Centering a window on Windows 7

Posted on 2015-01-29
Last Modified: 2015-02-01
Hi, I find it kind of disruptive whenever I open an Explorer Window because they open up all over the desktop.  Sometimes on the lower left, sometimes in middle right and so on.  Is there a way to control this behavior so that they open up in the same general area (close to middle center)?
Question by:camtz
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ID: 40578752
Two methods.

First open up Explorer and position and size it where you want.  Hold the CTRL key down and close the window.  Now try reopening it again.

Second try Autosizer
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camtz --
Have you tried just clicking the middle icon (open square) at the very top right of the Windows Explorer window?
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by:Experienced Member
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If the issue is just Windows Explorer, an alternative solution is xPlorer2 ( xPlorer2 can be set up, settings saved and it will open the same way every time. Works on Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8 / 8.1. I use it as a Windows Explorer replacement. Great tool.
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by:Thomas Grassi
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If you minimize Explorer the close it out it will open in random positions

Close IE when in Full screen mode only

Otherwise you will have a small window somewhere on the screen.

Author Comment

ID: 40580373
Holding the Control key down while you close the Explorer window does not work.  This problem is restricted to Explorer windows ONLY.  Everything else, like iTunes for example open up just as I left it.  John, does xPlorer2 take the place of Explorer and if so, do you loose anything in the process?
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ID: 40580396
xPlorer2 does not harm or hurt anything and leaves Windows Explorer ready to use. I just happen to like xPlorer2 because it is such a nicely behaved application. It also allows multiple windows which I find helpful.
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Expert Comment

ID: 40580458
Info on xPlorer2

Have you tried clicking the middle icon at the top right of the Explorer screen?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40582446
Many thanks, I'll try it.
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by:Experienced Member
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@camtz - You are very welcome and I was happy to help. I like xPlorer2 a lot.

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