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Unable to minimise a maximised window

Question: Unable to minimise a maximised window

So previously with the Snap Assist I was able to hold left click the toolbar as a maximised window and drag it down to minimise it, but now I can only maximise a minimised window like Google Chrome, why has this happened and how can I get this to work again?

Edit: Apparently I can do this with the tabs in Google Chrome, but not the actual window itself..

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Question: maximised window

when I open up a new screen, I always have to select the maximise button as the screen is not full size. Is there somewhere that I can go to make all screens open to the maximum window size??

Answer:maximised window

Dincy said:

when I open up a new screen, I always have to select the maximise button as the screen is not full size. Is there somewhere that I can go to make all screens open to the maximum window size??Click to expand...

Drag it to size and then close it from view tab.Windows should remember the size.

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One of the problems that has always bugged me since I got the internet.
Is there a setting so that when you open a new Internet Explorer window (Ctrl-N) it will:

-be maximised
-have the status bar on the bottom

I have XP and IE 6

Not a killer problem, but it can get annoying after the 4 millionth time.

Thanks for your help!
Just realized that there is also an Internet browsing section that might be a more apporpriate home for this post. Oops!

Answer:How do you open a new IE window so that it is already maximised?

Howdy Ged

have a look at his thread


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When I go to a site the window opens minimised (well, whatever size I have made that window) and have to click on the 'max' button to get the full page.
Is there a setting so that when I open a site it opens as 'max' every time ??
Many thanks.

When I click on I.E. it loads up 'max'd' the first time, but all other sites then only open minimised and then have to click on the 'max' button to get full size.

Answer:Window in I.E.6 don't open maximised..

When the (2nd) min window opens don't click max, just drag to max then when closed should open as max.

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My pal has a laptop (Vista) that I have set up a Gmail account for him. Have put a shortcut on his desktop. When you open Gmail in Int. Explorer, it comes up every time in a narrow minimised window. I drag it to full screen and after use close it. Next and every time after it still opens in the narrow (horizontal) window. Any solutions?

Answer:Window Will Nor Stay Maximised

My windows just open at whatever size I last used them, but I've read elsewhere that if you hold the 'ctrl' key while clicking close, it will force Windows to remember the size and position. Worth a try.

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Ihere is a 1 cm gap at the top of my screen between the maximised window and the edge of my screen at the top.

Ive tried changing the display settings and that didn't work

Please help

Answer:(help) 1cm gap between my maximised window and the top of the screen

Screenshots would be nice

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when opening links in outlook express the window just bounces and won't open full screen unless I right click on it on the task bar and open it from maximise. Any ideas please?


Answer:Window won't open maximised

Alkydale said:

when opening links in outlook express the window just bounces and won't open full screen unless I right click on it on the task bar and open it from maximise. Any ideas please?

​Click to expand...

Gotta help us, help you. Take a look at this thread, we are going to need more info than what you supplied.

At least give us an OE version, OS, and browser.

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HiUsing Windows 2000, when I right-clicked a webpage link and selected 'Open in new Window' the page always used to open maximised. Now though it opens 'restore down' which is the opposite to maximised. I can't find how to reset this but I seem to remember there is no simple setting to enable the new window to be opened maximised.Is there a simple setting to enable the new windows to be opened maximised? It's getting fustrating having to click on the maximise button each time I open a new window this way.ThanksKevin

Answer:Opening New Explorer Window Maximised

I think if you click right on the edges and drag it to the size you want, it will stay that way.

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Click on links and small window opens. Drag window to full screen then close (X) holding shift key and without holding shift key and the window re-opens small again. Went to Tools>Internet Options>Advanced> "Accessabilty" and the "Reset zoom level to 100%" box is checked. Any ideas on what next to try?

Answer:Solved: IE 7 window will not open maximised

Are you closing ALL IE7 windows? The window size is only saved when you close the last window.

It should work with just clicking close, but try CTRL + the X button. If that doesn't work, try using File | Close while holding CTRL and/or Shift (Press F10 to display the menu bar)



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I don't know what I've done, but when I maximise my Internet Explorer window now, the window is slightly offset. The window is set down about half an inch lower than normal. This means that I can see the top of the desktop above the window & the bottom of the window disappears off the screen. I can't even see the status bar when I activate it. I thought it might have been caused by spyware but running Ad-aware hasn't solved the probelm. How can I rectify this now? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Maximised IE window slightly offset

Close all but one IE window. Click the Restore Down button (just to the left of the X). Drag the sides of the window to fill the screen. File/Close (not the X).

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When opening the search or save window in Word, I have inadvertently done something that maximises it to a full screen. This isn't usually possible because there are the buttons to do it.Can someone please tell me what to do to reverse it and get it back to normal?I'm using XP Home.Thanks,Bixbox

Answer:inadvertently maximised word window

I think if you resize it to what you want, then close using the 'file' and 'close' command. should reopen to the size you set after that.

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I have a problem that I have not come across before.When I connect to the internet, I have BT Broadband, I have the connect box to open IE when connected. Up until now this has not been a problem but from tonight the window has only opened in its minimised form, requiring me to click the maximise box.I have no idea what is causing this problem or how to fix it. Norton SystemWorks 2003 Pro reports that there are no problems.Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this?I run Win ME.Many ThanksThe Teacher

Answer:Problem when opening IE, window not maximised

Close all IE windows except the small one. Drag the sides to fill the screen (do not use the maximize button). Select Close from the File menu (do not use X).

