aug 06, '11 02:09:14PM

Uh, the only zoom in the Finder is zoom to fit. What are you talking about?



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 06, '11 08:18:28PM

Open a bunch of Finder windows. Click the zoom-to-fit buttons. Et voilŗ, it doesn't work. :)

(More specifically: Windows won't get nearly as small as they used to in SL, so there's a lot of wasted space in windows without a lot of content. And, more importantly, when viewing larger amounts of content, the zoom doesn't actually expand the window to fit everything, like it used to -- you still have to either scroll, or resize the window manually to see it all.)

Edited on Aug 06, '11 08:20:34PM by Unsoluble



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: poenn on Aug 07, '11 03:39:20AM

Sorry, but I donít get that. It works fine for me with all Finder windows. The green + button resizes the window to the space needed to display all content. Clicking it again goes back to the way the window was before. Am I missing something?



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 07, '11 09:25:26PM
If you're always getting a perfectly sized-to-fit window when clicking the green button, then you're extremely lucky. I can't tell what the algorithm behind it is, but I can assure you that 90% of my windows do not fit all their content after hitting the green -- I almost always have to pull down the bottom edge to fit the rest. Some do indeed fit! But it's very rare over here.

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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: poenn on Aug 08, '11 01:31:21AM

I am not using the green button that much so itís totally possible that Iíve missed out on that problem. :-) But thanks for taking the time to clarify!



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: sipatel on Aug 11, '11 04:04:42AM

I have always used the green button to exactly resize Finder windows, which are always displayed by List, sorted by Kind, use 10pt text and the larger of the two icons offered. Also, I always display the Toolbar and Status Bar, sometime display the Path Bar but never use the Sidebar.

In SL, if you had multiple windows open, you could fit-to-content all the windows with OPT+Green Button and things looked neat and tidy.

Even System 8 and 9 offered these options. No longer.

It appears that the default action in Lion is that if you have a folder with four files in it, the window will have a fixed size to accommodate almost 5 icons (the fifth icon gets clipped at the bottom). If you have more than five files, the window will resize but clip the last icon, every time.

I have deleted every .DS_Store file which I believe is where the window display settings are stored and no joy. Every new folder window is set to open at a fixed size, and setting-up one Finder window and using that as a Default does not help at all.

I am not new to Macs -- my first personal Mac was a IIsi with System 6 installed and I have every System Apple has ever produced going back to pre-Macintosh days.

I'll just put it down to new designers/programmers joining Apple and only having had experience of recent versions of OSX, or maybe some of the iOS team have had a hand in Lion's UI?



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: Unsoluble on Aug 13, '11 08:30:31AM

Like I said earlier, this same thing (almost exactly) happened a few OS X versions ago, and then they fixed it a couple point releases later -- I'm really hoping they do the same this time around. :)



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: BiL Castine on Aug 05, '11 10:21:03AM

Apple replaced the window full screen zoom with the older (and for me, better) fit window to content action. i do miss the double-click column divider to resize column feature though.



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: derekJAB on Aug 05, '11 11:32:21PM

I thought this still worked: it does for me as I've set the scroll bars to always show (System Preferences/General)



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10.7: Window resizing options
Authored by: WaltFrench on Aug 08, '11 04:42:01PM

And it works nicely, too: Option-expand a window and the opposing side stops when it hits the screen border, while the side you're dragging keeps going.



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