How to Make Mac’s Zoom Button Maximize Windows Instead

Joel Lee 11-10-2016

There’s no denying it: a lot of people love Mac Drinking the Kool Aid: 8 Reasons People Love Their Macs When you can buy a laptop for under $500, and a Chromebook will satisfy most people's computing needs, why do people insist on spending well over $1000 on a Mac? Read More . But that doesn’t mean Mac is perfect. Oh, far from it. I myself converted to Mac after many years of fighting against it, and even though I’m happy with the experience, there are a few quirks that I don’t like.


When I first converted Switched: The Convert's Guide to the Mac and OS X Thinking of switching from your Windows-based PC to a Mac? Learn everything you need to know in order to make that transition painless. Read More , one of my bigger complaints involved the green Zoom button on Mac windows. I much preferred — and still do — the way that Windows and Linux handle it. Namely, clicking that button should fill all of the screen except for the menu bar and the dock.

Unfortunately, Mac’s Zoom function tries to be smart. It will stretch vertically and horizontally, but only as much as it deems necessary to fit the content within the window. So if you’re reading a PDF in Preview, for example, zooming will only embiggen the window enough to fit the PDF page.


If you want to change the green Zoom button to mimic the Maximize function in Windows and Linux, all you have to do is install RightZoom.

What’s nice about RightZoom is that it comes with a whitelist and a blacklist. With the whitelist, you can choose to enable this change for certain apps only. With the blacklist, you can choose to enable this change for all apps except for certain ones.


It’s as easy as that.

We’ve also covered many other Mac tips The Best Built-In Mac Tips You've Never Heard of, According to Reddit There's a surprising number of things your Mac can do out of the box, if you only know how. Read More in the past, including these secrets to using Finder in Mac 8 Finder Tips for Mac Newbies Navigating files and folders using the native Mac file browser Finder is easy enough, but there are many more features hidden behind menus and keyboard shortcuts. Read More as well as these tips for mastering Preview in Mac 10 Tips You Need to Know About Mac Preview Read More .

Do you prefer Zoom or Maximize for you windows in Mac? Got any other window-related tips to share with us? We’d love to hear them! Let us know in a comment below.

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  1. tony
    October 15, 2016 at 12:43 am

    Just double click the top bar of any app window and it does the same no need to install anything.