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Today I came to realise I have used the Seven Forums site so often over the past few years I felt I needed to put a bit back in. Nothing fancy though just a word on a problem I had earlier today.

Today I have visited the forum to see if I can:

'Open maximised' the one application I have that will not open with its window maximised.

It seems I am not the only Windows user who gets irritated with unusual behaviour from applications.

I have come to learn that the stubborn applications I speak of are rare, but end up causing such irritation precisely because almost every other application opens in the desired state of maximised, so they really are singled out.

In most situations, I find accessing the Properties for a 'shortcut to an application' and selecting 'Run Maximised' does the job, but there is always one or two applications where this does not work.

My solution for this has always been to have the application open, whatever it may be (say AutoCAD for example) and right click the task bar and select to show windows stacked, or side by side, shut the application down, and upon reopening, it always reopens in the same maximised state.

However, if like me you have dual monitors, and your task bar is at the bottom of your left monitor and set to auto-hide, then when right clicking on the task bar as it is displayed to get to the 'stacked/side by side' options, some stubborn applications take the taskbar screen space into account. So every time the application ... Read more

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Some programs I use need to have hints, or tips, shown. A debugger is the most important example for me but for my customers it is the apps I develop. If I maximize a window then hints are turned off as though I'm in tablet mode which I am not.
It seems as though maximized windows in W10 are treated as though you are in tablet mode.

Anyone know how to get hints t show in a maximized window?

Answer:Show hints (tooltips) for maximised window in windows 10

Are you sure the window in question isn't being treated as 'on top'? (That's a feature you need a 3rd party program to expose as far as I know).

Perhaps you can specify the program you're having problems with.

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Win 7 64, suddenly when I click on the minimise button the window (any) just shuts and doesn't minimise to the task bar.

I run Windowblinds but it was fine till now.

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
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Antivirus: Trend Micro Titanium Internet Security, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Answer:windows minimise just closes window

I would start by removing Windowblinds.

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My mum's laptop (windows 7) has this program installer on it that opens on startup, has no title, no exit/minimise buttons and nothing on the start bar/system tray. There's nothing in task manager that jumps out at me as not supposed to be there (but then even the system processes tend not to have obvious names that tell you what they are) and it stays on top of everything else waiting for you to click the accept button (the only button). How can we be rid of this, and more to the point, why are programs allowed to behave like this? Surely this sort of behaviour should be reserved for OS processes only?

Answer:Window with no title, no exit/minimise buttons

Legend, if you can identify the name of the process that's launching that pesky window then you should be able to uninstall or disable the program. Have a read of my first post on this thread for instructions.
Hopefully that rogue program doesn't open in a maximised window - if it doesn't then you can simply drag it out of the way to allow you to carry out the diagnostics.

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nothing works, ive tried everything that comes up in google.. every possible combination of minimise for a keyboard shortcut, and none will minimise one window !!

any assistance?

so annoying ! want it as a shortcut to a button on my mouse. so tilting that you can no longer do this and it isn't an option in logitech gaming software.. grrr

Answer:minimise single window keyboard shortcut

Windows + Down in firefox doesn't minimise the window
Windows + m minimises all windows
Windows + space + n doesn't work in some applications

How can there not be a shortcut to minimise a single window!!

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My mum's laptop (windows 7) has this program installer on it that opens on startup, has no title, no exit/minimise buttons and nothing on the start bar/system tray. There's nothing in task manager that jumps out at me as not supposed to be there (but then even the system processes tend not to have obvious names that tell you what they are) and it stays on top of everything else waiting for you to click the accept button (the only button). How can we be rid of this, and more to the point, why are programs allowed to behave like this? Surely this sort of behaviour should be reserved for OS processes only?

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I did a fresh install of Windows yesterday and for the first first few reboots, all Aero features were working fine (once I had installed my Nvidia drivers, of course). But for some reason now, a few of the features are broken.

If I for example click the File Explorer shortcut on the superbar, it doesn't open with a cool effect, it just "appears" simply - as if I'm using Aero Basic. Aero Snap works, but the sort of "pulse" or "circle" effect you get around the mouse pointer, doesn't appear. Also when I minimize a window, it simply disappears, instead of the cool effect it usually is.

And yet, Aero Peek works, as does the "Win Key + Tab" window selection AND the full Aero Glass / Transparency effects.

I've already looked under "Adjust performance" settings, Windows had already select all of the Aero effects for me, the only unticked thing was "Save taskbar thumbnail previews".

I've also already ran the Aero troubleshooter with no success.

My WEI is 7.4 and my specs are as follows:
Intel Core i7 3770K
128GB SSD (1.5TB HDD)
8GB RAM (1600Mhz)
Nvidia GTX 560Ti

At first I thought this could be due to my manual setting of the page file (a low 512MB minimum 1024MB maximum) however I can confirm that letting Windows manage my page file again (and rebooting afterwards) has not solved the problem.

It's very annoying having a half-baked Aero experience and I hope you can help me with it.

Th... Read more

Answer:Aero not doing minimise / open window effects anymore

Click on Start menu

Type the following text into the Start Search box: Aero
Click on a search result listing under Control Panel group that named as the following: Find and fix problems with transparency and other visual effects

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My father finds it hard to see the window minimise /resize / close icons as shown below.
I've tried increasing the title bar size but this doesn't make much difference. The high contrast theme does provide more contrast for these icons but the rest of the display is too weird.

How can I can configure these icons to display with more contrast? There must be registry tweak since they can be displayed in high contrast using the high contrast theme.

Answer:How to Make Window Minimise / Close / Resize Icons More Visible?

