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How To Maximize Apps On OS X Lion For Full-Screen Mode That Don’t Yet Support It

How To Maximize Apps On OS X Lion For Full-Screen Mode That Don’t Yet Support It

One of the cute new features in OS X Lion is full-screen mode. It’s featured in many native apps such as Mail, Safari, and iTunes, but it’s not yet rolled out across the board in other apps.

Maximizer is an Lion friendly application that forces full-screen mode on applications that have yet to introduce it.

Maximizer is Lion’s full-screen apps, but for every app. It adds support for Lion’s full-screen to apps like Chrome and Firefox (which haven’t yet been updated to support it) as well as ones like TextMate, which might never gain that support. It should work with any Cocoa app, but not Carbon ones.

To use Maximizer, you have to install SIMBL and then put Mazimizer.bundle inside ~/Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins (or in the same folder in /, if you want it globally available).

There is a little bit of a technical requirement in installing Maximizer but if you want to experience full screen apps in as many apps as possible, then it’s worth the install. If you don’t want to go to the trouble of trying Maximizer, you will have to hope your favorite apps include support for full-screen mode in future releases.

Thanks to James R. for the tip!

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  1. Nick says:

    I need a shortcut for this rather than clicking the button every time I want to view full screen… Is this possible?

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