Shortcut Default Open Window Size

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How to Change the Default Open Window Size for a Shortcut in Vista
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This will show you how change the default Open window size of a shortcut to normal (default), minimized, or maximized.
How to Change the Default Open Window Size for a Shortcut in Vista

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This will show you how change the default Open window size of a shortcut to normal (default), minimized, or maximized.

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If you cannot get Vista to remember these settings, then try resetting the Folder View Settings completely in METHOD TWO here: How to Reset Windows Explorer Folder View Settings to Make Vista Remember




Here's How:
1. Right click on any shortcut.​
NOTE: For a keyboard shortcut, right click on the shortcut that the keyboard shortcut is assigned to.
2. Click on Properties.​
3. Click on the Shortcut tab. (See screenshot below)​
4. In the Run drop down menu, select the window size you want the shortcut to open to.​

Window Size

Description

Normal Window

This is the default setting in Vista that will open the shortcut in a window the way you left it when you closed it last.

Minimized

This will always open the shortcut in a window minimized to the taskbar. When you open the window from the taskbar, it will open like the Normal Window.

Maximized

This will always open the shortcut in a window maximized to full screen. You will notice that if you try to restore down (middle button) this window, it is still full screen. You will need to move the mouse pointer to a corner until it turns into a double arrow and then click and hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the size you want it to be.


5. Click on Apply.​
Properties.jpg

6. Click on Continue in the Access Denied prompt. (See screenshot below)​
Access_Denied.jpg

7. Click on Continue in the UAC prompt.​
8. Click on OK.​
That's it,
Shawn




 
Last edited:
Shawn Brink

Comments

I tried that one but it doesn't work for all windows, you still have to adjust new windows size plus vista tends to forget the settings no matter how big is folder view cache.
 
Window Size Description

Normal Window:
This is the default setting in Vista that will open the shortcut in a window the way you left it when you closed it last.
Minimized:
This will always open the shortcut in a window minimized to the taskbar. When you open the window from the taskbar, it will open like the Normal Window.
Maximized:
This will always open the shortcut in a window maximized to full screen. You will notice that if you try to restore down (middle button) this window, it is still full screen. You will need to move the mouse pointer to a corner until it turns into a double arrow and then click and hold the left mouse button and drag the window to the size you want it to be.
Hey Shawn,

Nice tutorial, but how can you make Vista choose "Maximized" as its default setting for every single window you have and every shortcut you will make from then on.
For the "Normal window" you mention "This is the default setting in Vista", how can I get this sentence to apply to "Maximized" - if possible?

Thanks,
Laurens,
 
Hello Laurens,

The only methods I know to do set a window to open maximized is using this tutorial, or to manually maximize the window then close it. Vista remembers how a specific window is set for when it was last closed at the specific path location.

It's not the same, but I hope this helps some.

Shawn
 
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