Hi Steve C

You could use the Keyboard, Windows Key + Down

Hold the Windows Key down and tap Down on your Keyboard 1 time to reduce the window then tap Down again to minimise.

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Question Re: XPS 8700 with Windows 8.1.  if computer is no longer able to boot into Windows.
And Restore is not able to correct issue. 
And Refresh is unable to correct issue.
But Dell Backup and Recovery indicates no issues were found and now asks to Reinstall Operating System.
is Installation Restore/Original Image Media required to complete the Reinstallation usind Dell Backup and Recovery?
Alternatively if the Reset My PC option is used is Installation media required?

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I'm having problems, when I'm on the internet or any page the window like dims at the top (where the minimize,Close buttons are) and I'm unable to type and i have to click back on the window to carry on typing, its as if there's something on the computer trying to access another program while I'm on a different program and its stopping me from using the program I'm on to access the one it's after and i haven't got a clue what it could be anyone got any suggestions? and also i keep losing internet connection every 10-20 mins i have the HP Compaq dx2300 Microtower running on windows 7 ultimate x86

Answer:window keeps dimming and unable to carry on typing until i click back on window

Have you performed a full scan for malware or virus's with a good Antivirus and Malwarebytes?An annoyance program ( malware or gag program ) could be crafted to set window priority so that taking away the priority from where you are at with a window that is say far off in the corner off the screen from view etc.My thoughts are that something like this is stealing the focus on you.There are a bunch of programs out there that a friend could even add to your system to drive you crazy etc such as drunken mouse etc where you try to select stuff and it is not very cooperative etc. So if anyone else uses this system check with them to see if they are playing a gag on you etc.If the Window you are in though fades and it says instead that the program is no longer responding then its a totally different issue than a gag program etc. Do you get any program is no longer responding issues?

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As Edge browser doesn't support modaldialog, I want to pass some value to another window using
From a parent window say A, trying to open another window - ChildWindow.htm using I am unable to pass string value from A.

var dialog ="Child_Window.htm?", "title", "width=550px, height= 350px,left=100,top=100,menubar=no,status=no,toolbar=no");

dialog.MyVariable = "some string value";
dialog.opener = window;

In Child window, I get undefined reading the variable in the second window.


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hello friends, i just upgraded my laptop hp g62 (intel pentium  p6100 @2.00ghz) to window 10 since then have not been able to coonect to wifi network, whenever i wanna connect it says unable to connect to this network have tried to update the drivers using lan cable but whnenever i uses wifi it doesnt connect. am frustrated. pls i need ur help to fix the problems. thanks

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Recently got a copy of Window XP Prof (Upgrade version). Upgraded my computer from Window ME to XP. Everything was alright except the Norton Anti-virus and the Firewall. I, therefore, uninstall Window XP. The problems even worse. Window ME won't work probably, so I reformated HD and reinstalled from Window 95 to ME. Then reinstalled Window XP, in halfway it couldn't find the following files:

and so have to uninstall it again. Anyone know what causing this? The installation disk seem fine (no scatch), I copy the above-mention files to another disk, it still say couldn't find the files. Anyone please help. Thank you heaps.


Answer:Unable to reinstall Window XP from Window ME

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I am using window 7 32 bit .when i connect my samsung galaxy to the window windows unable to copy files from galaxy. Every time it says device attech to the system is not function . And in other pc it works good.    i installed new window.

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Hi All,

I am running Windows Vista Home edition and have Mozilla and Windows IE 8.0 installed. Whenever I start up the computer and turn on Mozilla, after a few minutes IE opens a window saying that it is unable to open the window "Favorit". It doesn't conect to the internet, even though it should be able to. This happened before and after I installed IE 8. I've run Symantec Virus Scan with 0 results. I've posted this before, but nobody has been able to fix the problem. Does anyone have any ideas?



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When I open a programme, ie WORD, the Window opens only in what I think is the "Resored Down" size (Not maximiized or minimised, if that makes sense). Is there any way I can change it so that each Window (ie Internet Explorer or WORD) I open is Maximized.ThanksDD

Answer:Maximised & minimised (AND IN BETWEEN)

Please make a "screenshot" of the problem and post it to click here and post the address to your image...

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Hiya, just wanted to find out how I can get Internet Explorer to run maximised when it's run. At the moment, when I open it I have to maximise it.

Answer:Need IE to open Maximised when run...

HI there, try this easy one, it usually works.When you open IE(or any window), if you place your cursor on the bottom right corner ,then drag-and drop towards the bottom right corner of your desk top, you should find that it will open to that size next time round.

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For some reason, when I click on a previously saved web link, IE6 opens not maximised. It used to but now doesn't.If I open the program from the Quicklaunch toolbar it opens maximised as I selected in its properties.Any clues as to how I get the program to open maximised at all times - I'm up to a Registry Hack if that's the only way.Thanks, I don't really know why its done this, perhaps something got changed somewhere along the line.

Answer:IE6 Opening not maximised

Open an IE window which contains a link, click that link to open the second window. **DRAG** this second window to the size you wish (maximised), then minimise it to the taskbar using the - in the top righthand corner. This will leave you looking at the original window containing the link you clicked, close this original window using the x is the top righthand corner. Now restore the dragged window from the taskbar and close it using the x in the top righthand corner. From now on your windows should open at the size you dragged that window to.

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As the title suggests, how do I get the windows to be maximised when I go into Internet Explorer 6?Thanks

Answer:IE 6 won't open windows maximised!

