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Problem with the fullscreen setting in Mountain lion

by alfredo_mazzamauro / May 3, 2013 7:07 PM PDT

Hi, I am experiencing a problem with the full screen setting of my Mountain Lion. The trouble is that when I run certain apps such as Safari, Mail, Zotero or Scrivener and I open, say, the preferences window, this is automatically set in fullscreen, although it should not be. That messes all the full screen setting of the specific app. I have already got in contact with the Scrivener team, for instance, and they suggested that was a problem related to one of the apps I use to manage my windows, i.e. Rightzoom and Window Tidy. Following up this suggestion I uninstalled and restarted my laptop, but nothing has changed. I tried also to install a non-destructive installation of Mountain lion, but again without any result. I think I should be able in a someway or another to bring the system files related to the fullscreen setting back to a default condition.
I wonder if anyone has already experienced this problem or if you have any suggestion. Thanks.

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Try this,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 3, 2013 11:49 PM PDT

create a new admin account on your laptop.
Restart the laptop
Log into the new account.

Do you have the same problem with the screens?


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It doesn't work
by alfredo_mazzamauro / May 4, 2013 7:42 PM PDT
In reply to: Try this,

Thank you for your reply. Yes, the problem unfortunately is still there. I am not sure anymore that the problem is related to one of those apps. I remember that once in the effort at hiding the tool bar on the top of the screen, i changed some settings of some plist files probably in the preferences folder inside the Library. Now, should any problem related to these changes be resolved in another admin account? if the answer is yes, it means that neither this possible reason is the right one. Any suggestion?

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By changing which account you were logged on to
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 4, 2013 11:20 PM PDT
In reply to: It doesn't work

we were attempting to see whether the problem was a corrupt user account or something else.

We can now conclude that it is something else.
It could still be something to do with the two apps that you uninstalled though. Uninstalling them may not have reverted all the settings they made.
Perhaps if you were to reinstall Rightzoom and change all its preferences to not mess with any program, you could make this problem go away.
Once done, uninstall the app.

I presume you are a recent(ish) convert from Windows.


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