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open and maximize a new window when clicking a link

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I'm placing a web document as a desktop item in Windows XP.  It is supposed to be an automated background, if you will.  This way i can control things without clicking around XP.  I'm trying to create a link to a website, and when you click on it you get a traditional internet explorer window, maximized, with the intended location.  I tried the javascript:window.open('url') but i get a new window with the address bar saying just the code and not going to the intended location.  I also tried just using html and using target="_blank" and it works, but again the window isn't maximized.  How do i do this?  Thanks!
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Question by:dartfrogs404
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by:devic
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<a href=http://www.google.com onclick="window.open( this.href,'','width='+screen.width+',height='+screen.height);return false;">google</a>
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by:dartfrogs404
ID: 10904908
I get a window in the bottom half of the screen, not maximized, no toolbars or anything.
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by:devic
ID: 10904941
for example this:

<script>
function openWin(theHREF)
{
      var myWin=window.open(theHREF,'','width='+screen.width+',height='+screen.height+ ',top=0,left=0,scrollbars=1,toolbar=1,staus=1');
}
</script>
<a href=http://www.google.com onclick="openWin(this.href);return false;">google</a>


http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/methods/open_0.asp


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by:dartfrogs404
ID: 10904983
i added menubar=1 and addressbar=1 to fix those missing, that makes the window do the same thing as before.  Even without those, the window is in an odd position on the screen and the maximize button is disabled!
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by:devic
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resizable=1
location=1

here is decription for all possible options:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/workshop/author/dhtml/reference/methods/open_0.asp
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by:dartfrogs404
ID: 10905028
i can do that, but still, there is no code to have the window automatically maximized.  Plus if i add the code for the menubars and the addressbars to what you suggested, it shrinks back down to 1/4 of the screen.  Question still unanswered :-/
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by:devic
ID: 10905083
do not forget to refresh your desktop ;)
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<script>
function openWin(theHREF)
{
      var myWin=window.open(theHREF,'','width='+screen.width+',height='+screen.height+ ',top=0,left=0,scrollbars=1,toolbar=1,staus=1,resizable=1,location=1');
}
</script>
<a href=http://www.google.com onclick="openWin(this.href);return false;">google</a>
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by:fritz_the_blank
ID: 10905146
You may need to do this (building on Devic's code)

window.moveTo(x, y)
function openWin(theHREF)
{
     var myWin=window.open(theHREF,'','width='+screen.width+',height='+screen.height+ ',top=0,left=0,scrollbars=1,toolbar=1,staus=1,resizable=1,location=1');
myWin.moveTo(0,0)
}
</script>
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devic earned 250 total points
ID: 10905299
also you can use VBS:

=============================VBS=====================================
<script language=vbscript>
Function openWinVBS(theHREF)
      Set ie = CreateObject("InternetExplorer.Application")
      ie.height = Screen.AvailHeight
      ie.width = Screen.AvailWidth
      ie.left = 0
      ie.top = 0
      ie.menubar = True
      ie.toolbar = True
      ie.statusbar = True
      ie.resizable = True
      ie.navigate theHREF
      ie.visible = True
End Function
</script>

<a href=http://www.google.com onclick="javascript:openWinVBS(this.href);return false;">google</a>


=============================JS=====================================


<script language=javascript>
function openWin(theHREF)
{
    var myWin=window.open(theHREF,'','width='+screen.availWidth+',height='+screen.availHeight+ ',top=0,left=0,scrollbars=1,toolbar=1,staus=1,resizable=1,location=1');
}
</script>
<a href=http://www.google.com onclick="javascript:openWin(this.href);return false;">google</a>

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by:dartfrogs404
ID: 10908405
It's not exactly maximized, but it shows all the bars i want and fills the screen.  Thanks to all!
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