How To Maximize Windows In Yosemite Without Going Into Full Screen Mode


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In addition to all the changes Apple has made with Mac OS X Yosemite, there are a few subtle changes that make a huge difference.

In Yosemite, the green maximize button on the top left-hand side of any window now defaults to opening the application in full screen mode. In older version of OS X, the maximize button would expand the window to a larger size.

If you would like to use the maximize button’s old behaviour in Yosemite you have two choices. The first is to hold down the Option key before you press the button. You will notice that the button changes back to a plus (+) icon, which is how it appeared in older version of OS X.

Another option is to double-click the window titlebar. This will also maximize the screen without taking the application into full screen mode.


Yosemite brings a new Notification Center, giving users more information and adding the ability to install widgets. Spotlight has also been redesigned with a user interface that appears front and centre, and the app now searches multiple sources like the App Store, iTunes Store, Maps, and Wikipedia.

The most interesting features of Yosemite are continuity and handoff. Users can now receive calls and send SMS messages directly from their Mac. If you start an email on your iPhone you can now pick up right where you left off on your Mac and vice versa.

Apple released OS X Yosemite on October 16 and it is available as a free download from the Mac App Store. The latest update brings an all-new design and is compatible with all Macs that were able to run Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9).

[via OSXDaily]


  • Elaine Leung

    doesnt work with Google Chrome though 🙁

  • xxxJDxxx

    Hopefully Google adds support soon.
    I get the chrome icon on my mac indicating that a handoff is available, however when I click the icon chrome opens to my homepage instead of the page I was viewing on my iphone/ipad.
    This lead me to give Safari another shot on my mac, and its actually pretty good. Scrolling is a lot smoother than Chrome and it seems just as fast. The only deal breaker for me is the lack of icons that show up next to the page name on the tabs and on the favourites bar. The use of icons of varying color makes it SO MUCH quicker and easier to differentiate between tabs and favourites links. A huge UI misstep on Apple’s part IMO.

  • Karim

    Yep. only reason Im using Chrome over Safari on both iPhone and Mac

  • Chrome262

    I went back to Safari, because of the integration, I know google now supports iCloud and you can move back and forth between devices, but the scrolling is so much better in Safari, and it does so much better on webpages that have lots of pictures to scroll though, like shopping sites for example. Plus, Safari uses less power and helps with battery life.

  • Jonathan Ratcliff

    When I double-click the title bar it minimizes the window. Am I clicking the wrong spot?

  • xxxJDxxx

    I take it back. It does scroll smoother but after experimenting with it for awhile it just doesn’t load pages as quickly as Chrome does.

  • jodeo

    In 10.10.4, it makes the windows in Safari full height, but not full width.