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This is really just a curiosity post I’m afraid. I bring you no new insight on anything whatsoever. Do you maximize the various windows you have open? Or do you prefer to keep windows at various smaller sizes? I’ve got dual 20″ (widescreen) monitors and maximizing […]

This is really just a curiosity post I’m afraid. I bring you no new insight on anything whatsoever.

Do you maximize the various windows you have open? Or do you prefer to keep windows at various smaller sizes?

I’ve got dual 20″ (widescreen) monitors and maximizing windows can be a bit overkill for some things. I’m finding myself just keeping windows in smaller, modular sizes instead of just having them take up the whole screen.

  1. I don’t maximize all windows, but I always have my browser maxmized. I find it too distracting to be able to see my desktop and the browser, or two browser windows at the same time.

    So yes, I maximize my windows. I’m also using a Macbook where the screen isn’t huge but it’s resolution is enough to allow me to have two browser windows open but I choose to keep one visible at a time.

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  2. I use a 17″ monitor in tandem with my 12″ iBook screen. I’ll often keep a web browser maximized on the smaller screen, while everything else (unmaximized) goes on the bigger one. I probably wouldn’t maximize anything if it weren’t for the small size of the iBook screen.

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  3. Nope, never. I like having several things going at once, and while I keep other applications hidden, I like having a dedicated “area” for each app. And on my 20″ monitor a maxed out window is way too big…

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  4. With my 13″ iBook, it’s no surprise that I maximize almost all my windows. I think the only softwares that I use daily that I do not maximize are Mail and iTunes. All the rest, though, maximized: Firefox, Word, iCal, Keynote, iPhoto, iMovie and Garageband, etc.

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  5. I don’t maximize any window. I’ve got an 19″ widescreen tft and I don’t like the look of maximized windows ;)

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  6. I maximise everything, and I always have done! I thought everybody did, but apparently not. Its like an OCD…

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  7. I have 12 inch PowerBook and have to maximize the windows, though sometimes manage to squeze some. I wouldn’t maximize if i had a bigger screen. Also noticed that Windows users have more windows maximized the Mac users. )

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  8. I have a 20″ LCD, and I maximize most windows: Safari, Xcode, iCal, Finder, etc.

    What I don’t like about Apple’s zoom button is that it only fits the current window contents. When using Safari, for example, the window contents change all the time, so then the window is often too small. I don’t want to hit the zoom button all the time.

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  9. I maximize — however, one thing to consider is that I keep my AIM buddy list docked on the right hand side of my monitor. I’ve got (2) 19″ side-by-side at work. One always have PhotoShop (or some other program) open full screen and the other is where I keep web browsing, AIM and email.

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  10. I have a 12″ G4 PB and a 20″ G5 iMac. I often need large windows for spreadsheets or DNA sequence alignments. So, I have a need to use ‘maximize’ on both machines. I’d use it more, except that it DOESN’T DO WHAT IT SHOULD.

    Maximize doesn’t even maximize to the largest window possible in many applications – just to the largest window used previously. This is especially true for Apple Apps and the finder. Sometimes, it even moves the window partially off screen after two clicks. Useless!

    Try viewing pdf docs in Preview and click on the red button a couple times. The window gets smaller! What’s the point?

    So, if I don’t manually stretch the window to the size I want – I can’t have a maximum window.

    This is one thing Windoze does better, IIRC. I click on the ‘Maximize’ bar in NT or XP, and the screen gets filled up. That’s the way it SHOULD work.

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