I am using Finder list view in OSX Lion 10.7.3, and I want to size the window to the contents. I click the zoom (green) button which according to the web 'toggles the window between the “user state” and the “standard state”'.

However, I find that OSX miscalculates and makes the window about 2.5 lines too short to fit the whole file list, unless the list is very small in which case it goes no shorter than a minimum size.

How do I avoid this behaviour and size the window to the list correctly?

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Unfortunately I think you may be out of luck on this one. I tried hiding the toolbar, path bar, status bar, holding down modifier keys — nothing seems to change this behavior. You could check out some third-party utilities to change the zoom button's behavior, but I don't know of anything that will give you the exact behavior you want.

  • Thanks jt, I also tried hiding the various chrome to see if it was affecting the height calculation. It's very odd behaviour to partially obscure the list - is it a bug? If so I'll accept your answer & file it with Apple.
    – MachineElf
    Mar 20, 2012 at 23:03
  • Perhaps it's unintentional, perhaps an Apple designer thought it was a good idea... there's really no way to know. But I do suggest filing a bug if you want to see it changed!
    – jtbandes
    Mar 20, 2012 at 23:05

As far as I'm concerned, it's a bug - this is a feature that has worked the same way in every version of the Mac OS that I've ever used until Lion. I'm stunned that it still hasn't been fixed after three major 10.7 updates. It defies logic that "zoom" would mean anything but "only make the window large enough to show all of the window contents," as it does in Icon view. I'm filing a report right now: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html

Come on, Apple, fix this.


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