One of the questions we are asked most often is: “How do I get my program window(s) to open full-size?” On all versions of Windows there’s the little trick of maximizing a program window and then closing it by holding down the Shift key while clicking the “X” in the top-right corner. With most programs this will force that program’s window to open full-size (maximized) the next time you open it.
Windows 7 gives you another way to open program Windows maximized. And it’s really easy to do. Right-click on any program’s icon and choose “Properties”. In the Properties dialog, about 2/3 of the way down, next to “Run” you’ll see a down-arrow selector. If you click the down arrow you’ll see you have three different windows sizes you can choose from:
2. Normal window
The default size is Normal — but you can change it to Maximized if you want that particular program to always open in a maximized window. Here’s a picture to guide you:
Note: This dialog will only appear in “Properties” for program shortcuts. It is not available on shortcuts you’ve created to Web sites.