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How do I permanently maximize all windows that are opened on my computer?

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How do I permanently maximize all windows that are opened on my computer by default?
Tried clicking on the minimize button which takes me to the maximize button then hold down the control key and click on maximize and then click on the X to close.  This relly doesn't work all the time?
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by:Donald Stewart
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Does this registry entry work for you?

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
"MaximizeApps"=dword:00000001
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by:exchangbob
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Could you please explain in more detail?  How do I use Windows Regisrty Editor Version 5.00?
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by:Donald Stewart
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open notepad and copy/paste those 3 lines....save as max.reg

then doubleclick on it and click ok to prompts
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by:Donald Stewart
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This app seems to do it for you (let you control the maximize)


http://www.southbaypc.com/AutoSizer/
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copied/pasted saved as max reg in documents from there I got lost?
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Dev note: The new version which improves compatibility with 64-bit versions of Windows is currently in the final stages of development. The current version still works fine for 32-bit versions of Windows 7, Vista, and XP.

My os is 64bit windows 7
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by:Donald Stewart
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Maybe this will work better

Right click on "Internet explorer" icon and select properties

Then click on the shortcut tab

Then change the "Run" drop down to "Maximized"
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by:Donald Stewart
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The above method should also work on any other application you want to always open maximized.
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   Tried:   Right click on "Internet explorer" icon and select properties Then click on the shortcut tab
Then change the "Run" drop down to "Maximized"  didn't work?
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by:Donald Stewart
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That's odd....worked for me.


Are you on Windows 7 SP1 yet ? Dont know if service pack would make a difference.(Im running SP1)
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by:Donald Stewart
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Found another tool that may work for you


http://www.jiisoft.com/iemaximizer/Default.aspx
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by:exchangbob
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I have windows 7 don't know about sp1?

tried to download program for maximizer you suggested   did not download
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by:exchangbob
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Sorry if I didn't make myself clear.  What I meant to say is that this maximizer didn't either?
http://www.jiisoft.com/iemaximizer/Default.aspx
I tried holding the Ctrl Key down while I clicked on the maximize square in the upper right hand part of the window and then clicked on X close while I was still holding down the Ctrl Key.  This appeared to work temporarily, but then when went to open a shortcut on my desktop, the display went back to the 1/4 screen window in the minimized state.

ANY MORE SUGGESTIONS??
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by:Donald Stewart
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Found this too :)

Opening Internet Explorer Full Size
http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/ietips.htm


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In some cases the "Remember last window size" info becomes corrupted in the Registry.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main]
"Window_Placement"=

To reset the "Window_Placement" entry to default. You can download a small reg file to reset (to default) and correct this behavior.

Download: ResetWindowPlacement.reg [right-click and select: "Save Target As"]
To use: right-click and select: Merge - Ok the prompt and reboot.
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by:Donald Stewart
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I noticed that after running the resetwindowplacement.reg that the first time you open IE afterwards it will be small...maximizing it and closing then reopening will then continue to open maximized.
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