How to Set Any Windows Program to Launch Maximized Every Time

Ben Stegner 24-10-2016

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One common annoyance occurs when windows launch at a strange size. When you open Word or Excel, you probably don’t want to be working in a window that’s 10% of your screen size. Opening it and clicking Maximize every time gets tedious, and while keyboard shortcuts will get you there faster Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More , there’s a better way.

To force any Windows program to open maximized by default, here’s what you need to do.

First, you’ll need a shortcut for the program. The easiest way to do this is to search for the app you want in the Start Menu, then right-click it and choose Pin to Taskbar. Right-click on the app’s icon on the Taskbar, then right-click again on the app’s name in the resulting menu and choose Properties.

Now, you can edit the settings for the selected app. On the Shortcut tab under the Run: field, change the value from Normal Window to Maximized. That’s all you need to do! Any instance of that program you launch will be launched at full size, so there’s no messing around with maximizing it.

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Do you prefer to have most windows maximized at launch, or do you like to have them arranged in a different way? Share your preferences below!

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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Gordon Hay
    May 24, 2017 at 8:00 am

    In almost all cases it is not necessary to create a shortcut by pinning a program to the taskbar to set the window template because there is already a system shortcut in the Start Menu>Programs folder. After right-clicking on the program in Start Menu (as above) select Open File Location instead and then use the same steps to set the window type.