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windows 10 app window sizes and scale issues

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Ive already discovered from asking that scaling issues are app specific, the issue im having now is i want apps to open in the same size each time no matter whether its my laptops 4k screen or my external 1080p monitors. is there a way to make apps open in their default window size and not the size they were when they were last opened?
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by:John Hurst
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For most Microsoft Apps, if you set them on the low resolution screen, save and close, it should open up the same way next time. You can set IE the same way. The settings will NOT stick if you change to something else.

Some apps have a desktop view setting you can use.

However, when you open on the high resolution screen, then the views will appear small. Most people will make bigger.

You must use Windowed view for this to work (and it does work), not Full Screen.

Also you cannot have two settings per app.

All my main screens come up the same way all the time.
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by:jessbruffett
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when i open an app on the 4k screen on the laptop and size the app appropriately and then close it, log out and back in on my 1080 monitor the app opens so that is so large it usually wont fit on both screens together. it is a pain to have to resize the windows every time. the reverse is true, when i open and size an app appropriately on the 1080 screens. close it and when i log out and back in on the 4k the app is tiny and has to be resized again. this is an inconvenience but its a HUGE one for me as i go from docked to undocked 4-10 times per day so the constant logging out and back in to scale things properly sucks terribly in itself, something i NEVER had to do on my mac, i could leave all my apps open all the time and they would resize properly whether on external monitors or the retina screen. I dont get how Apple makes scaling and resolution work so flawlessly on OSX and Microsoft is such a crapshow when it comes to the same. its extremely disappointing and frustrating as it kills me work efficiency and has seriously negatively impacted my workflow. I like windows 10 when its stationary and im not resizing crap all the time but thats a big deal so if its not fixed my MS in the short term i seriously may just have to go back to mac.
Ive even tried changing the laptops resolution to 1080p but everything is way too small unless scaled up to 125% but once i plug my monitors back in with 0 scaling everything goes to crap again. this, to me, is a basic thing MS should have ironed out a long time ago. im more ranting and venting now. sorry.
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What you see is normal. That is why I said go from Smaller to Larger. You cannot go the other way around.

Windows apps do not resize on screen size change. It has been this way for decades.
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by:jessbruffett
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Well i havent used windows since XP sp1 and then i was only using a desktop not laptop. all my time dealing with screen resolutions of different sizes and plugging into external monitors and unplugging in the same session has been on a Mac. again thats why this is so frustration to me. Ive never had to deal with this as an issue before.
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by:John Hurst
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I get different screen sizes when (a) using projectors and (b) window sizes of spreadsheets in different screen sizes

Not much you can do but I will keep watch
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like i said for me its because i bought a laptop with a 4k screen but my external monitors arr 1080 so there will be a difference in both the resolution and scaling applied to each for, well probably ever since i doubt id want to scale a 4k external monitor to the 250% that laptops monitor uses.
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by:Deepak Prajapati
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Hi  jessbruffett Update your Graphic card Driver then try to resize your apps.
Thanks.
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@deepak i did that first thing for all my drivers. i realize manufactures dont image machines with the latest updated drivers usually.
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