Forum Question: How Do I Maximise Finder Window To Vertical As Well As Horizontal Capacity?

The green button when clicked maximises the Finder window, not to full screen like in Windows, but to the actual maximise of it based on the number of items. But I notice this resizing happens on horizontally, so more detail headings get accommodated. But not vertiCally, so as to accommodate the max number of files it can. This is especially irritating when there is perhaps about 1-2 items more than what you see and you have to scroll down an inch just to see them, else drag and resize.
Can this feature be adjusted to resize both ways?

Comments: 6 Responses to “How Do I Maximise Finder Window To Vertical As Well As Horizontal Capacity?”

    6/2/12 @ 8:43 am

    If you want to make the window larger, simple drag the bottom right corner (or any edge) to enlarge it. You can make it as big as you want.

      6/2/12 @ 8:55 am

      But then the maximise button is wasted, right? I can drag the edge and make it horizontally longer too, but the pointof the green button is to maximise the number of items it can show… If a window has 15 files/folders or more, say, then maximise should open up vertically and accommodate them. I just don’t understand why it lengthens breadthwise to show max possible, but not height wise. I don’t expect it to be full size like in Windows, but at least minimise the amount of dragging/scrolling necessary. I might be wrong, but I don’t think this problem was there before in Snow Leopard, maybe only in Lion.

        6/2/12 @ 9:02 am

        Wasted? No. It just doesn’t do what YOU want. I think this is a small case — where you have just 15 items. What if you had 100? Or, what if you had 3? The green button gives you the same height for 3, 15 or 100. I like that. But it doesn’t mean that is what everyone wants, I guess.

          6/3/12 @ 10:39 am

          Michael’s suggestion worked. If I had 100 items, it obviously wouldn’t show all, but at least it should show 15 when there are 15. By this logic, I could have 8-9 headings like date added, date modified, version, comments, label, kind etc… they’d exceed the horizontal scope even when it’s maximised…doesn’t mean that the functionality isn’t there for when there’s a manageable number of items… just think same logic should apply for vertical resizing as well… not just my want, but it seems half done. But anyway, shift and green button works, so all’s well.

    Michael A.
    6/2/12 @ 1:55 pm

    (Keep in mind I’m runing Snow Leopard not Lion.)

    TotalFinder ( adds the ability to completely maximize a Finder window by shift-clicking the green button.

    I also have Moom ( installed; it adds a bunch of useful shortcuts to resize and maximize windows in all applications, but doesn’t work at all for me, possibly because of a conflict with TotalFinder or something else.

    You might also want to look at HyperDock (, which adds some window management features, including some similar to Windows’ “Aero” features.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    6/3/12 @ 4:13 pm

    I have just tried these coloured buttons,and i just find that i do the same thing that Gary mention`s. Just on this site there is a Blue bar to the Right, and a Blue bar at the bottom. Can you answer that? I am just curious to know Gary.

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