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How Can I Make My IE Windows Default to Full Size?

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How can I make it so that:

1) When I start IE, the window is maximum size.

2) All subsequent "new windows" that I create open by default to maximum size.

Thanks,

Mike
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by:Asta Cu
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Here's what works for me.  I open a window, then hold CTRL and resize to the size I want (maximum included) by dragging when CTRL is held.  Then open a second window, do the same thing.  Then close the first window.  Then close browser and all new and subsequent windows "remember" the sized I creating using the CTRL+Drag option to resize and open to my choice.

Should work for you as well.

Good luck,
":0) Asta
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by:mjw
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Almost there.  There is a slight difference between the max window size you can get by double-clicking the titlebar and that which you can get by dragging the window borders.  Is there any way I can get all of these windows to be the full max size?

Thanks,

Mike
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by:Asta Cu
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Hi, Mike.  I'm baffled that what I posted above didn't work for you.  If you stretch it to Maximized and follow the order, it should have worked.  Let's try a different way:

Restart/open IE making sure it is NOT already maximized.
Using your mouse, stretch the window to maximize size making sure before you do this that the window is not already in the maximized position...this process needs to be done when window is regular size (restore) window size.
After you stretch the window to the maximize size, close IE.  Now open IE and click on the Maximize button and then close IE again.  The next time you open IE your windows as well as all new windows opened, should be in maximized view (or how far you stretched using CTRL).

Close the main window LAST THIS TIME to see if this works for you.

If you still encounter roadblocks, my only guess is that your version of IE is corrupted and/or perhaps needs the "repair"process run.

Best of luck to you,
":0)  Asta
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by:mjw
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Your procedure works just fine.  The only problem is that a window cannot attain quite the same size when it is sized by dragging its borders as when it is truly maximized by clicking on the maximize button in the upper right hand corner.

The mere fact that such an elaborate and IMO counterintuitive procedure is required seems really odd to me.  I know this is not X windows and I can't just edit a text file and set the parameter (which would make infinitely more sense), but surely the must be some configurable parameter or something.  If not, how can I adapt your procedure to attain the true maximum window size, as is achieved when the window is maximized using the maximize button?
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by:Asta Cu
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I couldn't agree with you more that this "simple" thing should be easy to accomplish.  From IE 5 on, the window size last used, was "supposed" to be the one which is then applied to the next time you open the Browser and any subsequent windows.  Amazing that it doesn't appear to work.  Still doing additional research.  Have read through MSDN library, MS TechNet and others, still claiming this should "work".  Hmmm off to ponder.
Asta
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by:Asta Cu
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In regards to this question, I have just taken the time to do a Microsoft online survey and let them know how poorly they support IE6 and this simple request. Included my Email with some recommendations.  Perhaps something will result (crossing fingers).

Asta
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Many related problems found on the open.window problem, here are some links in that regard and workarounds:
http://support.microsoft.com/directory/article.asp?ID=KB;EN-US;Q211068&
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/methods/open_0.asp
":0)
Back to work.
Asta
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by:mjw
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Well, it looks like this is the best we can get.  Thanks for all your hard work--very impressive and appreciated.

Mike
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by:Asta Cu
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My pleasure, Mike, and thank you for the fine grade.

If/when I get a response from Microsoft to the problem here, I'll return.

Asta
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by:Asta Cu
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Something so obviously needed and a choice to be made should not be this tough to get.  I've let Microsoft know we're not pleased.  Plus, from within IE 6 - help - searching via keyword search for "maximize" only gives you limited help and it is only for accessibility features and keyboard alternatives.  Really not what I call a class act in terms of getting functions described and customizable.  I love the improvements in IE6 and the improved performance, but not the limits I've found, this being one example.  Enough ranting from me.
":0) Asta
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by:WERUreo
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Not to be picky, but the links that were provided only deal with the Javascript window.open() function.  Since it is possible to set the window size when Javascript is used to open new windows, this problem isn't really an issue in this case.

The real issue is when the link starts the target to be "_blank" or something similar.  This opens a completely new browser window rather than putting the next page in the current window.  It also happens when you hold the Shift key when clicking a link, or when you select "Open in New Window".

I have so far never heard of a way to make these new windows open maximized.  Asta's solution is the closest to maximizing new windows as I've seen, but maybe there is a way to find a real solution, as long as we know the right questions to ask...
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