Safari Size Guardian

One of the most annoying things a web-designer can do is produce a website that resizes the browser window when visited, usually taking it to full screen. I have a 30” ACD running at a resolution 2560x1600 pixels. My web-browser usually occupies less than half of that display area and that is almost always enough to avoid horizontal scrolling - ergo I never need my browser window to be wider. So it really irks me when I visit a website that resizes my browser window (and no, I’m not going to give them the credit of a link). It’s irritating because the behaviour is unexpected (it interrupts my workflow), non-requested (if I want the window to be full-screen then I’ll make it so) and, worse still, it requires action from me because I then have to resize the window back to my preferred size.

Unfortunately my preferred browser, Safari, has no controls to prevent websites from invading my desktop in this obnoxious manner so I’ve just had to put up with it. Until today…

Today, quite by chance, I came across Safari Size Guardian, a SIMBL plug-in that adds a new option to the Safari menu, “Block Window Resizing” - and it does exactly what it says on the tin! Sanity is restored at long last thanks to the kind developers at Many Tricks.

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