Do You Know These 3 Hidden "Resize Windows" Features in Lion?

With the introduction of Mac OS X Lion the way we resize Finder or application windows has been (IMHO) dramatically improved in that we can now resize a window from any corner or edge. Previously to Lion we could only use the bottom-right corner of a window to resize.

With Lion’s new resize window we also have a few hidden options. These include:-

  • Resize a window while holding down the “alt” key. Resizes a window equally on both sides.
  • Resize a window while holding down the “shift” key. Resizes a window proportionally.
  • Resize a window while holding down the “cmd” key. Resize a window in the background without making it the active window.

Lastly we have have a final bonus window feature that has been in Mac OS X for years but still amazes the uninitiated when first shown.

Minimise any window to the Dock while holding down the “shift” key minimises in slowmo. Still amazing!

See also Russell’s slow motion list view tip

3 Replies to "Do You Know These 3 Hidden "Resize Windows" Features in Lion?"

  • Observer

    The dragging all four Sides to resize is one Windows feature I’m glad came to the Mac.

  • Jon

    Just to add to your tips, you can use the “alt” and “shift” combo to perform a proportional resize equally across all sides.

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