How To Make Your Programs Open Maximized

If you like program windows to open large this tip tells you how.

Most Windows programs open in a normal window, which fills part of the screen.
You can also have them open maximized, where they fit the screen but leave taskbars etc. visible.
Sure, you can use one of the buttons in the upper right corner to make windows smaller and larger, but if you'd rather have some (or all) of your programs open large all the time this is a fast and easy tip.

In addition to the tip outlined in the article, you can also right click any program icon on your desktop, click "properties", change it to the size you want, click "Apply" and then "Ok".

Changing windows properties in Windows 7 taskbar items takes an extra step - right click on the program icon (or running program title), then right click one more time on the name of the program. That will open a list where you can choose Properties.
After that it's the same process as in other Windows operating systems.

Configure Applications to Maximize when Opened


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by ranjit vij on 10. August 2013 - 15:39  (110047)

I hope I will get help when things are not right with my windows 7 64 bit.All I want my pages to open maximised instead of haf or smaller.

by RUSSELL (not verified) on 21. November 2012 - 14:00  (102675)

I used Rhiannon's suggestion to drag the box to full screen then exit via the file menu. It worked for me! Thank you!

by rhiannon on 21. November 2012 - 18:36  (102688)

That's great to hear Russell. :)

by OopsyDaisy (not verified) on 14. January 2011 - 4:01  (64491)

I actually discovered that this does work, but I had to do it to each IE icon I had for it to apply. It won't apply to the main IE icon in the programs folder though. There isn't a setting for it there.

On a side note, there is a program that works great on 32 bit computers (64 bit is still in development unfortunately)

I used this for years before I got this new 64x comp. It works with programs too, which is nice. Oh, it's free as well.

Worth checking out anyway. No garbage comes with it. Just a nice program.

by rhiannon on 16. January 2011 - 0:58  (64634)

Autosizer is a good program, glad you mentioned it.

by rhiannon on 12. January 2011 - 4:17  (64332)

Ah, yes,'s sometimes a special case.
What many people have done (including myself) that worked is to open IE, then make it the size you want by clicking and dragging the sides or corners.
Once you've done that, you'll need to close IE - but (and here's the trick), you have to close it via the File menu. Click on File in the upper left corner, then click Exit. Don't use the Close Tab option.
Use only one window open in IE, otherwise it often won't work. Re-open and it should open to the size you had it when you exited the browser.
I don't have 64-bit so I can't test this out to see if it works. :(

by OopsyDaisy (not verified) on 12. January 2011 - 3:43  (64328)

This doesn't seem to work in Windows 7 64 bit. I have done what is described here & it stuck in the settings, but IE is not opening up maximized. : (

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