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Opening New Windows In “Maximized” Mode

Bob from Pennsylvania writes:

Every time I open a new window, it opens small rather than full screen. I have searched the Control Panel, but have not found how to change it. Is there anything I can do?

Normally, any program you use on your computer should always open in “maximized” mode, so the window is fully visible across the screen. However, some programs remember your window settings and may open fully minimized or only half open in “restored” mode. Taking care of this problem is a quick fix that only requires changing a simple setting in the program’s “Properties” window.

Before changing the setting controlling how the program is opened, be sure to open and then fully maximize the window. Click the “Maximize” icon, which is marked by a small square, in the row of three buttons at the top-right corner of the window.

Click the “X” icon to close the program after maximizing the window. Navigate either to your computer’s desktop or the “Start” menu and locate the program’s icon. Right-click the icon and select the “Properties” option listed at the bottom of the new window that appears on the screen.

The Properties Option

Navigate to the tab labeled “Shortcut” in the grouping of tabs at the top of the “Properties” window.

The Shortcut Tab

Locate the drop-down menu named “Run” at the center of the window. Open the menu and select the “Maximize” option to ensure the window always opens properly in maximized mode.

Choosing the Maximized Option

Click the “Apply” button at the bottom-right corner of the window, and then click “OK” to save the change. Close the “Properties” window and double-click the program’s icon to open the program in maximized mode. Repeat the entire process with any other programs that you need to open in full maximized mode.

The Apply Button

The method for changing the maximized window setting differs slightly if you want to open a specific file in maximized mode, rather than the program used to open and modify that file. For instance, if you want to open a specific Microsoft Word document in maximized mode instead of opening the Microsoft Word program in general, you need to first create a shortcut for that specific file. Right-click the file’s name and select the “Create Shortcut” option, and then right-click the shortcut icon and choose “Properties.”

Creating a Shortcut

From there, follow the same process of navigating to the “Shortcut” tab, choosing the “Maximized” option, and clicking “Apply.”

~Ty Arthur