While working on chrome/firefox/finder, I open several windows. Each window has some leftover blank space on right side. This is a huge problem while panning the page using the blue scroll bar. Often I click outside the scroll bar and inadvertently switch to background window. To overcome this, I have to manually drag the current window as right as possible to remove blank space.

Is there a more elegant way to do this?


2 Answers 2


I found this app BetterTouchTool. It lets me define a keyboard shortcut to maximize a window fully, without leaving black spaces on either sides.

  1. Download app and open preferences by clicking its icon (boxed index finger) in the menu bar at the top of your screen.
  2. Select 'Keyboard' tab
  3. Select 'Global' in Applications on right
  4. Finally choose Keyboard shortcut and Predefined Action.

I chose the following keyboard shortcuts, which I found safest and non overlapping:

  1. Control Maximize Window
  2. Control Maximize Window Left
  3. Control Maximize Window Right
  4. Control Maximize window to bottom half

Hold Option while clicking Zoom (the green + button).

  • not working.. Its similar to pressing green + button alone. Also Tried with Shift, Options, Command and Control keys.
    – jerrymouse
    Jun 7, 2012 at 6:28
  • that's weird. Options + zoom works for me
    – revolver
    Jun 7, 2012 at 6:53
  • @jerrymouse Option-zoom triggers the Zoom command for all windows of an application. The way it works is it essentially toggles between "the smallest it can be while containing everything" and the last-used window size for that window. In revolver's case, the custom setting currently happens to be the whole screen and it would do exactly the same thing as simply clicking it without option.
    – Tuesday
    Jun 7, 2012 at 19:47

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