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 with older versions of OS X, 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 OS X perform the toggle on double-click?

  • Upgrade to Yosemite – Ethan Sep 15 '14 at 1:03
  • "What to do, if I want my Mac to work as abad as Windows?" – "Upgrade to (Yosemite) Hight Sierra" 😂 – Julian F. Weinert Apr 16 '18 at 9:52

Update July 2020 - macOs Catalina 10.15:

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Dock.
  2. Select check box Double-click a window’s title bar to zoom

enter image description here 3. Double click on window's title bar to maximise the window.

zoom: Expands a window to fill the space between the Dock and >the menu bar. If the Dock is along the side of the screen, the window >fills the >space below the menu bar and to the side of the Dock.

macOs versions upto High Siera:

Its old question , but still if it helps anyone.

You need following 2 in order to maximise your window when clicked on title bar:

  1. Go to Apple icon > System Preferences > Dock > Select "Double-click a window's title bar to" "Zoom"

  2. Shift + Double click on title bar to maximise the window.


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    Not doing anything... – Julian F. Weinert Apr 16 '18 at 9:53
  • Not working, I did the setting. I opened a Safari, double clicked the title, the window's top and bottom sides are maximized, but left/right sides stay unchanged. – hardywang Nov 7 '18 at 1:56
  • Worked perfect for me under High Sierra. – user3763100 Feb 14 '19 at 0:23
  • Fwiw, still works in Catalina, but "Dock" is now a section inside of "System Preferences" rather than under the Apple menu item. – ruffin Feb 24 '20 at 20:12
  • you think the question is old but you're not checking if your answer is new. this won't work in catalina – Pranavan Maru Jul 30 '20 at 19:00

Shift + Dbl-Click works perfectly!

  • When I press shift and double click on the title bar, it does a slow animation that minimizes the application to the bottom right. On Windows a double click on the title bar maximizes the window – Victor Grazi Nov 22 '15 at 5:34
  • Does not work (anymore?) – Julian F. Weinert Apr 16 '18 at 9:54
  • You will have to make a change in settings as well to make that work. Go to Apple icon > System Preferences > Dock > Select "Double-click a window's title bar to" "Zoom" – Maverick09 Apr 17 '18 at 10:50

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 – mmmmmm Mar 26 '14 at 11:50
  • you're right, done so :) – mmln Mar 26 '14 at 21:08
  • also added a more convenient alternative to the ones i specified before – mmln Jun 5 '14 at 14:11

You can do it with third-party software


App Store ($1.99)


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    To anybody coming across this post years later, it is now €3.49 (roughly USD $4.19). :) – TerranRich Jan 3 '18 at 15:00
  • I have purchased BetterSnapTool and am well pleased. – ponies Apr 16 '19 at 18:54

Go to Apple icon > System Preferences > Dock > Select "Double-click a window's title bar to" "Zoom", then it should work. As of now yours is minimize.

  • I wish it would maximize to the full screen dimensions, but this is certainly better than nothing! – Victor Grazi Dec 24 '15 at 23:49
  • Just realized, combining this answer with shift double click as per Anton Orel, does the job magnificently! – Victor Grazi Dec 24 '15 at 23:57
  • I don't know if this was for an older version of macOS or what, but this no longer works consistently. I still have programs that, when I shift-double-click the title bar, it just goes to a previously-set size that it remembered. – TerranRich Jan 3 '18 at 15:01
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    Re-enabling the checkbox works for me. Thank you very much! – cebor Jan 5 '18 at 9:04
  • Or just select "Window" -> "Zoom" from the menu bar (since not all apps have a title bar to click on) – Wietse Mar 31 at 9:45

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

If you move the cursor to a corner of the window (until ↔ appears) and double click, it will expand in that direction. Not a 100% solution, but still good.


shift double click works perfectly!! make sure 'click title bar' is set to "zoom"

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