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Eric Martens1 Level 1 Level 1

Hey,

 

I use an external monitor with my MBP (13", C2D, 2010) at work. Coming home I just use the MBP display. Now, using only the internal LCD my iTunes window is too large so I cannot access the lower part of the window. Unfortuneatly the window does not adjust automatically or by using the green resize button in the top bar, neither is there any change after restarting iTunes or the computer. This way iTunes is not really usable, unless I resize the iTunes window everytime before disconnecting the external monitor ... I cannot remember having this problem before. Does anyone know how to solve this? Do I need to go back to the former iTunes version that was not made for Lion with its new way of resizing windows?

 

Thanks and regards,

 

Eric

 

(iTunes 10.4.1, OS 10.6.8)


MacBookPro 2.4 GHz C2D, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
Solved by léonie on Sep 7, 2011 7:53 AM Solved

Try to hold down the option key while clicking the green button in iTunes. That should maximize the window to your screen size

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    Try to hold down the option key while clicking the green button in iTunes. That should maximize the window to your screen size

  • Eric Martens1 Level 1 Level 1

    Great, works. Thank you very much/vielen Dank in die Nachbarschaft.

     

    eric

  • peterfromglenelg north Level 1 Level 1

    How on earth did you know that?  I even downloaded iTunes again, with of course no result and it was so simple and worked.

    Marvellous - I've been going crazy.

    Peter

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    I just remembered the answers of Jolly Giant and Niel to a similar question - it pays to read this forum faithfully

  • Eric Martens1 Level 1 Level 1

    I am happy, you knew the answer, I searched for similar subjects but did not find this information. I wonder whether this is an iTunes bug, since other programms (Safari, iCal, Mail, ...)  resize automatically wehen disconnecting and even resize back as soon as you plug in the external display again. Also I assume former iTunes version also resized automatically, I cannot remember to have had this issue before.

     

    Great to have this forum!

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    Changing the screen resolution should also resize the window correctly.

  • Eric Martens1 Level 1 Level 1

    No, unfortunetaly it doesn´t with iTunes. And since you work on the ideal resolution on an LCD you can only swap to lower resolutions that cuts off even more.

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9
    expertise.itunes
    iTunes

    Open the AppleScript editor, paste the following and run it

     

    tell application "Finder"

    set {d1, d2, d3, d4} to (get bounds of window of desktop)

    end tell

    tell application "iTunes"

    set margins to {d1 + 10, d2 + 54, d3 - 10, d4 - 148}

    set bounds of window 1 to margins

    end tell

  • léonie Level 10 Level 10
    expertise.photosformac
    Photos for Mac

    And if you want to have always easy access to Chris CA's exellent script use Automator instead of Script Editor and install it as a service: Then you can execute it any time from the iTunes Services menu.

     

    Open Automator and create a new Sevice Workflow.

     

    Set "Service receives" to "No Input" in "iTunes.app"

     

    From the Actions-Panel select "Utilities" and drag a "Run Applescript"-Action into the workflow.

     

    Paste Chris CA's script right between the "on run" and "return" lines.

    Save the service. Automator will install it in your Library in the services folder.

     

    Now you can execute it from within iTunes from the iTunes -> Services menu.

     

    You could even assing a keyboard shortcut (services preferences) to the menue entry.

     

    So next time your window ist to large the helper service will be right at hand.

  • johnhab Level 1 Level 1

    leonieDF thanks that was amazingly helpful! I running on a Cinema 30" and like my iTunes window to fill the whole screen except not overlapping with the Dock, so through trial-and-error came up with the following dimensions:

     

    tell application "Finder"

                        set {d1, d2, d3, d4} to (get bounds of window of desktop)

              end tell

              tell application "iTunes"

                        set margins to {d1, d2 + 22, d3, d4 - 93}

                        set bounds of window 1 to margins

              end tell

  • Daniel Marr Level 2 Level 2

    Command-Control-Z or simply click Zoom under 'Window' in the iTunes menu bar.

  • Eric Martens1 Level 1 Level 1

    Hey,

     

    thanks for all the replies, interesting ways to get where you want to go. Personally, I prefer to have this working in the OS without using Terminal, Apple Script or other tools :-)

     

    Seems like Apple fixed this issue with its latest release - the iTunes window automatically rezises to fit the screen size when disconnecting from an external display.

     

    Cheers,

     

    Eric

  • 9Cassidy9 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks so much!  I was stumped.

  • cldjr Level 1 Level 1

    I had the same trouble with iTunes.

    "Try to hold down the option key while clicking the green button in iTunes. That should maximize the window to your screen size"

    LeonieDF advice solve the problem. thanks a lot.

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