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OS: Mac
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Green maximize button only maximizes vertically
Reported by issac.tr...@gmail.com, Jun 16 2009 Back to list
This issue occurs on Mac OS X.

Chrome Version       : 3.0.187.0
URLs (if applicable) :
Other browsers tested:
Add OK or FAIL after other browsers where you have tested this issue:
     Safari 4: FAIL (after all this time)
Firefox 3.x:
IE 7:
IE 8:

What steps will reproduce the problem?
1. Open a new Chrome window
2. Click the green maximize button (little shiny bead) at the top left.

What is the expected result?
The window should expand to fill the screen.

What happens instead?
It expands only vertically. 

 
Labels: -OS-All -Area-Misc OS-Mac Area-BrowserUI
Status: Invalid
The green button is the Zoom button; OS X doesn't have a maximize button. The correct 
behavior of the button is size-to-best-fit, not fill-screen, so unless the page has a 
horizontal scrollbar what you are seeing is the correct behavior.

We support shift-clicking the zoom button to fill the screen, however, so you can use 
that to get the behavior you want.
All right, good to know.
 Issue 16074  has been merged into this issue.
Comment 5 by dal...@gmail.com, Jan 18 2010
FWIW, many users interpret the "+" as "maximize" and there is no universal law that
states it must be "size to fit". Several official Apple apps fill screen when + is
pressed, e.g. Terminal, Textedit, iPhoto, Mail, iCal, etc. It's the few apps like
Safari, iTunes, Preview, and Chrome which are the exceptions to the rule.

Maybe you assumed most of Chrome's Mac user base is coming from Safari so chose to
replicate its behaviour. I could understand that. Some users are coming from Firefox
which maximizes when + is pressed.  The choice to have either behaviour would be nice.
Comment 6 by Deleted ...@, Feb 11 2011
Please change this default behaviour and swap them arround.

This is the major gripe I always had with Safari and fully maximise is far more useful.
Comment 7 by Deleted ...@, Apr 14 2011
"The correct behavior of the button is size-to-best-fit"
No the "correct" behavior is for UI elements to do what the user expects. Firefox works properly.
I love the current behavior.  I like to keep my browser just big enough for the site I'm visiting so that I can see other windows too, which on other platforms or on OS X with other browsers, requires fiddling with the sizing to get it right.

With Chrome on OS X, I just hit the green '+' and it jumps to exactly the right size!  That rocks!  Please don't change it.
Comment 9 by Deleted ...@, Jul 17 2012
The + sign is for full-maximization of the window on the screen. Please do what all users want: maximize...
I've never seen any other programs where the green buttons doesn't maximize the application. I thought it was a bug and was really annoyed by it. Thanks for the tip on the shift+click (OMG thats great), but I'm agreeing with the peanut gallery. Shouldn't non-standard behaviors use alternate methods?
Project Member Comment 11 by bugdroid1@chromium.org, Oct 14 2012
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