Explorer Windows won't open maximized when launched?, Part 2

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Last week, I asked Infopackets Readers if there was a way to make Explorer Windows always maximize when launched.


" While flipping through emails and web pages in a fiendish learning frenzy, I offset an Explorer window to one side in order to get to another. When I finished what I was working on, I closed all Windows and shut the computer down. Since then, all Explorer windows I launch are opening in an offset position. Why does this happen and how can it be fixed? "

Explorer Windows won't open maximized when launched?

Since then, I received over 50 suggestions from Infopackets Readers.

Theresa M. and a few others told me about a combination of keys that would do the trick. She writes:

" Click a link (from Outlook Express) or run Internet Explorer. Hold down CTRL + Shift + ALT on the keyboard while you use the mouse to size the window as you want it. While still holding down CTRL + Shift + ALT, click the Close box (the X in the upper right corner of the window). Windows should remember the position. "

Many users recommended using the "File -> Close" alternate method. Pippie writes:

" Size/place the Window where you want it. [When it's time to close the Window] ... exit by clicking File -> Close. The X [close] icon in upper right of the Window it will NOT save last position. "

Garth M. and countless others told me to position the Explorer Window and reboot. Garth says, " Use your mouse to drag the corners of the window to the furthest corners of the desktop. Close it, and reboot. "

Juan A. from Costa Rica told me about a Windows Registry hack:

" If you feel comfortable editing the Windows Registry, you can find the following entry: Click Start -> Run, and type in: regedit; Scroll to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main, and delete the key: Window_Placement. "

Joe F. says that the window positioning can be reset through the Folder Options menu:

" Set the explorer window to your preference, then click Tools -> Folder Options | View Tab and click the 'Like Current Folder' button. Dismiss the dialog box which says, 'Set all the folders on your computer to match the current folder's view settings (except for toolbars and web view)? Changes will occur the next time you open them.' by clicking the 'Yes' button. "

Robert H. and a few others recommended a program called AutoSizer. From the web site:

" Using AutoSizer, you can set windows to automatically maximize every time they’re opened ... works with almost any program ... stays running in the system tray. "


Many users suggested IE New Window Maximizer:

" ... Automatically maximize new Internet Explorer and Outlook Express windows ... hide close all IE windows with a user-defined hotkey ... can open new IE windows and automatically have them sent to the background ... also capable of closing popup windows. "


Thanks for all the suggestions!

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