I recommend Autosizer click here

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Hi Guyswhen I open IE the window is maximised but any links I click on are not Is there a setting or reg entry that can force all links to open maximisedthks

Answer:open IE windows maximised

Shut down IE. Reopen it. Open a second window (presumably minimised). Close down original windows and then resize second window to full screen.Close second window. On rebooting the problem should (but not always unfortunately) be solved.

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This week, when I click on a link in IE, the window only opens medium - size instead of fully maximised. Tonight, when I opened IE it also appeared medium sized. What can I do to correct this ?TIA

Answer:In IE windows not opening maximised

Close the first window.Drag the small one to fill the screen - do not use the Maximise button.File/Close (not X).The next time Windows should remember your settings.

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Does anyone know how to use aero in maximised windows?
I know you can use Vistaglazz , but I don't like it.Is there some sort of registry hack of some sort?

Answer:Use Aero In Maximised Windows

I cant take all the credit for this but i think i have a way to maximize glass so here goes. open up your aero.msstyles file with resource hacker and click on variant then click on normal then click on 1033. save the 1033 file as a binary file. now open up winhex or any other binary file program that you use and go down to line 00023c43 and find the first set of letters "ff" . simply change those to "00." You can also go to 00023c40 and on that line find the firsti instance of "ff". save your new binary file. now go back to resource hacker and go back to variant, normal, 1033 and replace the 1033 with the one you just made on winhex. place your modified msstyles file in your aero theme and bam! maximized windows with glass baby!!! i posted this on aeroxp yesterday and you can see screenshots there if u like.

resource hacker...........

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Hello I hope someone can help me , how do you get IE6 to open with the page maximised, I cant for the life of me remember how you do it. A minor problem I know but it,s annoying none the less. ThanksBrian

Answer:Open with "maximised" page in IE6

ok try this, from the start menu, select IE fron the menu & right click (does not work from a desktop shortcut) Properties and from the run box select maximised.hth

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Why is it that everytime I maximise a window, then close it, the next time I open it - it is not maximised and only takes up half a screen. Dang it! When I tell my laptop to do something I want it done. Grrr, is there a way to fix this?

Answer:Stay maximised, dang you!

what OS are you on?

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When I first loaded Outlook 2007, it would open maximised. I have ticked hide when minimised which is what I want,but it opens in the system tray, and I then have to click it to maximise. Can I get it to open max and then minimise to tray?

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When maximised my web pages do not fill my screen.
Any advice?


Answer:[SOLVED] maximised web page?

As far as I know, this is a graphical glitch. I get it sometimes when I lauch a broswers straight after playing a game that changes my screen resolution. However, once the game has exited fully, it goes back to normal.

Does it do the same thing with other programs, or just web browsers?

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I have tried all manner of fixes for this wretched problem from sfc chldsk to dragging and dropping and trying to find a fix in the Advanced tab in IE Tools > net options and nothing but nothing works I either get the screen opening "maximized" meaning it opens in a slightly smaller area than the screen with the toolbars showing or have to hit the max button and it will open with the double square max button (see pic) and it will for while open in that manner before reverting back.

I know how to make it open full screen but that is not what I want.

My email (WLM) also opens with this double square max button and it is driving me nuts - any ideas anyone please?

Answer:IE11 will not open maximised

This is a problem had by many. Give this a try. Go to search by the start button. Type internet explorer. When you see it pop up, right click the properties then run maximized. You have helped so many, hope that we could do the same for you.
If that does not work
Open IE, stretch to the size you want, then hit the max button close. Now see if it works right.

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Can I set up XP Home so that every time I open a window it goes straight to "Maximised"?For example, when I open a thread in a new window it always opens "minimised" and I want it to open at maximum size.

Answer:opening windows maximised

open your new window, not maximize it but instead drag the corners to fill the screen.close the window while holding down shift and when you open it again it will fill the screen.

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I just did a fresh Vista Ultimate 32bit install and I can't get WMP to open in a normal window(which it is set to run as in the shortcut properties).

If I 'un-maximise' it and make the window the size I want it, close it, then
re-open it the program is maximised again. (I have checked to make sure that WMP has actually closed in task manager.)

I've tried taking it out of full mode, into compact mode and also tried putting it in skin mode but as soon as I re-open, it is maximised again.

I have also tried toggling the 'Fit video to player on resize' and 'fit player to video on start' options with no luck.

I have also tried uninstalling divx & xvid codecs.
Being a new install I have the latest graphics & motherboard drivers installed.

The solution appears to be somewhere in the shortcut line;
"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /Prefetch 1 /Task:NowPlaying ---Opens WMP 11 in the window size I last used but on the Library Pane.

"C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\wmplayer.exe" /prefetch:1 /Task:NowPlaying ---Opens on the now playing tab but once again it is maximised and doesn't remember the size or place it was when I closed it.

I had this problem last time I installed vista and must have solved it by just copying & pasting the shortcut link but it seems there are different ones available.

If anyone has a solution it would be much appreciated as it is driving me mad.

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Answer:WMP 11 Keeps Opening in Maximised Mode

worth a try restore the window to the size you require hold down the control key before closing the window.

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Hi all,

I was wondering, is there a way of adding perhaps a command parameter to the target option in a shortcut, so that when I click on the shortcut, whatever it is opening, it opens it maximised?

For example, adding a line such as -Open Maximized onto the end of the target parameter?



Answer:How do I open a shortcut so it starts maximised?

