How’s my WINDOWS MAXIMIZE logic?

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How’s my WINDOWS MAXIMIZE logic?

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I cannot come up with a rational reason for the absence of the “Restore/Minimize/Maximize” capabilities in dialog boxes, especially the File Open/savEAs boxes.

Windows applications have there Alt-menus at the top left corner and the tiny buttons at the top right.

Why not provide the harassed user with a means to make dialog boxes go full-screen and allow those superb sensory devices, eyes/brain, to operate at an optimal level?

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P.S. Not that I am Draconian or anything, but I would have designed Windows to use ONLY maximized windows, so strong is my belief in the speed and power of our eyes over that of our finger/hand/wrist/arm/elbow/shoulder muscle contraptions. C.
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In Windows 8, Microsoft experimented with making (most) windows maximized, but the interface was universally disliked...
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HansV wrote:In Windows 8, Microsoft experimented with making (most) windows maximized, but the interface was universally disliked...
Probably because everyone else is addicted to the mouse.
But there again, maximised windows/dialogs make even more sense when using the mouse.

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ChrisGreaves wrote:I cannot come up with a rational reason for the absence of the “Restore/Minimize/Maximize” capabilities in dialog boxes, especially the File Open/savEAs boxes.
You can maximize Save dialog boxes quite easily by double-clicking on the border, or by keyboard ALT-Space-Maximize. You can also maximize some other boxes and software via the Task manager, such as the Calculator, but why. :smile:
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ChrisGreaves wrote:Windows applications have there Alt-menus at the top left corner and the tiny buttons at the top right.
See, you already knew half the answer. :grin:

(Your questions seem like something for Raymond Chen at Microsoft. :smile:)
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Argus wrote:You can maximize Save dialog boxes quite easily by double-clicking on the border, or by keyboard ALT-Space-Maximize. You can also maximize some other boxes and software via the Task manager, such as the Calculator, but why. :smile:
Argus, thank you for sending me off into another dimension.

Firefox 69.0.3(64bit) maximizes the saveAs with either the right or the bottom margin. I found I had to dclick the application bar to restore the dialog.

Word2003 maximizes the saveAs dialog with a dclick to the top bar, as is done with any document or application window. Why didn't I think of that (don't bother answering that one!)

I will now soak up any spare time by using dclick all over the place.

For twenty years I have been using that application bar as a bigger target than the tiny buttons, if I had to use the mouse (in class for example) and Alt-Space then X when no-one was watching.

Now of course I find that Alt-space and X works just fine in Firefox saveAs dialog.

What is going on? I suspect that because I did NOT see those tiny buttons in the dialogs, I assumed that no maXimize capability was available.
I want back all the hours I have spent dragging dialog borders down and right, and sometimes diagonally down-and-right. Grrrrr!

Thanks again, Argus.
Chris
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