Stop mak­ing your web­sites go to full screen auto­mat­i­cal­ly! I mean it. Stop it.

Peo­ple do not take into con­sid­er­a­tion how dif­fer­ent web­site users set up their oper­at­ing sys­tem, soft­ware and hard­ware.

First, mak­ing a win­dow auto max­i­mize with­out giv­ing the user the option to do it or not is irri­tat­ing.

Sec­ond, mak­ing a win­dow auto max­i­mize with­out giv­ing the user noti­fi­ca­tion what will be hap­pen­ing is incon­sid­er­ate.

Third, not every user has a sin­gle mon­i­tor. Many users have set ups with mul­ti­ple mon­i­tors. It allows them to work on more than one appli­ca­tion at a time more effi­cient­ly. When a win­dow goes to full screen, it spans all monitors—not just one. Since most full screen designs are cen­tred hor­i­zon­tal­ly and ver­ti­cal­ly, the con­tent ends up being split even­ly between both screens, with the left half being on the left mon­i­tor and the right half on the right mon­i­tor. If the first two issues I list­ed above were irri­tat­ing and incon­sid­er­ate, this issue is very irri­tat­ing and very incon­sid­er­ate.

Don’t make designs that expand to full screen auto­mat­i­cal­ly. Give the user a choice. If you have to make it full screen, at least learn how to con­strain it to a sin­gle mon­i­tor.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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