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Windows 7: How to open IE 8 in full screen mode every time?

28 Mar 2013   #1

Windows 7 Professional x64
How to open IE 8 in full screen mode every time?

Hey all,

I am actually trying to get this to work on a Windows XP laptop running windows XP Pro.

It's my daughters laptop I passed down to her.

I have it set to automatically launch IE and open on startup.

However I want to set it up to open in full screen mode. Currently it just keeps opening in regular maximized mode.



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28 Mar 2013   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Pro 64-bit

See if this helps:

Locate Internet Explorer in your start menu (possibly under all programs.) Right click on it and in the context menu that opens, click on properties.

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The internet explorer properties dialog box will open. From the "run" drop down box select maximized, then click apply, then OK.

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29 Mar 2013   #3


Simple solution:
  1. Click Start
  2. Drag "Internet Explorer" to the desktop.
  3. Now right-click the shortcut > Click Properties.
  4. At the end of the target line, add a space and then, this: -k so that it looks like:

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  5. Now click OK.
  6. Now add this shortcut to your startup items.
  7. Done. Easy and simple.

NOTE: You'll need to use Alt+F4 key combination to close Internet Explorer.

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07 Apr 2013   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64

@ nilank

That works perfect! That's exactly what I wanted..

However, that requires that you set the default home page to said website.

Is there any way to make that shortcut open a speciffic website other than the default homepage?


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07 Apr 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


Absolutely, just add your website in the same target. It would look like this:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" -k

Just replace the website with whatever you'd like the shortcut to open.
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07 Apr 2013   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

Use your mouse to resize the IE window to full screen then close it. It will open to that size from then on. The window you've resized must be the last one to be closed for IE to retain the size of a window.
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