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Sep 27, 2004, 05:13 PM
Hey There,

I am sure there is a simple answer to this question but...

I am a long time PC user and just bought a 15" Powerbook. I am wondering if there is a way to make IE or Safari fit the widescreen? Everytime it starts there is "letterboxing" on both sides of browser and I would like it to fit the whole screen.

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Sep 27, 2004, 05:39 PM
Gah! Do a search! Worst. Windows. Feature. Ever.

No. In Safari, the Zoom button merely switches between the user defined size and the size of the content in the window. Anything else is a waste of screen space. If you manually change the size to what you want, it should stay that way.
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Sep 27, 2004, 05:57 PM
You really will get used to not maximizing your windows. I did when I got my mac and all the new Mac users I've seen have too.

I use the space for IM clients such as iChat and MSN.
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Sep 27, 2004, 11:37 PM
As many have pointed out, you might want to consider a more 'virtual desktop' spatial organization of your screen - ie, not having to compulsively maximize every window that happens to be in front at the moment. Its a common trait among windows users, and after a while, a lot of people grow to treat their computer desktop like a real desk - documents in piles, and you can select them instinctively because you know where you left each document on your desktop. Failing that, expose helps a lot

But to more directly answer your original question, Safari remembers your window size and position. What you do is when you open a new browser window, size and position it to your liking, and new windows opened after that will have the same settings.
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Sep 28, 2004, 01:55 AM
Check macosxhints for bookmarklets. Nice easy to use applets that let you configure the size of your browser (in Safari) with a click of the menu bar. I have a PB 17 (used it before with my iBook as well) and I have a full screen bookmaklet as well as a left- and right-sided version that I feel is pretty useable for most surfing needs.
All you have to do is drag into your menu bar, then drag off if you want to delete.

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Sep 29, 2004, 11:28 AM
I am new to mac too, and I was wondering this question 1 month ago, but now, I actually hate the zoom button on ie & firefox, because I think "letterbox" is much nicer.

And in sun systems, which used in my uni, I used to hate the solaris os, but now, I feel I like solaris more than I like windows, of course panther (mac os x 10.3.5) is the best
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