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Windows 7: Windows positioning


28 Feb 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 
Windows positioning

This might be a question that's already discussed a lot, somehow I can't find a proper solution.

Question: can I force Windows to open certain applications where I want them and keep my preferred window size as well?

At the moment, this is a "per application" issue. Windows Explorer will usually remember it's size. Command prompt actually has a configurable option that I can use to place it where I want. This is very nice and that's what I want to have on other windows. Other applications (most annoyingly, emacs) don't have that feature at all, they are always opened in the same place and in the same size, and force me to constantly move and re-size them.

I am aware of partial solutions, such as ShellFolderFix, and third-party software solutions such as Window Manager, but I would think that Window placement is an inherent task for the window manager and should be handled by Windows without any third party software running.

So, the ultimate question is - is the positioning option a unique property of the Command Prompt, or it may somehow be unlocked for other application windows as well?

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01 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hmm, no replies, huh?
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01 Mar 2011   #3

W7 Professional x64
 
 

So, if I'm understanding correctly, you're opening programs in less-than-full-screen, and they aren't staying where you put them/the shape you make them? Is this every program you use, or just a specific one? I've found that after setting it a specific size, it retains that size upon reopening.

I'll try again on my work machine tomorrow to see if I can create you problem, but my programs shapes/sizes (I don't use full screen since I've a 25.5" touchscreen at home. I have Chrome on half and IRC on the other 90% of the time) always seem to hold.
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01 Mar 2011   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Yes, I almost never use the full-screen windows, with rare exceptions. Indeed, some programs do remember their position, Firefox does for example. Other programs (emacs for example) do not.

What I want really, is the per-window control over its size and position, similar to what's available for the Command Prompt. If you right-click on the Command Prompt short-cut and choose properties, then the little pop-up window has a "Layout" tab which does exactly what I want - it controls the size and position of the Command Prompt window. This tab is absent in all other short-cuts, as far as I know. The question is whether it is at all possible to have it there as well.
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01 Mar 2011   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

I used to use a program called "Sizer" when I was running XP. I'm understanding that you want windows to remember positions, as well. My Firefox does the same as yours, that is, it remembers its position and size, while some of my other programs don't. I don't remember if Sizer allowed windows to remember positions, but I do remember it has a pretty simple interface for changing window sizes fast.

Here's the link if you want to read about it
Sizer Software by Brian Apps
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