I’m pretty sure Apple’s Mac OS X engineers have check lists, too. My guess is that somewhere at Apple there is a complaint about the little green window zoom button. You know the one. It’s right next to the little yellow and red buttons in the upper left corner of Mac app windows.
History Of Buttons
You already know where I’m going, right? The little red button closes an open window (without a warning, I might add– what’s with that, Apple?). The little yellow button (between the green and red buttons) makes the open window zoom into the Mac’s document Dock (far right side).
That’s all well and good and mostly as expected, but what of the little green button. I say the green button is broken and needs to be fixed, or, at least make it work the same way across all versions of OS X.
That’s what Right Zoom does. It changes the broken behavior of the little green window zoom button to something more tolerable. Clicking the little green button in an open window sometimes expands it to a larger size, or, depending on where and what size the window was before, shrinks it to a smaller size, and that may depend upon which version of OS X you’re using at the moment.
That’s broken. Mini or maxi. That’s what I want from that button. Nothing more. Nothing less. That’s what Right Zoom does. And it does it for God and country and for free. What’s not to like?
In OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, the green button zooms most app windows into full screen mode. No, I don’t want full screen, but I want the app window to zoom out to fill the screen, but not blitzkrieg my face and go into fullscreen mode (they’re not the same; I looked it up).
Right Zoom’s controls are easy to figure out.
Click Active Right Zoom to activate the app. Then choose from other options, including setting the hotkey to make Right Zoom zoom right. What you end up with is a more convenient right green button on app windows. Right Zoom changes the behavior in most modern Mac apps, including Safari, Pages, even the Finder.
The only negatives are that you have to remember another keystroke to make the right green button behave as God intended, and the way that I want. Apple, Read. My. Lips. Make the green zoom button work the way it should. Call me. Let’s do lunch.