iTunes: How to Set the Maximize Button to Actually Maximize

Posted January 18, 2011 by Rob Rogers in Apple Mac, Music

By default, the Maximize (green) button on iTunes places the application in mini player mode instead of maximizing the application. Instead, you have to press the Option button on the keyboard while clicking the Maximize button to achieve a maximized window. This tech-recipe will show you how to reverse this where Maximize is the default setting for the button.

1. Close iTunes.

2. Open Terminal.

3. Execute the following command:
defaults write zoom-to-window -bool YES

4. Open iTunes and the Maximize button works like it should.

To reverse this, close iTunes, open Terminal and execute the following command:
defaults write zoom-to-window -bool NO


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  • Sgtlip

    I am BRAND new to Mac. How do you “open Terminal”?

  • Use Finder, go to Applications. You will find Terminal in the Utilities directory.

  • Sgtlip

    I did as it said and nothing happens

  • Sgtlip

    Never mind, it worked. I’m a 3 day old Mac user and forgot to Quit iTunes. Once I did it the button now works properly. Thanks this is a “good thing.”