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Before Mavericks, I could maximise a window while holding shift key, and the window would always fill up the entire screen without needing any third party tools or changes.

It no longer works in Mavericks, is there a workaround or hidden setting to revert to the old behavior?

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Do you want to maximize the window or go to full screen? –  Matteo Jan 3 at 11:47
    
Maximize window, not going full screen. –  Howard Jan 3 at 15:30
    
I have 10.8.5 and shift clicking the + button of a finder window does not maximize it such that it fills up the entire screen. So maybe it was a plugin nonetheless? –  Bart Arondson Jan 4 at 10:18
    
Is this still an issue? My shift+click work fine to maximize windows to fill the screen (all except finder windows...) –  les Mar 16 at 5:39

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For maximizing windows (and more), I use SizeUp: http://www.irradiatedsoftware.com/sizeup/

This is not the same as full-screen mode which Mark refers to.

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Option + click on maximize button works for me.

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This is the simplest solution for Mavericks. –  Brian Pontarelli Oct 19 at 21:40
    
This is what works, NOT shift + click –  box86rowh Oct 25 at 21:23

What you can do is make an app go full screen. This is done by hitting the double arrow icon at the top right of the window (see picture below) or the keyboard shortcut ^++F.

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If was not going full screen but it maximized the window (only with a subset of the applications) –  Matteo Jan 3 at 11:48
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It is really strange. Back in 10.8.5, clicking maximize button has inconsistent resizing behaviour, but clicking it while holding shift would consistently maximize window to fill up entire screen. Now the feature seems to be missing from Mavericks. –  Howard Jan 3 at 15:33
    
And the "shift + maximize" feature was built-in to the OS, without using third party tool. –  Howard Jan 3 at 15:34

I have been using SizeUp but recently I heard of Spectacle:

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which seems to do most, but not all, of the same things, and is free and open-source.

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+1 for spectacle. works really well. –  Krishna Kant Sharma Aug 12 at 12:12

BetterTouchTool will do this using a trigger such as this:

Trigger Example

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Shift + Click in Mavericks is working for me to maximize a window to fill the entire screen. This is the first I have learned about that option. I have been endlessly frustrated by that on Mac in the past.

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Shift-click what? –  grgarside Oct 13 at 16:35
    
the maximise button on any window –  Craig Wayne Oct 14 at 8:19

In OS X Yosemite, Double click on window title. That's all.

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This zooms the window per the old green + button, not to fill the screen. –  grgarside Oct 31 at 11:55

BetterTouchTool is actually the best solution. You can do so much with it. ANd once again it comes to the rescue here since Apple is too stupid to fix this after 15 years of a senseless green window button. I setup left clicking the green button normally to the old behavior (i.e.: does whatever it wants without rhyme or reason), ctrl-left click green button = maximize to the left, alt-left click green button = maximize to the right, shift-left click green button maximize window to fill the desktop (NOT fullscreen mode, i.e.: window does not take up a new space). Brilliant.

Note: in BTT, you have to go to the "OTHER" tab and add a new trigger. Not under trackpad.

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I have used FastScripts to assign a shortcut to this script:

try
    tell application "Finder" to set b to bounds of window of desktop
    try
        tell application (path to frontmost application as text)
            set bounds of window 1 to {item 1 of b, 22, item 3 of b, item 4 of b}
        end tell
    on error
        tell application "System Events" to tell window 1 of (process 1 where it is frontmost)
            try
                set position to {0, 22}
                set size to {item 3 of b, (item 4 of b) - 22}
            on error
                click (button 1 of window 1 where subrole is "AXZoomButton")
            end try
        end tell
    end try
end try

Changing the bounds of a window doesn't work with all applications, but using the accessibility API through System Events is slightly slower. Other applications like Slate always use the accessibility API.

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While holding Shift + Option, click the green Plus button on the upper-left corner of the window.

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In 10.0, I use Option + left click to small green plus button on top left windows

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Just updated to Yosemite: Alt+maximize (the green + in the upper left corner of the window) seems to work in both directions (not in finder, there it just stretches the window).

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This question is regarding Mavericks? –  grgarside Oct 24 at 15:55

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