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Windows 7: How to resize a window (in W7 ofc) beyond the screen resolution


28 Oct 2013   #1

Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x64, Windows 8.0 Pro x64
 
 
How to resize a window (in W7 ofc) beyond the screen resolution

Hi all,

Disclaimer: I'm new to this forum. Sorry for my bad English (not my native language). I'm desperate for a solution.

Not sure if this is the correct section to post the issue, but I'm having a hard time finding out how can I resize a window past the monitor's resolution. Like moving the window at the bottom then dragging from top margin (keep doing this as much as I want). Apparently Windows does not allow me to do that (window stops from resizing when it reaches the physical screen resolution). Disabled the Aero Snap, just in case...

Additional info:
OS - Windows 7 SP1 Pro x86
Window to be resized - IE
I need at least 2000px height for the IE window even though it is not visible for me.
I use this for some browser automation tests with Selenium and I resize the window automatically from within the script. Works fine on my XP system but gloriously fails on Windows 7.

Any ideas?
Thanks!


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28 Oct 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

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28 Oct 2013   #3

Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x64, Windows 8.0 Pro x64
 
 

Thanks for the welcome!

Regarding your answer, that is not the solution to my problem. Already have those settings done. You can try it yourself and let me know if it actually works for u:
1. Open an IE window (NOT in full screen)
2. Move it (using the mouse) towards the bottom-right of the screen until most of that window disappears (is off the screen)
3. Click and drag the top-left corner of the window to resize it (increase it).
You will see (at least in my case) that the window resizing stops at some point (= screen resolution).

I need to be able to resize it as much as I want (go through steps 2 and 3 over and over again).
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28 Oct 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks for the detailed steps to reproduce.

I wonder what problem MS thought it was solving by imposing this limit.

I see the same limit that you do and AutoIt cannot force a larger size either :-(

Let's see if other forum members have a solution for you.


edit:I could not get it to work for XP*. I wonder if this is a video driver limitation.

*I was using Remote Desktop Connection (RDC/RDP) during the test... so maybe that impacted things.
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28 Oct 2013   #5

Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x64, Windows 8.0 Pro x64
 
 

Well, I thought of being a video driver issue as well, but I have the following:
Win XP SP3 x86 on nVidia - works fine
Win XP SP3 x86 on Intel - works fine
Win 7 pro SP1 x86 on the same Intel as above - doesn't work
Win 8 pro x64 on another nVidia - doesn't work

so, for me it looks like a Windows 7+ "feature"... so sad

Thanks a lot for the effort, though!
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28 Oct 2013   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stresu View Post
Thanks for the welcome!

Regarding your answer, that is not the solution to my problem. Already have those settings done. You can try it yourself and let me know if it actually works for u:
1. Open an IE window (NOT in full screen)
2. Move it (using the mouse) towards the bottom-right of the screen until most of that window disappears (is off the screen)
3. Click and drag the top-left corner of the window to resize it (increase it).
You will see (at least in my case) that the window resizing stops at some point (= screen resolution).

I need to be able to resize it as much as I want (go through steps 2 and 3 over and over again).
Worked for me, and I have snap enabled. Sorry, not sure what to advise here...
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28 Oct 2013   #7

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Thanks andrew. It fails for me inside an 8.1 VM. Do you have a tool that lets you know how big you were able to make the window? If so, did you reach 2000 x 2000?
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29 Oct 2013   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64 Sp1
 
 

Wooops...........I misread

Um, ya. It does not work for me ether. It does stay to whatever my screen resolution is.
I have a good idea as to why Microsoft did this, (and its not something a typical user would do) but it sucks that there does not seem to be a way to do this.....

I feel really dumb now. I guess I didn't understand what the OP meant at first.
Yes it appears in vista and above all programs stay within the limit of the screen resolution.

To compensate I found some solutions that appear in this link:

software rec - What to do if a window is bigger than the screen resolution? - Super User

Looks like a Program could do what you want....
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29 Oct 2013   #9

Windows XP SP3 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x86, Windows 7 SP1 x64, Windows 8.0 Pro x64
 
 

my issue is that I can't use third party software for this. The tool I'm working at, is supposed to be used "solo". Just install and run (at most, ask the customer to change a setting in Windows or do it automatically, but that's it). Oh well...

Thanks for the effort, guys!
All the best!
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