Make My Windows Maximized!

October 2, 2020 at 06:06:26
Specs: Windows 10
I have been searching online for so long and figured I just ask a fresh question....

How can I make my windows always open maximized?

Now, I am not talking about going to the program itself and changing its properties to maximized. That only works when you open the program directly. I am talking about shortcuts to TXT, PDF, WRI, XLS, DOC, ODF, an email from Outlook, HTML, etc. Any and all shortcuts. I will open a saved document and it opens sometimes to 1/4th the screen, or 3/4s, and in a weird place. And yes, even if the program's and the document's shortcut itself is "maximized."

I used to use AutoSizer ( but it no longer works.

Anyone know of fresh hacks or free programs to make whatever I open to be maximized without me having to do the extra work Windows should be doing for me?

This is not just one computer with a "corrupted profile" or "virus." This is multiple machines for months and years and I am just finally, finally asking. At least asking this year I forget if I asked last year. :)

And please, to repeat myself in text form, do read that changing the shortcut to the program or file to "maximized" does nothing. So, do not tell me to do that.


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October 2, 2020 at 08:28:46
To force Windows to open programs in maximized mode, I have found a way while searching for it.
The trick is you will have to locate the original shortcut, not the Start Menu's entry. On the Start
Menu, right-click on the program icon and select "Open file location." Once you are there, it
works the same as you are used to.

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October 3, 2020 at 05:53:44
For shortcuts you right click and select Shortcut tab. There you go to Run and set it to Maximised.


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October 4, 2020 at 11:48:48
Naheed, I appreciate it but that does not help. Not with the hundreds of document links created that are linked to Notepad, OpenOffice, Excel, etc. Whether those individual shortcuts are set to max, or the program's shortcut themselves. I do not use the START MENU. These are shortcuts to files that were created in ABC program, but ABC program never opens maximized.

Derek, thanks but I think you missed the part on my original post on not repeating that redundant info. Thanks for trying though.

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October 4, 2020 at 11:53:23
See if this from M$-land helps?

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October 5, 2020 at 05:21:41
trvlr, I read that same post a few months ago and again I think last week. Was a most entertaining one. Of course, nothing from it helps, but was very entertaining how these "experts" do nothing.

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October 5, 2020 at 07:44:40
Win-10 is seemingly full of problems, many of which arrive after an update and seem to have no logic or solution either, such that M$-land ought to rewrite it completely; and make it simpler, less cluttered with “wow look what you can do now” and losing the useful parts (which worked - even after the occasional update).

I doubt there is genuine and proper solution to problem you describe. Even the geniuses at M$-land don’t know it all re’ win-10.

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October 5, 2020 at 11:14:25
When I first saw this question four days ago, I thought that
the solution would involve changing the Registry keys for
what different filetypes do when opened. Is that something
you have tried yet?

There are a lot of different filetypes, but probably only a few
that you need to change to get everything you actually want
to open maximized. Most of them you can ignore, or leave
them until you find that you have some files of that type.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 12, 2020 at 04:19:15
I am not sure where in the registry to do all that, but this happens to pretty much all programs, except Microsoft Explorer. Hmmm.

Because of this issue, I discovered the problems "extends" (no pun) to my multi monitor display (but keep in mind as mentioned about the windows not opening properly maximized is an issue on all my computers, even Windows 7). So for example, I will open test.txt and it opens just in a small size somewhere on the screen and I have to maximize it. I take this laptop and hook up to my multi monitor setup, and I open it and it opens and extends on two monitors, not maximized, just badly stretched out on two screens. So, I have to move it to one screen and still maximize it.

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October 12, 2020 at 04:21:35
trvlr, hard reality am sure. I have been sending M$ suggestions on how to "improve" and make Windows function the basic way most people want, with little fluff (or extra crap) in the way. But, sadly....... I am just a grain of sand on the World of M$.

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October 12, 2020 at 07:09:43
The Registry keys for different filetypes is right at the start
of the Registry, in the "hive" called HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT.
(No relation.) It is a HUGE section, though. And I don't
remember exactly what in that section you need to change.

I'm suggesting that you search for the instructions with your
favorite search engine. Maybe start by searching for how to
edit the Registry to open either some specific filetype or some
specific program in a maximized window. My guess is that
you will find that there aren't that many different filetypes or
programs that you need to edit in order to get nearly everything
you actually use to open maximized.

The keys in HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT are pretty much in three
groups: The first is the list of filename extensions, all beginning
with periods, like .avi, .bat, .cab, and so on. The second is the
list of the corresponding filetypes, like AVIFile, batfile, CABFolder,
and so forth. The third is a huge long list which I believe you can
completely ignore, hidden inside an innocent-looking little Registry
folder called CLSID. You can be happy if you never open it.

Normally I don't worry about editing the Registry, but undoing
changes in this section could be trouble if you don't back up the
Registry first, so do back it up first. But then don't be afraid to
go ahead and edit.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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October 12, 2020 at 08:32:07
Only the very wise and savvy - or the very unwise and foolish... - go messing about in the registry. Certainly without some serous research and guidance too from those who do know what's what in there, it's best left alone...

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October 12, 2020 at 09:21:11
The Registry is actually a very simple thing, so it is not at all
difficult to understand, and not at all difficult to edit properly.
I think the dangers have been greatly exaggerated. The main
argument against editing it is that it isn't usually necessary.

Hey! I just noticed that I've got mail. I'm gonna go read my mail!

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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