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I have a 27 inch Dell screen and with Vista when I opened a page in IE8 it would fill the screen but since upgrading to Windows 7 I have to manually expand the page to fit the screen. It is annoying!

Answer:How can I get IE8 pages to open maximised in Win7

Right-click your IE shortcut/icon and click "Properties". Under the "Shortcut" tab, there is a drop-down menu named "Run". Choose "Maximized". Apply. OK.


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Since reloading XP I am finding that when I want to create a new e-mail the e-mail window is not defaulting to maximum (same with IE). Can you tell me what setting I need to change to correct this?

Answer:Outlook Express & IE Windows not maximised

Just point to a corner of the window and drag to the size you want. It should remember that next time you open it. No need to have it set to maximum.Brian

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Wonder if anyone could throw some light on this problem.

I have just tried to open Windows Internet explorer 5 in a "not full size" window and it shrinks itself to an icon, randomly placed in one of the corners of the screen. It will not display other than full size.

My Java and ActiveX where and are turned off. Uninstalling IE5 and reinstalling has not helped.

Is there a registry edit I can do to return IE5 to its former self. Wiping the hard drive is not an option.

Would be very grateful for any help.

Answer:[Resolved] IE5 browser will only open maximised

If you are launching IE from a shortcut, right click on that and select "properties". In the "run" field, select "normal window".

Also close out IE completely and run regedit

Navigate to the key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main

With the folder "main" highlighted on the left, look for the value Window_Placement in the Right hand pane and Right click on that and delete it.

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A little niggle, but it is driving me nuts! When I open IE from my tool bar I get a full screen window (good). However, when I'm looking at a web page and want to open a link in a new page (by right click and 'open in new window') it always opens as a small little box that I then need to resize/ maximise (bad). The strange thing is that sometimes the size and position of the opening window changes ...but I've no idea what I did to make it happen. Any thoughts people?

Answer:IExplorer. 6 - how to open 'maximised' windows

Try I E Windows Maximiser free download click here

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Hi Guys, have a problem I can't seem to work out or find a solution for, on my new dell any time I maximise a window it won't maximise the buttons all the way to the top as you can see in the picture. It doesn't matter which program it is, iTunes, chrome, folders, everything has the buttons about 5mm from the top of the screen. Does anyone know of any solution to this issue. Resolution set to 1920x1080 if that's any help.

Thanks in advance.

Answer:Maximised windows not all the way to top of screen (annoying)

Have you tried to drag the program to the top of the screen, that should maximise it to fill the screen.

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Here is the tricky question which seems nobody ever asked.
It's not classic type of problem "hey, why my programs dont open maximised" ?
They do if i close them with "x"
They dont when if minimise window, right click on it and chose "close window" After that when i run any program, movie, winamp, anything, it always opens in some random shaped window. Why not maximised ? I want that!!

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I have the taskbar on auto hide.

Also, if I have the window near the bottom of the screen and I activate the taskbar it goes partially behind the window! #firstworldpains

Bit annoying that, is there something wrong with my settings?

Answer:Why can't I view the taskbar when I have windows maximised?

What if you turn Auto-hide off? I Lock my taskbar and Use small icons. When I maximize a window my taskbar is still visable ...

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Question: Minimise

when using any programme Outlook express, Word Excel etc when the minimise button is used the programme retreats behind the START button and can not be retrieved. In some cases placing the cursor over the START button and pressing Alt space bar causes a new window to appear that allows me to select Restore ,minimise and close. any HELP would be appreciated


Do a screen capture and show me.

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e.g. Documents, Pictures, Music

The ones that are on the right hand list in the start menu; how do i get them to open maximised when i click on them?

running windows vista home.


Answer:open folders maximised from the start menu

whe you open - maximise the size using the middle icon in top right hand side - square between the _ and X
Now use

see if that now works ok

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System W98SE IE v6.0 SP1When using IE I frequently right click on a link to open it in a new window. That window was normally smaller and one needed to click the Maximize button to cover the whole screen.In February I took the advice of VOG click here in his post of 08/02/04 @ 21:11 hrs and from then on my windows have opened fully maximised. However two days ago IE suddenly reverted to opening windows at less than maximum. I repeated VOG's method which then worked until the next re-boot when it again reverted to less than maximum. This has now happened three times. If VOG is on line can he, or anyone else, please tell me if there is a means to stabilise this setting so that windows ALWAYS open fully maximised?

Answer:Setting to open windows maximised is unstable

Sorry I don't know another way. You could try Powerless' method of editing the registry.

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Is this at all possible?

For example, i have a video stream open on one of my monitors, mute and maximise it and proceed to use another screen, on current settings the video will go back to normal size in the browser window
Is it possible to keep it maximised while muted and working on another monitor?

Thanks for any help

Answer:Keeping flash player maximised while muted?

That all depends. Is this within a browser or a video you have on your PC? If within a browser where is the video being streamed from? Is it a video service like You Tube that has various controls within the video window itself or some other service like NetFlix that just plays within the browser?

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A simple one I hope, a setting has changed on my internet explorer and the pages no longer open as maximised automaticaly which I prefer and is beginning to drive me nuts. Can anyone tell me what I need to reset it so that all new pages maximise automaticaly.I'm running IE 6.0.2800.106 on windows 98.

Answer:Opening internet Explorer pages maximised

Drag the window to fill the screen. Then File/Exit.The next time you open it it should fill the screen.

