How to resize the default windows explorer folder

August 7, 2014 at 15:34:54
Specs: Windows 7
I run MS Office 2000 on Windows 7. Whenever I go through the process of trying to search for or open an existing file the Explorer window opens up to maybe a 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 size. This of course is being way too small in order to find what one is looking for requires one to narrow other columns so that content in others might be read. The frames cannot be grabbed for resizing therefore I'd like to perhaps get into the Registry to fix this maddeningly stupid and user unfriendly default setting. Sure would appreciate the knowledge.

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#1
August 7, 2014 at 18:09:43
Right click on the Shortcut > Properties > Run: Click on the button on the far right & select > Maximized. Click Apply & OK.

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#2
August 7, 2014 at 21:18:04
John, thanks for the attempt but I don't think we're on the same page. If one is in Word and you try to open a file there is no shortcut to select. One opens file folders by selecting File, Open, and that of course then opens the file folder that I spoke of.

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#3
August 7, 2014 at 21:48:14
I do not use MS Office Gardenz.

I just did some research, nothing jumps out, it will mean a bit of work for you.

I did see using the shortcut method, your shortcuts are when you click on the Start button > All Programs & find Office, then deal with each Office program you want maximized.

These are the keywords I used, try different words if needed.
open microsoft word doc Office 2000 maximized
http://is.gd/uK1ktP


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#4
August 7, 2014 at 22:04:12
Gardenz,

I don't know any more about this than what I've learned from
experience, but this *might* do it for you.

Start with ALL Windows Explorer AND ALL Internet Explorer
windows closed. Then open ONE window -- I'm not sure that
it matters whether it is a Windows Explorer window or an
Internet Explorer window, they seem to work similarly.

Drag the edges of that window to a size and position you like.
If it snaps to the edge of the Desktop and you don't want it to,
you can drag it away from the edge and drag it back close to
the edge slowly and in tiny increments, which makes Windows
not do the "snap-to" thing. Once you have the window sized
and positioned to your satisfaction, CLOSE IT.

The next time you open either an Explorer window or an IE
window, it should have the size and position you set.

This MAY also increase the size of the file dialogs in Word and
some other programs. If it doesn't, you might be able to do so
by adjusting the size of a file dialog box in Word, performing a
file access, and closing Word. I'd think you would have already
done that, but hey...

Lemme know if this doesn't work for you.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
August 8, 2014 at 05:47:01
Jeff, thank you for your effort. Perhaps I have not used the correct "Windows applicable" terms to explain the problem. Specifically however the problem relates to "explorer" within MS Word. I use the term explorer because that seems to be what Windows, in one form or another seems to name that utility that allows one to access, find and organize files and folders. Once inside MS Word and in attempting to work with a previously saved file one goes to the list of menu commands across the top of the MS Word application window and the "file" folder of commands is selected, which then offers another folder containing another list of commands one of which is "Open". Making this selection then opens in a format that appears to be an "explorer" window that defaults to the "My Documents" folder showing all the folders and files stored there. This is the problem. This folder window looks normal in all respects other than being of the smallish size that I described AND that the window frame cannot be grabbed, cannot be dragged, cannot be resized so that the contained files and folders can be viewed in a reasonable manner. There are no "maximize", "minimize", or "modify" icons at the top right where they are is located in all other "explorer" windows. However, the size of this window must be defined somewhere in the registry, and precisely where and how this redefinition can be accomplished is my current holy grail. Any further ideas welcome indeed. Thanks

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#6
August 8, 2014 at 08:23:37
I've had a lot of annoyance from the file dialogs being too small in
the past. I'm not sure if it is better with Windows 7 or if I've just got
accustomed to it. Different programs can have slightly different
file dialog behavior. All those I tried just now allow me to grab the
edges and resize them.

Three things to try:

Can you change the way your files are listed by clicking the button
at the top of the file dialog? Hovering over the button makes it say
"View Menu". Clicking on it drops down options:

Extra large icons
Large icons
Medium icons
Small icons
List
Details
Tiles

I always use "Details". Try changing that.


