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Dear Experts

I have a batch file to launch firefox and open a certain web page (see code below).  I would like to add the necessery to the batch file to first of all close firefox.

I also need firefox to open as a maximised screen (F11)

Any suggestions?

Thanks
start /d "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox" firefox.exe  www.bspc.co.uk

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taskkill /f firefox.exe to close firefox
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by:Timothy McCartney
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still trying to find the switch to force FF to open maximized...
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Thanks

This does close firefox - however firefox remembers the tabs that were open
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Here are a couple of firefox addons that may achieve what you're trying to do:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/full-fullscreen/
http://www.mouserunner.com/FF_Tips_Full_Screen.html
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When you are re-opening firefox, are you using your batch to trigger the requested site? or are you just opening it from a shortcut icon?
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by:GeoffHarper
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start /max {firefox path}

to open it maximized.

start /max /wait {firefox path}

if you want the .bat file to wait for firefox to terminate.
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by:grantballantyne
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Thanks

I have added the /max switch to the script, however this doesnt seem to work?

See code below


taskkill /f firefox.exe 


start /max  "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox" firefox.exe  www.bspc.co.uk

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by:GeoffHarper
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Ah!!

When you put something in quotes (for the START command) it thinks it's a window title.

Try this:

start /max  "My Firefox" "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox" firefox.exe  www.bspc.co.uk
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Correction:

start /max  "My Firefox" "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe"  www.bspc.co.uk
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by:grantballantyne
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Thanks Geoff

I have amended the batch file to:

taskkill /f firefox.exe
start /max  "My Firefox" "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" www.bspc.co.uk

However it still does not maximise the firefox window?

Thanks
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by:Timothy McCartney
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Give this a shot.

1) Create a link (shortcut) to FF.
2) Set the link to open maximized.
3) Open the link from the command line.

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by:Timothy McCartney
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You can then specify from the shortcut which page will be loaded. See attached image.

 Firefox Shortcut
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by:GeoffHarper
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Sorry, apparently order counts.  Try this:

start "My Firefox" /max "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" www.bspc.co.uk
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by:grantballantyne
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Thanks again Geoff

I have amended the batch file to:

taskkill /f firefox.exe
start "My Firefox" /max "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" www.bspc.co.uk

However it still does not maximise the firefox window?



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by:Timothy McCartney
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Is creating a shortcut, then using a batch file to run said shortcut not an option for you? I've already successfully opened the page you're trying to reach through the method I've laid out for you.
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by:GeoffHarper
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Wow, I just cut-n-pasted

      start "My Firefox" /max "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe" www.bspc.co.uk

into a .bat file and executed it, and it maximized.

I'm using Firefox 3.0.19 if that makes any difference...
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by:Timothy McCartney
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I believe he's referring to the "F11" version of "maximized"...

Based on my research it doesn't look like you can do this desired action, however through the use of addons it is possible to get a very similar result. I've posted some addon candidates in an early comment on this thread.
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