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My browser (Both IE and Firefox) automatically flicks between maximised (or minimised) and full screen (i.e. F11) The only way I can get it to stop is to hammer escape or F11. I use a logitech wireless keyboard and sometimes if I press the 'connect' button on the back then the problem is temporarily solved, but not always and never for very long.I have tried replacing the batteries but this has made no difference. Any ideas? Its driving me insane!

Answer:Browser flicks between maximised and full screen

Could be a sticking button, has anything been spilt on the keyboard? Switch it off, turn it up side down and give it a few positive thumbs to clean out any debris. An air duster or vacuum cleaner can also be deployed. Do you have a wired keyboard so you can see if it happens with that?

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My friend uses MS Works (version 8 or 8.5, I imagine, as her computer is a little over a year old) on a Vista operating system. When starting its word processor in whatever form, using a shortcut or from the Start menu, for example, the word processor fills part of the screen only. The maximise button has no effect. The bottom edge can be dragged to the bottom of the screen, but the side edges cannot be dragged left or right in the same way. Every attempt to obtain a full screen image has failed. This applies to the word processor only and has only recently occurred; the spreadsheet continues to open properly, for example.

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I'm unable to drag and drop icons from desktop to an open window or open window to open window

what happens is when i hold down the left mouse button to drag an icon from the desktop to an open window

*** the cursor changes to a black circle with a diagonal line going through it (like the no smoking sign symbol)

what is causing this to happen?

thx rob
ps: ONLY copy/cut and paste works now

Answer:unable to drag and drop icons from desktop to an open window or open window to open w

Check this setting. Enable Dragging and Dropping

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Open windows appear to head off for the taskbar, but don't appear there when minimised. The only way I can restore them is by using Task Manager. Any suggestions?

Answer:SP2 windows won't minimise

I uninsytlled SP2, but found the problem still existed. I successfully restored XP from a pre-update restore point. I switched off automatic updates, and downloaded and re-installed SP2. It is now alive and well and living on my PC.

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Question: Minimise/Maximise

I seem to have done it again! When I open a new web page it opens as a "button" in the lower right corner then if I click on maximise it goes to full screen but the maximise icon (middle one top right) now has a double square instead of the single blank square. How do I reset it to open normally?


Problem seems to have corrected itself.

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I am doing a assessment,and have got a bit stuck. I am using Microsoft works word processor and have typed a few paragraphs and saved them. Now comes the part I am stuck on. It says to practice using the programme controls to: 1. Maximise 2. Minimise 3. Restore 4. Resize 5. Move. The works window. Take screen prints of my work and paste them below(in the order that they are listed above) as evidence that I have compleated this task. I understand it but I am just a bit confused on how to do it. Please give me some help, I need it.


In the top right of any explorer window are three buttons, from left to right minimize, restore or maximize(switches to the other) and do the work you have to do, click one of the buttons, then on your keyboard press the print screen or prt scrn button. then open the document you are working on, go a couple of lines below the text and press the ctrl and V buttons, this will paste the image on the document.hope this helps

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hey people.. need some help..

jus installed windows xp pro sp2 x64 ... downloaded all the updates from msoft site... there's one problem and its with windows media player 11... when you minimise they dont give you the option to allow you to minimise it to taskbar microsoft eeven downloaded the hotfix for it but still no difference ...

anyone know how to fix this to get it working please as ive been using x32 but now built a new pc and its x64..


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Hi FolksJust lately Ive noticed strange behavious in Firefox. If I try to minimize it, it sometimes refuses to do so, but the minimize button just flickers. After a few minutes its ok, but Im just wondering has anyone else had this strange behaviour!?h

Answer:Firefox will not minimise

your in good company ;o)click here

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when i try to minimise an applcation the window disappears

Answer:minimise an application

Basic things first...
1. Does it happen in all programs?
2. Are you sure your clicking the correct button to minimize?
3. Are you sure the applications are actually closing, or maybe they just go to the system tray?

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Do you happen to know of a way you can open existing Notepad files maximised?

I'm getting a bit irritated having to maximise these txt files all the time and wondered if you knew of a way of doing this? (I'm running XP).

BTW, I don't have a problem with new files as I amended the shortcut properties to open the program maximised but that doesn't help with existing ones....

Many thanks!


Answer:(Solved) Is there a way to open existing Notepad files MAXIMISED?

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Internet explorer has just started to open windows from links on pages unmaximised, how do I get it to return to opening a new page maximiesed when I click on a link on a page?

Answer:Internet Explorer in XP links wont open maximised

Click on a link to open a small window.Close all other Internet Explorer windows.Drag the sides of the small window to fill the screen (do not use the Maximize button).Close the window using File/Close (not the X).In future, windows should open full-screen.

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My granddaughter complained to me that she cannot play Mahjong Titans in Windows 7 on my PC. Each time she opens it and starts to play it is ok for about one minute. It is then the icon in the task bar is jumping from side to side. As she continues to play the screen flashes until eventually it minimises to the tray. I have also tried this on my sons laptop and it is the same. On both instances the machines have been upgraded to Windows 7 from Vista. Can anyone help to resolve this as it is irritating and I do not know the answer.

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This is a weird one.

I have a PC which boots up okay and I can double click on any icon, they open and when I minimise them they minimise. When I start Internet Explorer it all works fine with other icons maximising and minimising as they should. However when I close Internet Explorer I can't click on any icons and when I select them from the Start, Programs menu they start but won't minimise.

I have no idea why this is happening as it's a brand new XP build on an old PC.

Any thoughts?

