Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Undoing Yosemite Multi-monitor and Window Fullscreen Behavior

Undoing OS X 10.10 Yosemite window behavior, because it kept bugging me, and just had to figure it out again.

If you only uncheck displays have separate spaces, when it fullscreens via the green button on a window, it turns the other display black, which is stupid. Instead you have to do that AND redefine the green button behavior to just maximize:

  1. System Preferences -> Mission Control -> Uncheck "Displays have separate spaces".
  2. Install BetterTouchTool. During install, don't agree to window snapping and ensure you give it rights to manage.
  3. Select "Other" category at the top of the window.
  4. Make sure that "Global" is selected at the left side.
  5. Click "Configure New Trigger" button in the bottom part of the window.
  6. Under Trigger, select "Leftclick Green Window Button".
  7. Under Predefined Action, select "Maximize Window".
  8. In Basic Settings, check Launch BetterTouchTool on startup.

This is from here and here.

As a related tip, to make a window smaller but not minimize, double-click on the menu bar.

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