Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 5th Oct 2008 15:57 UTC
Windows There is one thing that really pushes my buttons, one thing that is sure to send me off on a rant on life, the universe, and everything. I have a 21" widescreen 1680x1050 display - which might not be large to some of the real geeks in here, but to me, it's pretty huge. With so much screen real estate, why oh why do my friends all still insist on maximising every window they come across when they sit down behind my computer? This - and more - is the subject of the latest post on Microsoft's Engineering 7 weblog.
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omg
by SK8T on Sun 5th Oct 2008 18:01 UTC
SK8T
Member since:
2006-06-01

I got a 21" display, too.

But I got a Mac, MacOS X keeps the windows just as big as they need. That means, if you "zoom" a window, MacOS resizes the windows in a way that there are no scollbars anymore. That means, you can see every content of the window, but it doens't fill out your hole screen.

I think this is very clever.

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RE: omg
by dagw on Sun 5th Oct 2008 21:14 in reply to "omg"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

I think this is very clever.

I think it's very annoying. Since what I'm looking at now is often not what I'll be looking at soon, and what I'm looking at soon may be bigger than what I'm looking at now. Thus I have to 'maximize' my window again when I switch to looking at the new thing. When I ask to maximize my window I expect it to do that and not try to guess how big I really want my window to be.

I'm not saying the Mac approach is necessarily useless, but it should definitely be offered as well as and not instead of proper maximization.

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