How can I make Google Chrome open links in a new maximized window?

David Albee June 20, 2010

How do I get Chrome to open new windows maximized when I do right-click and open link in new window? Note: I’m not talking about when you open the browser itself, so the answer is not to change the properties of a shortcut to Chrome.

  1. cathy
    May 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    when i try to open a link its says its says your course has opened in a new window, how do i find this. i have tried ctrl/shift ctr./n also open in new tabs nothing works

  2. Darin
    February 25, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I found a solution that works. Using the shortcut on your desktop (Win 7) right click>properties. I changed my target line to this:
    C:UsersAdminAppDataLocalGoogleChromeApplicationchrome.exe -start-maximized

    Adding the start maximixed startup switch to the end of the target line makes a difference. I also clicked on the Run: dropdown menu and selected maximized.

    Now the key to this working is to then place this shortcut on your taskbar (or wherever you usually launch Chrome from) and it will work!

    • Tina
      March 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks for sharing this solution, Darin!

    • Tina
      March 4, 2011 at 3:47 am

      Hey Darin,

      sadly you didn't provide a valid eMail address when you posted this comment. Hence you are not going to be a Runner Up in this week's Best Answer of the Week contest. You missed the chance of winning some cash!

      • DarinG
        March 14, 2011 at 6:39 am

        I did provide my email address. ???

        • Tina
          March 14, 2011 at 7:24 am


          unfortunately, the eMail you provided bounced. Maybe this was a temporary problem, but the chance has passed. Feel free to enter the contest again by answering questions. Good luck!

  3. Larry
    January 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    I use Autosizer to open the programs I want maximized. Chrome is one of them. I still would like a way to get clicked links to open a new window.

  4. Locused Games
    November 30, 2010 at 6:44 am

    Take a look at "Master Chrome's Startup Switches" on . It works!

  5. Fred
    November 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hi guys,

    For those interrested, I found another way to solve the problem (on my system at least, Windows Vista, but probably works for any, as it doesn't seem related to it), that is have the new chrome window opened maximised, with ctrl+n and even with right-clic "open in a new window" function, without having to code anything in shortcuts or else ...

    Here's the trick :

    When you close your "last" open chrome window, it remembers the position and the status (maximised or not). So close all windows except one, make sur that one is maximised, then close it too ...

    Next time you open chrome, the window will be maximised (except if you modified the shortcut to do something else), AND any new window opend even with right-clic on a link and "open in new window" will ALSO be maximised !!

    Gee, finally a straightful easy solution ... works on my system anyways.



    PS : Of course, if one day your new window doesn't open maximised anymore, you probably inadvertenly closed once the last chrome window in a windowed mode, not maximised ... and it remembered it too. Easy to re-fix now.

  6. Taty
    June 22, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Yeap, not an automated option, but if it does help, you can maximize a window just by double clicking on a blank area on the tab strip, on top of the browser window.

    • Belyea2
      February 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

      love trhat

  7. Gary6016
    June 22, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Hold SHIFT and click the link will open it in a new window but not maximised.

    • Albeepd
      June 22, 2010 at 7:28 pm

      Thanks; aware of that trick but getting tired of doing that (or double-clicking on the title bar) on every new window; BTW, sorry for not including this in my original question: my install of Chrome in Vista at home won't do what I want, but my install of Chrome on XP at work does!

  8. Anonymous
    June 21, 2010 at 1:21 am

    It is not possible at this point without using a secondary program. You might want to recommend it on the Chrome forums.

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