force IE to open maximized?

Discussion in 'Windows & Other OS Discussion & Support' started by Vampyromaniac, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Vampyromaniac

    Vampyromaniac confutatis maledictis

    On my mother's computer, whenever you open a Internet Shortcut (.url) on the desktop or wherever,
    IE opens it in Restore mode (not maximized, as a smaller window).

    Is there any way to make IE open in Maximized mode always?

    The only stuff I've found so far, is people saying to manually resize the non-maximized IE to take up the whole screen.
    That's not what I'm looking for, need real maximized mode.


    EDIT: she's using WinXP Home SP1, and IE 6.0
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2004
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  2. PangingJr

    PangingJr Member

    Without using any 3rd party software...

    1) view any web page with IE,
    R-click on any link within the page you're viewing and select "Open in New Window",
    after the new IE window loaded, keep this window open and close the 1st IE window,
    then use your mouse to drag the IE window to fill the screen..
    do not click on the IE maximize box. then close this IE window.
    the next IE window should now open in a maximized window.

    2) Or, start IE, hold down <Ctrl+Alt+Shift> while dragging its window to fill the screen,
    do not release the keys, then close the IE window using the Close box and release the keys.

    Using a 3rd party software..


    If you like to have the IE open in a "Maximized" mode you'll have to config it
    from one of an IE's Shortcut Properties, and always open IE from the Shortcut...
    but the next open windows will not be Maximized.

    that's all the things we can do afaik... none of the method will keep every IE windows in maximized mode.
    and you should expecte its behavior changes since some web sites will change it on your next re-visit.
    IE was written this way, it's by designed.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2004
  3. Judas

    Judas Obvious Closet Brony Pony

    the first trick works great..
  4. Vampyromaniac

    Vampyromaniac confutatis maledictis

    #1: no
    #2: no
    Those didn't work, they just did what I don't want.
    They make the window come up as a non-maximized window that takes up the whole screen,
    not a Real maximized window.
    If nothing else works, I'll try this.
    I just don't want to install extra software on her computer.
    I was hoping some registry key would do the trick.
    Yeah, IE opens maximized if you open it directly.
    But, if you open a link on the desktop, or if IE is opened by something else (like Windows Update launcher, or her ISP dialer), it won't open maximized.

    Thanks though, Net :)
  5. Vampyromaniac

    Vampyromaniac confutatis maledictis

    Crap. :(
    Well, I will see what that IE Maximizer software is like then.

    EDIT: that software is pretty nice, I think the problem is solved :)
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2004
  6. PangingJr

    PangingJr Member

    registry hacks to max all windows is only good for other windows (explorer).. not the IE.

    glad you like the software.
  7. blown503

    blown503 New Member

    Here you go make a reg key like "iefix1.reg" (newfile-text-iefix1.txt-save as iefix1.reg)

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ;FixIEwindow.reg - Fixs Most of IE Windows placement problems

    [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\]

    and "iefix2.reg"

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
    ;SaveSettingForWindowsXP.reg - allows your settings to be saved


    dont forget to click on them to install them!

    Keep a copy of these, for they are important tools for future problems

  8. Vampyromaniac

    Vampyromaniac confutatis maledictis


    those did not do the trick, but I will keep them for the future
  9. java1

    java1 New Member

    Here are a couple more options to try (yes I know this is an old thread...).
    1. Try creating a windows shortcut like this: "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE" Then right-click the shortcut and choose to open maximized.
    2. Create a Windows shortcut like this: cmd /c start /MAX iexplore (note that you may have to fill in the full path to cmd.exe or iexplore.exe on some PCs). For option 2, not sure how to get rid of the black window that flashes and then disappears, though.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2007
  10. PangingJr

    PangingJr Member

    you coukd use NirCMD.exe (freeware command-line tool at to hide the CMD window interface.

    one way to do this, is to create a .cmd script that will contain a line like... start "" /MAX iexplore.exe
    and then run the command-line tool directly or from a shortcut... NirCMD exec hide "/openIEmax.cmd"
  11. >GSXR<mrbusa

    >GSXR<mrbusa MY BIKE vvv

    I have tried to reproduce this with shortcuts from different locations including the desktop. Whenever the shortcut opens the browser minimized I just manually maximize it and close the browser and then when I reopen it the default is maximized. This has always worked for me for as long as I can remember.

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