How do I start Task Manager (and other apps) always maximized?

  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

    How do I start Task Manager (and other apps) always maximized?

    I just reinstalled Win7 a couple of days ago, and I'm working on reinstalling all of my software, getting system settings back to what I prefer, etc.

    On my previous Win7 installation, Task Manager would always start maximized when I invoked it using CTRL+SHIFT+ESC (that's the key combo I've always used). I'm not sure if the maximized window is something that I forced through a registry setting, or if Windows just "remembered" the last state of the app.

    My question is: Is there a way to start (some) apps so that they're always maximized? I'm familiar with how to accomplish this using a shortcut, but I can't find a method for executables (.exe files, rather than .lnk files).
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  2. Posts : 3,803
    win 8 32 bit

    In most cases if you open an app make it full screen then close it then it will come back full screen
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  3. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    That's actually my problem, and I apologize for not being more explicit. Here's an example of what happens:

    1) Start Task Manager with CTRL+SHIFT+ESC
    2) Task Manager starts; I maximize the window
    3) Do whatever I need to in TM, then close it while it's maximized
    4) Start Task Manager again; the window is no longer maximized - now it's at some default size
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  4. Posts : 3,803
    win 8 32 bit

    It seems lots are having the problem some work arounds
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  5. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
    Thread Starter

    Additional research on my part didn't yield anything new. So, thanks for the link - the first suggestion in the thread was the one I went with: stretch the task manager window to the size I want it (almost maximized), and it'll continue to open at that size.

    Thanks for your help!!
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  6. Ata
    Posts : 1
    Win 10

    For all people who are still struggling with this mess!
    I finally found a solution to ALWAYS open ALL windows file explorer windows maximized:

    • Create a shortcut of your explorer.exe file located in your windows folder C:\Windows\explorer.exe
    • Drag&Drop the shortcut to your taskbar
    • In the target line, at the end add the following " --start-maximized" without ""
    • Additionally i set the "Run" option to maximized

    After this I consistently got the best result. No matter what window size explorer was at any time, including multiple windows not maximized and with different window sizes, all windows always opened maximized!

    I had one issue though:
    As a starting folder explorer always opened the My Documents folder. With editing the explorer run line to this
    • %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /e,::{20d04fe0-3aea-1069-a2d8-08002b30309d} --start-maximized

    i solved the problem. I could not find out why though.

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