I hate cluttered desktop icons and multiple scattered windows on the screen; I find them very distracting. In Windows, one way of focusing on your work is by maximizing the window or making it, “full screen”. For mac users however, Apple’s philosophy has always been about consuming useful space as apposed to maximum space because it makes tasks like dragging and dropping between applications much easier.
Whichever way you want to look at it, sometimes being able set a program to full-screen can be quite gratifying. WriteRoom, for example, was made popular due to the fact that it was a simple text editor that focused only on text and nothing but.
After searching around the web, and experimenting a little, I found a pretty powerful combination of apps that will make the user experience much cleaner and simpler to work with. It’s not exactly full-screen but this is as close as it gets to bring that effect:
Hit Cmd + Return and toggle hiding or showing desktop icons instantly.
- Spirited Away
Clear your dock, hide it, then use quicksilver to launch your applications.
Hide the menu bar completely and make use of those top pixels. Move your mouse to the top edge of the screen to make it reappear.
Auto-hide inactive windows after a set period of time. You can specify exceptions.