Windows 7 Explorer

Hi, In Windows XP, I could make Explorer windows different sizes and have as many as I wanted on the desktop.  In Windows 7, when I change the size of the active window, every window I open after that is the same size as the one I just changed.  Is there a way to have multiple windows on the desktop of different size and shape.  Some skinny some wider some taller, etc. Thanks
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Windows 7 Explorer is much less forgiving than Windows XP Explorer. So much so that I use xPlorer2 ( It will do what you want and when done you can save the specific settings.
" Is there a way to have multiple windows on the desktop of different size and shape.  Some skinny some wider some taller, etc."

You can change the size of each window individually by dragging  the windows sides in or out / top or bottom up or down.
Note that any new window opened will default to the last closed window's same size.

To force Windows to remember the size of a window and set it to be the default size for that particular program each time it's opened, first re-size the window to your preferred size, then press and hold the CTRL key and click the red X to close it.
That program should use your set size as the default size until changed.

For more info. read: - ( addresses Internet Explorer 8 but works for all programs in Windows 7 )
camtzAuthor Commented:
I tried your suggestion but it doesn't work for me.  Once I resize the window and close it using the control key, it saves it to that size but all subsequent folders open to that size.  That is no different than what I have now.  In other words your suggestion doesn't work for me.  I wish it did.

I am going to download the program you suggested.  Once installed does it take the place of Explorer?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
There is an option on xPlorer2 to make it default  explorer. I use both but use xPlorer2 90% of the time.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
camtz - I use Windows as it is for the most part, but I am picky about some things and this is one of them.
"To force Windows to remember the size of a window and set it to be the default size for that particular program each time it's opened"
You need to do this for each individual program excluding explorer eg. word, etc.
New searches / windows in explorer will always open with the same size window as the last window closed in explorer.
camtzAuthor Commented:
John, I downloaded your program but it seems so complicated.  Look at screen shot one and what you see is a lot of unwanted information on the left hand side as well as the bottom.  Screen shot two is what I am looking for.  A very simple window showing only the contents of that window.  Can this program do this?
CarlosScreen shot oneScreen shot two
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Screen 2 is what I have in my left side tree.

In xPlorer2, under the View tab, I have Dual Pane and Tile Horizontally selected. Still in View, under Pane Style, I have Details selected. Still in View, I have Tree selected. Still in View, I have all Toolbars except Info selected.

These are the key selections and I then size my columns.  When all done, Actions -> Save Settings now.

It IS more complex that Windows Explorer but (for me) the results are worth it.

Continue with the trial until you decide you do or do not want the program.

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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is my setup

camtzAuthor Commented:
Many thanks, I will play with it to see if it will work for me
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@camtz - Thanks and good luck with xPlorer2. It is very configurable and I like it a lot.
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