Open Excel full screen

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January 13, 2012 at 07:56:19
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home, 1.5 GHz / 1023 MB
How do I make Excel open full screen every time I open it?

It usually opens at mid-screen size. I maximize it. Next time I open it, it is back to mid-screen size.

I always want Excel to open full screen. Never mid-screen size. Never minimized.

Windows 7, Office 2007.


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January 13, 2012 at 10:52:47
I maximize it.

If you Maximize it then exit, it should retain the same size on next opening.

Don't know why it would not, but you can try a Diagnostic and see what that turns up.

Running Microsoft Office Diagnostics from within Excel/Word

Click the Microsoft Office button
Click on the Excel/Word Options button to bring up the Excel Options dialog box (at the bottom of window)
Click on the Resources button in the left hand pane
Click on the Diagnose button in the right hand pane
Click Continue
Click Run Diagnostics

Running Microsoft Office Diagnostics from the Start Menu

Click on the Start button
Click All Programs
Click Microsoft Office folder
Click Microsoft Office Tools
Click Microsoft Office Diagnostics
Click Continue
Click Run Diagnostics


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January 20, 2012 at 06:11:35
Thanks for the advice. I always maximize when it opens non-maximized, which is most of the time. Same problem with Word. Both Excel and Word routinely opened maximized until sometime in 2011, when they both began opening mid-sized even though I always maximize both of them when they open otherwise. I see the same behavior with my office and home computers.

Ran the diagnostic. The summary says it ran five diagnostics, identified one problem and took one corrective action.

Thanks for the help.



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January 20, 2012 at 06:47:34
The old school fix for when IE did the "mid-sized" thing was to manually expand the window by dragging the sides/corners, instead of automatically maximizing it, and then closing the application.

The "manual maximization" would typically hold.

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