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Safari screen width

 9:09 pm on Jul 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

I just made the switch to Mac this week and so far it's great! But one thing I can't figure out is how to maximize Safari to fit the width of my screen. Can it be done?



 12:49 am on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

The "Zoom"ing on Mac OS is different than Windows. (I personally do not like an application hogging all of my screen, but it is a personal preference, and it is what I got used to.)

Go to:


And download the AppleScripts there. One of them Zooms your Safari windows to full screen. You can compile the script and put it in your Dock and run it when needed.

Oh, and congrats on making a great decision!


 8:53 am on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

cant you just grab the bottom right corner, and resize it to the full size?


 2:20 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Yeah, see the little diagonal grey stripes at the bottom right hand corner (4 stripes). Grab that and resize the page to your exact prefs. Or click the green button on the upper left hand corner.

Congrats on the switch.


 6:57 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Found a bunch of Bookmarklets for Safari by following the Applescript page bodine recommended. At the bottom of the following page:


There is a Bookmarket that will maximize the browser window. Throw that in your bookmark bar, and you'll be set. Should be easier than using an Applescript.


 7:15 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I can't wait to make the switch, myself.
I use a G-4 Powerbook a lot and am addicted to Safari.
I tend not to maximize windows on the Mac-- the screen is a wider format than usual, though, so that's probably got something to do with it. As screens get bigger and resolutions more expansive, I grow more and more fond of having my applications tiled. (Can't wait for Panther and its Expose feature-- that looked so rad in the demo.)
I generally push the green button and see what happens.

... I can't WAIT to get my Mac. :D :D :D!
If only the darn things weren't so pricey.


 9:18 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thank you all for your help! I can now maximize Safari to full screen :) As for grabbing the bottom right conner, Doh! That was about the only place I didn't try. Thank you for pointing that out for me.

Coming from Windows and Linux, I was very use to just about all programs going full screen. But now I am starting to like Apples way of thinking. Most programs don't need to be full screen.

So far I'm very happy I made the switch :) OS X is the best os I have ever used.


 10:06 pm on Jul 10, 2003 (gmt 0)

I like to think that Safari uses "smart" maximizing. For instance, it will only enlarge horizontally enough to remove the horizontal scroll bar, which we all hate anyways right?

Slightly off-topic:
I also like how if I drag the a Safari window from my second monitor to the monitor w/ the dock, the window automatically shrinks vertically so that it doesn't hide behind the dock. Little things like this make me thankful the days of IE are behind me.


 10:07 pm on Jul 11, 2003 (gmt 0)


I can't wait for Panther too. I am on 3 23" Lacies and would really beniffit from the window tiling.

<sort of off topic> Speaking for which, there used to be an extension you could use that when you hit a hot key it would put a big target over your mouse so you could find it on multiple monitors. Does anyone know of such a thing for OS X. I loose the mouse all the time. </sort of off topic>

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