Try opening or saving a file in a folder that is not in your
"My Documents" folder, so that next time you perform the
same operation, the dialog will open in that other folder.


Also have a look at:

Control Panel > Folder Options > How do I change folder options?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
August 8, 2014 at 08:24:46
You probably know this but sub-folders take on the size of the main folder, so going back up the tree and increasing the screen size there might help.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
August 10, 2014 at 05:44:25
Derek,
Thanks but I'm still stuck. As I described the problem though, in trying to access files and folders working within MS Word there actually is in the strictest sense, no folder tree above the directory or folder of interest. One moves through some menu selections where there are no windows to even attempt to re-size. The directory or folder that presents itself as a window or screen that one would expect would be manageable is the window that is our focus and allows for no way for the user to re-size it at that level. The settings that control the size of this window and whether the normal window user controls are enabled or disabled I think are somewhere in the registry. Where and how I suspect is the answer to the problem. Thanks.

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#9
August 10, 2014 at 06:16:14
Could you give a screen shot of this "folder"?

I expect that it is actually a "dialog" or "dialog box": "Open", "Save", and
"Save As" are file access dialogs.

A screen shot is likely to contain clues as to what is going on.

I expect that Office 2000 uses an older set of APIs for file access that
is not entirely compatible with the set Windows 7 uses.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#10
August 10, 2014 at 08:53:47
Jeff, I've tried several times and ways to insert a printscreen into this dialog box but apparently it is not able to accept such things.

I am not that familiar with the use of cloud drives to share info but I think I read somewhere that that could be done. Not at all sure how security is maintained in doing this however. Nevertheless I've included the url for where this printscreen image is located. Perhaps you can access it in that way.

D:\CLOUD DRIVES\SkyDrive\Documents\2014-08-10_1043.png



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#11
August 10, 2014 at 10:04:04
Google tells me that "CloudDrive" is an Amazon.com cloud storage
system and "SkyDrive" was a Microsoft cloud storage system but has
changed its name to "OneDrive".

Got anything that starts with "http://" ?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#12
August 10, 2014 at 10:09:14
I'll let Derek or someone suggest a place to upload a screenshot to.
I always use my own website for such things, and don't know other
ways to do it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#13
August 10, 2014 at 12:17:36
Free file sharing sites come & go, if zippyshare is too busy ( or not working ) here are others to try. Give us the link please.
free file/screenshot upload no account needed
http://is.gd/ije9W6
http://www.zippyshare.com/

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#14
August 10, 2014 at 12:52:59
As an aside, in #5 you mentioned terminology.

Yes, where you see all your files and folders is Windows Explorer. However, Word is a program that runs, so in the normal way explorer does not run "within it". However, if you open the Word program and use that to select a document you want it to open (File > Open), then you are indeed looking into Windows Explorer again.

Hope that's clear enough.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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August 10, 2014 at 15:47:36

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#16
August 10, 2014 at 16:38:14
"Let's see if this flies"
It will if you have an account, it won't if you don't.

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#17
August 10, 2014 at 20:14:30
Gardenz,

That probably works for anyone who you have given permission
to access your account with a valid password. My guess is that
so far, you are the only person who has accessed your account.

What you need is a public space in which you can put files that
you want to be accessible by anyone. Your OneDrive account
likely supports that, but if not, or if you don't know how to use it,
you can use one of the free file sharing sites John suggested.

For comparison, I uploaded a screenshot of the "Open" dialog
that Wordpad uses to my website:

http://www.freemars.org/jeff2/dialo...

I probably should have opened it in a folder that has some files
in it, but you can see the several folders and the column headings.
Near the top of the dialog is a light blue bar, with four icons at the
right end. Do those show up in your dialogs? Can you use the
two leftmost to change how file info is displayed? If not, which
way is your file info being displayed in your dialogs?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#18
August 11, 2014 at 06:58:04
Thanks for the explanation. It seemed intuitive enough but that brand of logic often doesn't help in compuland.

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#19
August 12, 2014 at 02:02:07
Gardenz,

This page explains how to share files from OneDrive.
Look under "Get a link".

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/...

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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