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I didn't know you couldn't do full screen!!


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I will hate this! What is up with this - going full screen is pretty standard stuff - I can't imagine how it will look. I just don't know about this - how do you switch from one app to another - as in Windows as it in the task bar - a simple click and it opens to full screen - I can't see the other ap behind the window - that will drive me crazy!! Guess I will wait to get it and see for myself but I can't believe you can't maximize to full screen.

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Sell it and get a Windows PC.

Or:

Check out this thread for tips.

or here.

or here.

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I'm sorry - I will shut up now - you have to think this is a huge change - Someone who has used ONLY windows for 20 years is now changing to a completely different OS - it's scary to say the least.

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I'm sorry - I will shut up now - you have to think this is a huge change - Someone who has used ONLY windows for 20 years is now changing to a completely different OS - it's scary to say the least.

Annie
I know hindsight is 20/20, but did you ever go to an Apple Store (or Any Apple vendor) and taken one for a test drive and ask questions and what not? Being in the design engineering business I have been using PC's for the past eleven years for work and for about 15 years total. Other than my iPod, my MBP is by far the best purchase I have made this year. The OS has been more refreshing to me than a shock to a system.

If anything, you can always sell it like was suggested.
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Have a look at the OS X 101 ( http://www.apple.com/support/mac101/ ), probably starting with the 'Get me working and playing' tutorial. This will tell you all about window controls, switching apps and what-have-you.
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I'm sorry - I will shut up now - you have to think this is a huge change - Someone who has used ONLY windows for 20 years is now changing to a completely different OS - it's scary to say the least.

Annie
You will get used to it. It is a change but once you play with OS X and all the things you can do with it that Windows couldn't you won't even notice.
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Annie,
welcome to the greener side of the fence. Yes the full screen button is not there. However, there ARE some 3rd party tips and small proggies that will give you that ability. There was actually a program that did this that I saw reviewed a few weeks ago. I gotta head out but when I come back I'll give it a whirl and see what I can find. In the mean time, try this. Google "mac os x full screen" and see what comes up. More than likely you'll find something on the first page.

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Simple explanation:

The green "zoom" button on every window has two settings: "Fit to content" and "User specified".

Open a Safari window. Drag the bottom right corner to make the app full screen. Now click the Zoom button. The window will become smaller and fit the window to the content of the site (rather small for google.com). Now click the Zoom button again, it should be "User Specified", or full screen.

Honestly, though, try and get used to not using windows fullscreen. What's the point of having a high-res LCD monitor when one window takes up the entire screen?

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you should have asked questions in the apple store! We were there for 2 hours asking questions and test driving them before we said YES to the purchase!!!! go to the apple store and they will show you allllll the tips of the trade! hey you can even take a free class that they offer!
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I actually have gotten accustomed to not having full screens and multitasking with many progs in my viewing range in a matter of 1 day of limited use. Im not sure why this concept doesnt work on PC's but it is absolutely dynamite with a mac!
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Simple explanation:

The green "zoom" button on every window has two settings: "Fit to content" and "User specified".

Open a Safari window. Drag the bottom right corner to make the app full screen. Now click the Zoom button. The window will become smaller and fit the window to the content of the site (rather small for google.com). Now click the Zoom button again, it should be "User Specified", or full screen.
My Safari always snaps back to narrow when I do that.
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Drag the corner to make Safari full screen and then close the window. Now, whenever you open Safari, assuming you don't manually change the size of the window, it should be full screen. I did this a long time ago and every time I open Safari it is full screen. It should remember the size of the last window you closed.
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http://www.jydesign.com/safari/
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Found an Apple store about 40 minutes from me - I didn't realize we had one that close! I will go there tonight to test it out so I'll part way know if it is something I will want. They do hold free classes also. Someone told me the closest store to me was 3 hours away - should have looked on my own. Will report back! Thanks everyone - I hope I'm not being a pain here - just a lot of money to spend and I should have checked it out more closely before I purchased it.
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Default keys (they're changable) that i personally love:

F11 - "Show desktop" equiv for OS X, but instead all the windows are moved to the sides of the screns for a moment, when you press the key again they return.
I guess it's called Expose or soemthing.

Another.. F10 - All non-minized windows are cascaded *temporarily* and you can easily hover your mouse over each item and see it's name. Click, it becomes the front window and you can move it around as needed.

Another... hold apple (command/windows) key and press the title of a window in the background... you can move the position of a window without changing focus.

they're simple little things, but.. if you want windows-style "fullscreen" you're probably looking for a "maximized" (The box in the middle of the 3 buttons ona PC) equiv. What you can do is shrink your Dock (the Taskbar equiv in windows) in OS X then press the + green button (maximize in OS X) and that is almost identical to maximizing in Windows.

If you're meaning Safari doesn't run "fullscreen" when you're browsing the internet, you can download Firefox and go to View.. Full Screen (I believe?) or another browser.

Also pressing COMMAND+tab will switch apps just like pressing ALT+TAB in windows. Or right click applications on your Dock in OS X, you will get a list of current runnign windows.
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