Right Zoom for Mac

Right Zoom for Mac

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Date Added:
December 03, 2013
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.7/10.8/10.9
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Editors' review

Right Zoom for Mac addresses the annoying problem of the Mac's green zoom window button. Rather than simply maximizing the window to fit the screen, users still must click the lower right corner and drag the window larger. This application changes the default button functions, making it a true maximize feature.

The freeware program works in the background to change the default functions. After downloading quickly, the program brings up a preferences menu. This allows for Right Zoom for Mac to be activated at all times, or when an additional hot key is pressed. There are a number of different key options and combinations available. An additional menu, easily accessible from the top of the window, allows for the program to be activated for only certain applications. These include office suites, the finder, and Web browsers, among many others. Users can also set the program to operate in all applications, except certain designated ones. After being initiated, the program works as advertised. The only downside is the advertisement that displays along the main menu's bottom, but this is not much of an issue for the freeware program.

For those who want a true window maximizing feature on their computer, Right Zoom for Mac works well and is easy to set up.

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    out of 16 votes

    • 5 star: 10
    • 4 star: 2
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 1 stars

    "Messes up window behavior"

    July 10, 2014   |   By DanielSBuus

    Version: Right Zoom 1.81


    It does actually make the green button behave like a maximize button


    Makes new windows open behind active ones.


    I've used RightZoom since Lion, ever since I've been puzzled by the tendency of Mac OS X to open up new windows behind others. I had this behavior with Lion, Mountain Lion, and Mavericks.

    When doing Alt-Cmd to open up a Finder window, I could see it flash and disappear, and then I'd need to do it again to actually get Finder to the foreground. I thought for a while this was a bug in XtraFinder, but not so.

    Today, I was frustrated with iOS simulator opening up behind of Xcode every time it launched, and seeing the opposite behavior on my colleague's Mac (also behaving properly on Alt-Cmd with XtraFinder installed), I decided to go hunting for the problem. Turned out that the culprit is RightZoom.

    Luckily, I don't really need it anymore, as I'm already using BetterTouchTool for other things, and here I've set up keyboard shortcuts for maximizing and restoring window sizes.

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  • 2 stars

    "No longer works correctly when using Mavericks"

    April 27, 2014   |   By Mr_Blocher

    Version: Right Zoom 1.81


    It worked wonderfully in all previous versions of Mac OS X that I tried.


    Since upgrading to Mavericks it won't maximize a window anymore.


    If you aren't using Mavericks, get it. You will love it. I can't recommend it for Mavericks users, though.

    Updated on Apr 27, 2014

    Oops. Right Zoom suddenly started working for me in Mavericks. I have no idea why it didn't work before and does now. Can I change my rating to 5 stars now? Or just delete my review altogether?

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