I'm new to developing on Mac OS X; my usual dev environment is Ubuntu GNU/Linux with the StumpWM tiling window manager. I'm used to starting an app and having it take up 100% of the screen real estate.

My question is: is there any way to configure Mac OS X 10.6 (either natively or using a third-party app) to default to open every new window in maximized state?

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    Probably not possible. But most apps remember the bounds of the previously closed window. And you can assign a shortcut to Maximize window to full screen on OS X - Super User – Lri Sep 13 '11 at 3:19
  • Thanks - yeah I feared it wasn't but hoped someone on SU might know a way. Apple has changed a bit since the days of the IIe :-/ – Duncan Bayne Sep 13 '11 at 4:25

Somehow most other software I use opens up maximized anyway, possibly because I use ShiftIt and Ctrl-Alt-Cmd M a lot (and most software seems to remember the previously used window size). The only thing I use a lot that didn't open maximimized was iTerm2.

You can get iTerm2 to open in a maximized window by going to Preferences -> Profiles -> Window and setting a high number of Columns and Rows.

iTerm2 preferences screenshot

I know this is not a completely satisfying answer to the question but it seems there is none on OS X.

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