Answer:Solved: Windows won't minimise

try bringing up your task manager>processes tab scroll down to ieexplore and end process,click file>new task and type in ieexplore.reboot your machine. if that does not work go back in task manager and this time select explorer.exe and end process,click file>new task and type in explorer.exe and reboot

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Hello; My Word 2003 documents have suddenly stopped minimising or restoring down when I click on the icon at the top right of the page. The document just flashes off and back immediately. I don't think I have done anything to cause this, but wondered if anyone can help? Thanks.

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when using vista the windows I work within maximise and minimise when i click anywhere within the window. It is purely random. Some windows fail to close as it does not recognise the cursor placed on the 'X'. Then next time around there is no problem. I presume this is down to a driver problem but which one and where will I get an update?

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This has been a problem now for over a month. Every time I click in the top right hand corner to minimise a program window (it doesn't matter what program) it refuses to minimise.

I've tried searching the net and these forums, but I haven't found anyone with a problem like mine lol!



Answer:Program Windows Will Not Minimise

What happens when you press the Windows key (the key on your keyboard that has the Windows logo on it) and D on your keyboard?

Hold down the Windows key and press D.

Let me know what happens.

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Well the subject title says it all really doesn't it?! But for those of you who don't want to read between the it possible to maximise/minimise explorer windows without using the mouse and by only using the keyboard??MS Help & Support is about as helpful as a chocolate teapot on the subject.

Answer:Maximise/Minimise without using the mouse?

"MS Help & Support is about as helpful as a chocolate teapot on the subject." and here's the proof click here

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Normally when I want to clear the desktop I use Win + M. But suddenly that no longer minimises all Explorer windows. Any applications that are open are minimised, but the folders stay open.

Can anyone suggest possible cause and fix please?

Terry, East Grinstead, UK

Answer:Win+M doesn't minimise folders

I rebooted and happily that fixed it. -- Terry, East Grinstead, UK

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There is a placed at the Right hand side of the Notification area where you can minimise all the open windows to clear the desktop. There does not appear to be a way to create short cut to put this icon in a more convenient place, such as the task bar. Any ideas please?Thanks David

Answer:Minimise Open Windows on W7

click here

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Hi Guys,

Great new look forum.

I am using Windows 7 Prof and have a question about how to turn off auto minimising.

I don't know how to describe it but it's so annoying.

If I have a browser open for instance and click on say options it briefly shows then minimises itself to the taskbar, I then hover over it and click on it it opens but then minimises again, It's driving me mad.

I think it may be some new way for W7 to work but have done searches and can't find the answer.

Does anyone know why this happens and is there a way to disable it.

Thanks for any help.



Answer:Why do pages etc auto minimise?

I've never seen something like that before

Does it happen in any application, or just browsers?

Also, does the same thing happen in Safe Mode?

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When I open say, firefox, and minimise the window, it usualy minimises to the task bar.
But to day I tried to minimise any window, email, firefox anything, and the window just vanished, it did not revert to the task bar.
The only way I can get back to a window I have opened, is to press control/alt/delete and double click the application in windows task manager.
Any ideas?
I have played around with the task bar with no effect.
Thank you

Answer:Cannot minimise windows to task bar

Shut pc down, unplug from mains and hold in the power button on tower for 30 seconds. (This clears the non-volatile memory etc)
Plug back in and boot up.
This often clears little glitches in Windows Op Sys.

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Several games I play will minimise after playing for a while. The screen goes black, the monitor shuts off briefly and I am unable to open the game again (crashes, but a little grey bar appears at the top right of the screen with the game name displayed), but I can hear the game music/sfx in the background. I've had this issue with Fallout4 Man'o'war Cosair and Savage Lands. I've had this issue before with a previous graphics card (Nvidia GT250). I've checked the file integrity via SFC and no issues were encountered. My graphics drivers are all up to date. There doesn't seem to be another program trying to open up. Any help would be appreciated.

Answer:Games minimise and crashing.

The GPU times out. There's a registry setting you can use to extend the timeout period. I've run into this a few times, but cannot for the life of me think of what it is called right now.

OK, found that pretty quick.

Run regedit to launch the registry editorNavigate to the following location:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\GraphicsDriversIf the TdrDelay key doesn't already exist, create it with type REG_DWORD (Even on a 64-bit OS)The value represents the timeout threshold in seconds. I believe the default is 2. Try 5 for starters, you can increase it if you need to.Reboot.

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For the members of MT that use their own hosting/email provider ,do you deploy spf and/or dkim and DMARC(curious to learn the policy deployed) to reduce spam levels?

I personally have already deployed Dmarc on my domain with reject as policy.

Answer:How do you minimise email spam?

I use Google Mail and the spam filter works perfectly fine for me so I do not need to do anything additional myself, I almost always never receive any spam into my main Inbox... I only find e-mails which I actually need there. However, if I go into my actual Spam folder, there'll be tons of course... The filter works well for me.

Then again, I only bother reading e-mails I am expecting. If you e-mail me and I wasn't expecting it then it simply won't be read.

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For some reason I have lost the three buttons from the Messages pages normally seen at the top right of all Windows Live pages (Minimise to toolbar, minimise in size and close). Can anyone help me get them back? It really is a pain not having them there!

Answer:Close and Minimise Buttons

Sorry I didn't get it, but if its related of Live Essentials.
Re-installation or Repair of Windows Live Essentials could be helpful.

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I'm sure this is a simple thing to cure but I don't know how. Basically when I minimise a program whatever it might be it used to still be there on the taskbar so I could switch between programs. I have no idea what I've altered but obviously I've changed something. When I minimise any window it vanishes without a trace and in order to get back to the window I have to press CTRL, ALT, DEL to bring up the taskmanager and then double click on the program to open it again. Can anyone tell me what I've inadvertantly altered and how to get it back to what it was before. Thanks.

