Change the default location and size of maximized windows
Posted on 2013-02-04
In MS Windows 7, is there a way to change the default location and size of windows in the maximized position?
For example, maximizing a window causes the bottom border to be positioned just above the taskbar. However, in the properties setting for the taskbar, I noticed an option to auto-hide the taskbar. When that option is selected, the taskbar slides down below the screen (when not in use). As would be expected, maximizing a window in this scenario causes its bottom border to be positioned at the bottom of the screen effectively giving the window a larger area than was the case previously.
I've got a large number of small Graphic User Interface (GUI) controls which I want located along the bottom of the screen. The space vacated by a hidden taskbar is perfect for that purpose — and having the taskbar intermittently slide up over the GUI's is not a problem. However, to make the GUI's useful, I need a way to prevent maximized windows from obscuring them. I realize I could set the GUIs to be "always on top" but that of course would obscure the bottom of every maximized window.
The best solution I can think of would be to redefine the lower border of maximized windows. For instance, if when the taskbar is set to auto-hide, the lower border was maintained in the same position as it is when the taskbar is not set to auto-hide, that would do the trick.
Is that doable and if so, how is it done?