Please don't resize my browser window

As I mentioned recently in Frustrated by the Web, I’ve been running into various usability issues on the Web recently. Well, I guess I do that all the time, but this time I took notice of them while trying be a “normal” user.

But I digress. What I actually was going to say was that I really, really dislike visiting websites that resize my entire browser window. You know, the typical “all-Flash-site behaviour”.

Resizing my browser window to make sure it fills up my entire screen will not make me focus on your pretty pictures or admire your wicked design. What it will do is make me close down the tab or window that contains your site, resize my window back to the size it had before you started messing with it, and never come back again if I can help it.

Firefox and Opera both have native options to prevent JavaScript from resizing windows. Safari, which is my preferred browser for “casual use”, does not. So options to prevent scripts from messing with my browser window comes in at the top of my wish list for future improvements to Safari.

In the meantime I did manage to find Safari Guardian, which lets you block window resizing and ignore target="_blank", among other things. Hopefully this will be built into Safari some day.

Until then, please leave my browser window alone. If I want it to be a different size I can take care of it myself, thank you.

Posted on August 16, 2010 in Usability, Browsers