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I love my Mac eternally but there is one thing I miss from my former Windows days. When I want to toggle between maximize and restore window, on Windows I would double click the title bar, and that would invoke the toggle.

However on Mac, a double click on the title bar causes the window to minimize, forcing me to hit F10, then locate the minimized window, then click on it. Too many steps.

Is there any way to make Mac perform the toggle on double click?

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Upgrade to Yosemite –  Ethan Sep 15 '14 at 1:03

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Moom and SizeUp allow setting up keyboard shortcuts for maximizing and restoring windows:

I never minimize windows, and I don't use any window management applications either. I think it's easier to just use ⌘H and to focus applications with keyboard shortcuts.

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this does not answer the question. –  worc Jun 18 '14 at 22:09

i didnt find anything that makes double click -> maximize available, but i found using http://hyperdock.bahoom.com/ best alternative (it also gives you active windows preview in your dock on top of window management)

HyperDock brings advanced window management features to Mac OS:

Move & resize windows just by holding down keys and/or moving your mouse.
Automatically resize windows when dragging to screen edges (Window Snapping).

By default you can snap window to sides/maximize with ctrl + cmd + arrow keys


i actually found a better alternative (even more convinient than windows feature you were asking about).

download better touch tool: http://www.boastr.de/ (free)

add your custom gesture like this (actually you can choose among tons of predefined actions and bind them to key combinations/ trackpad gestures): https://www.dropbox.com/s/ppp1aztfhocvjjv/Screenshot%202014-06-05%2016.09.44.png

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Can you explain what it does and why it is good rather than in effect just giving a link –  Mark Mar 26 '14 at 11:50
you're right, done so :) –  mymlyn Mar 26 '14 at 21:08
also added a more convenient alternative to the ones i specified before –  mymlyn Jun 5 '14 at 14:11

You can do it with third-party software


App Store ($1.99)


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