Answer:Windows disappear when I minimise

Anyone got a clue?

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Is there a way of making Outlook Express minimise to the task bar (or whatever the thing in the bottom right hand corner with the icons in it is called)?

Answer:Minimise Outlook Express

That is the system tray; there are some third party utilities but I don't know if they work with OE.

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So i've been playing some games at work recently and i'm need of a program that can minmise the current window with the press of a button (that i can set). The shortcut alt+space+n doesn't work and google just keeps giving me different versions of trayit.
Any help is appreciated.

Answer:A program to minimise on keybind?

You could try playing the games at home and working at work...

I don't think we should be assisting you activities on work PC's that are not work related. Closing thread.

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This is silly little problem but very irritating. Screen can be placed on the tool bar ie completely minimised but will not go to half screen size although when clicked on does shudder.Review of repair to IE6 suggests control panel/IE6 and repair but I cannot find IE6. (I am not happy to click on repair XP Office Pro without reassurance).

Answer:IE6 minimise screen problem

"Half size" isn't really an option.When you click the middle option, you are given the option then to resize.

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During the playing of any full screen game, if anything happens on my desktop, for example if i get disconnected from the net and the connection dialog pops up to try and reconnect then my game minimises and i have to restore the window to get back into it!

Also On a few games (Not all) if i dont move the mouse or press a key for more than 30 seconds, the game minimises also...

Even if i close down ALL background programs the problem still occurs

Has anyone else experienced this problem, does anyone have any suggestions?

AMD64 FX-53
GeForce 6800 Ultra
2gig PC2600 DDR
All drivers are up to date, i have no spyware or virusses
WindowsXP home

If you need any more info please ask.

TIA confused

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I do not know how to make a screen smaller and if I send to the really minimise (-) I cannot find out how to maximise again so have to start all over. Have accidentally made a half screen but that is lateral and I cannot alter size of screen. Help.

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I have been using Office 2010 quite happily on a laptop with Windows 7 but cannot get Word 2010 to work on my Windows XP SP3 machine.

All the other Office 2010 applications work OK and most of Word works.

What I cannot do is minimise or close a document using the top right hand boxes.

If I click any of them Word freezes and I have to use Task Manager to close the application.

I can close it by using the File > Exit route.

I have completely removed all versions of Office from the XP through 2003 and 2007 versions that were on the machine.
I then ran a regedit search and removed all references I could find to Office.

I then ran CCleaner to scan for errors and cleaned the registry.

Then I cleaned the registry with the registry cleaner from UniBlue.

Then I did a clean install of Office 2010

Problem exactly the same.

It's not a show stopper but makes for inconvenience as I like to move open documents to a second screen or to shrink them so I can see other documents from which I need text.

Any assistance will be gratefully received although as I travel often please forgive me if I am slow to respond.



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Does anybody know how I can get a "minimise all" shortcut on my desktop (or quick launch bar), rather than using the "Show Desktop" icon? i.e. I want a shortcut that performs the action of pressing Win+M.

I know that if I wanted to get a "Show Desktop" icon I'd create a new text document and type:





and save it as .scf but this isn't what I'm after...



Answer:Minimise All Desktop Shortcut?

OK, i went through all the possibilities as creating a vbs script which could launch a scf file, then open sidebar.exe.
Though it worked fine i was not really satisfied with the method as it uses a trick vs the Windows Key + M which uses the system.
Then i remembered that i had the shell apllications commands somewhere, did not find them but remembered some simple commands and just wrote this very small vbs script which seems to work fine.

Open Notepad, copy/paste these lines:

Dim WshShell
Set shell = wscript.CreateObject("Shell.Application")

Save as ShowDesktop.vbs for example, anywhere on your hdd.

Then create a shortcut on your desktop which refers to the vbs file, name it Show Desktop, change the icon to one of those that you can find in explorer.exe (or the icon of your choice in any library) and put this shortcut in your quick launch bar and delete the original one (you could put it back whenever you want).
That's all!

Hope it helps.

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Hey All!,
Thought id share my work for others as i see this alot on the web, BUT id like two questions answerd first.
Im buidling an envitroment for 8 call center uses as they often get confused about haveing two desktops so were trying to make it easyer for them.
but even with this simple easy setup they seem to still brake it,

they run a Softphone and RDP. thats it.
Windows 10 Pro
No desktop exprence
Id like to force the phone app to be ontop of the rdp session.
we'd like it also so RDP cant be minimsed with out the title bar, currently its set to auto hide, but they can tab out of it.
Any ideas on this?

**Further testing.** We tyred with Sleep isnt a good option ,as the Limeted user gets the option to log back in.
as we have cisco switches theres a delay in the network starting on the pc, issue were getting from time to time the clients cant see the server so the pc shuts down. some have the ping command in to delay the command futher for 10secs for example.
Could someone suggest any edits to this?

Due to the power down issue we have changed to this its better to keep the pc on, single script:
mode con: cols=40 lines=10
@echo Please dont close this window.
@echo off
TITLE Please dont close this window.
timeout 10 >nul
start C:\BroadSoft\UC-One\Communicator.exe
timeout 20 >nul
start /wait "C:\" mstsc.exe /public /v:ts06 /f
set /P c=Y to shutdown, N to reconnect.[Y/N]?
if /I "%c%" EQU "Y" go... Read more

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