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Windows 7: Retaining Windows Size

22 Feb 2010   #1

Windows 7
Retaining Windows Size

Dell Intel Core 2 Duo Processor E7500 Computer
Inspirion 545s 00
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
6GB Memory
750GB Hard Drive

Earlier this evening I had about 6 windows open all checked with "SHOW SIDE BY SIDE." Since then, I've been unable to get many of my windows to open back to the maximized view. I clicked on that option again thinking it would no longer show things side by side.

Now windows open in the top part of the monitor screen in the top 1/4 horizontally. Hope that makes sense. When I had XP, I was able to resize the screen manually, hold the control key down, and left click on the red X. When reopening, the screens would be maximized.

How can I get my screens back to opening full screen mode rather than in the top 1/4 and only seeing about 3 inches downward? I would prefer not to have to maximize each and every screen.

This was not an issue until I had the 6 windows side by side this evening. I've used the side by side option before but only for 2 windows to be horizontallly side by side, not 6. Did it confuse the pc (LOL)?

Thanks for any help,


My System SpecsSystem Spec

22 Feb 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate (32 bit)

Have you tried expanding the screen using the outside edges to maximum size.
also this can work
Double click on the top Blue Bar of the screen.

I hope this is what you ar etalking about.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
22 Feb 2010   #3
Microsoft MVP


You should be able to program the size a windows opens to by dragging it to that size, then clicking the Maximize box a few times. This doesn't always work in Windows 7 however, so on some installs I use Autosizer as I have given up on trying to fix it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec

23 Feb 2010   #4

Windows 7
retaining window size

Thanks for your responses - I appreciate that!

I tried all of the above to no avail; however, as the evening wore on last night, it seems like they "finally" went back in place automatically. Weird!! Must be a Windows 7 thing (LOL)! I just didn't like having to resize the screen each time I opened something different. Thanks again.

My System SpecsSystem Spec

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