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I wish to increase the size of an application window like TextEdit to be greater than the actual screen height but it is always limited by the screen size pixels.

Is there a way to artificially increase the screen size so that application windows have more room to increase their height? Perhaps using a VNC connection where screen height and width can be chosen.

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I've read that thread already and the requirements are different. Neither of the two applications suggested allow me to set the screen size manually. –  Abs Nov 10 '11 at 15:16
    
It still appears to be the same question. Perhaps edit your question to explain how it's different than the possible dupe? –  techie007 Nov 10 '11 at 15:35
    
I have boldened where the two questions differ. Please see update. Even if the question is a duplicate (which it isn't!) - the other question is from a year ago with no correct answer. –  Abs Nov 10 '11 at 15:41
    
Please explain what you want to accomplish and what it has to do with VNC. –  Daniel Beck Nov 10 '11 at 15:51
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You can flag for moderator attention to have it reopened. But even after your edit your question is difficult to understand, maybe try editing before flagging. How's VNC relevant here, and why does the other question not apply? Also, fix the second sentence in your question, it doesn't make any sense ( to me at least) –  Daniel Beck Nov 10 '11 at 16:39
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I'n not sure I understand the question, but starting with OS X Lion, it's possible to increase window height beyond screen height.


  1. Select  » Dock » Position on left (somewhat optional, but it makes the following steps easier).
  2. Drag the window you want to resize to the bottom of the screen, so that only the title bar is visible.
  3. Resize the window at the top border (possible since OS X 10.7) and drag that edge to the menu bar.

It will look like this:

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But the window is actually much higher:

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If you move the window afterwards, its height is reduced to available screen height again.

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Yes, you've understood the problem. Unfortunately, I am on snow leopard. That's interesting though, so on Lion when you resize a window it makes it larger at both ends? I've been attempting to resize using applescript set bounds of window 1 to {10, 10, 1024, 3000} but it is always limited. –  Abs Nov 10 '11 at 16:08
    
@abs no, but you move the window down to below the screen edge. Lion allows resizing like windows at every screen edge, so you resize it to the top of the screen while the hidden part stays put below. That way you can achieve almost 2x screen height for a window. Applescript still doesn't work, and as I wrote, moving the window will resize to within screen bounds. –  Daniel Beck Nov 10 '11 at 16:29
    
@abs I remember that it was possible to resize windows quite nicely when having multiple screens with skewed relative positions. Maybe that's an option for you? –  Daniel Beck Nov 10 '11 at 16:31
    
I just tried using two screen, and arrange so that they were on top of each other and I also tried diagonally but my apple script always was limited by the screen! I could move windows through each screen but not resize it via applescript! Any ideas? –  Abs Nov 10 '11 at 17:34
    
@Abs Try resizing via window handle. –  Daniel Beck Nov 10 '11 at 17:47
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