5 Replies Latest reply: Jul 9, 2009 12:30 AM by SpeedofLight
SpeedofLight Level 1 (0 points)
Is there any way to make Safari or Firefox windows occupy the full screen? I am not able to drag Safari windows to occupy the last 5 or so rows of pixels at the bottom which is really irritating- look as if there is a thick band at the bottom of every page!

I keep the OSX dock (set to auto hide) at the bottom which causes the issue. Moving the dock to left or right lets Safari windows occupy the bottom 5 rows of pixels.

Opera browser works fine but I am really dependent Safari or Firefox for all my needs.

You can find the screenshot of this issue here: http://img398.imageshack.us/i/picture1.gif/


Macbook 2.4GHx, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • sitspotsit Level 3 (785 points)
    You'd need to use a Bookmarklet such as this one, and save it (or move it) to your bookmarks bar. Then you can just click it once to maximize the window to the size of the screen.

    Just create a new bookmark from any page, then change it's name to something like "Full" or "Full Size", and in the URL portion, enter this JavaScript code:


    Once you've done that, it should work fine, though you may need to restart Safari before it recognizes the fact that it's there.
  • SpeedofLight Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks! But it still would not occupy the last few rows of pixels
    I even tried various offsets like moveTo(0, -5) and height to screen.availHeight + 5 but the window would not budge.

    Do you face the same problem too?

    It's disappointing that the worlds *most advanced* operating system cannot re-size windows properly; something other GUI OS users have been doing for almost 2 decades.
  • sitspotsit Level 3 (785 points)
    I don't have that problem except with iTunes, and since my Dock is on the right-hand side of the screen, there are a few rows of pixels (2 or 3) it will not expand the window into.

    Mac OS X is the most advanced OS, but it could very well be that it has determined the available screen width/height to be something other than what you think it should be. It could be the true dimensions of the screen based on the size and viewable area, even if you see an image on those few rows of pixels. Any other OS would not necessarily be calculating the true dimensions of the screen, so assuming that Mac OS X is automatically at fault is presumptuous at best.
  • Hawaiian_Starman Level 7 (21,405 points)
    If you are game for a 3rd party approach to full screen, install Glims. Once installed, you'll find Glims' preferences as a separate panel in Safari Preferences. There, you can activate Full Screen.

    When you are ready to use Full Screen, simply go to the Safari Menu and select it.
  • SpeedofLight Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks sitspotsit and Hawaiian_Starman; guess I'll have to live with it.
    Glims was a very good option too.