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Windows 7: Make Windows 7 remember window positions and size!

05 Nov 2009   #131
JoeyCalamaro

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Unfortunately I can't test it right now. My quad monitor setup is a dual boot partition on my Mac Pro workstation. My little test here was just on a VM on my desktop. I'll try to remember to test it in the AM, however.

Obviously I can confirm that it didn't work prior to the hack. :-) Most of the Microsoft apps always launched on monitor one, no matter where I placed them. Firefox seemed to have ADHD; every window spawned on a new monitor, randomly (though in fairness I did often keep Firefox windows on multiple monitors). Offhand the only app that ever remembered its position was Trillian.


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06 Nov 2009   #132
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MrDeviance View Post
Why aren't thousands of people posting in this topic by now?
Is it because windows 7 sucks so much that people didn't get it again, or is it because everybody uses a single window for the whole os? Or maybe there is a much more popular forum that deals with this thing and I don't know about it?
This was voted "Best Windows Website 2009" so there is no popular Windows based website past this one

Second this issue is neither showstopper or important for that matter. If this issue prevented you from physically using the OS (not mentally) than I would understand.

If you don't like it than either contact Microsoft and complain, use a different OS, or suck it up and learn to live with it. I don't mean to sound harsh but you are thinking only of your issue and not of how this issue relates to the whole...you are being single-minded

Speak for yourself, showstopper for me, Win 7 is POS IMO.
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06 Nov 2009   #133
helmutcheese

Vista (Hate Win 7)
 
 

BTW, I know peeps keep posting fixes for Vista but they DO NOT work in Win7.

Vista had this function but code left over from XP was the issue there, so it was eventuality fixed by a clever peep.
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06 Nov 2009   #134
wilfj

windows 7 home premium 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JoeyCalamaro View Post
I just started using Windows 7 over the weekend (I'm a Mac guy) and I have to say that this is driving me INSANE. I've got quad monitors and a variety of different types of folders. Some contain large icons as a sort of makeshift launcher, or a means to preview media, others contain lists of hundreds (if not thousands) of files. To think that I'd want to view all of these folders the same exact way is pure madness.

Even worse, my applications don't remember their positions. I've got limited experience with Windows in general but on a Mac if you place an application's window in a certain place it stays there - even between reboots. This allows me to properly set up my workspace across all monitors.

On Windows 7, it's haphazard at best. Outlook might remember which monitor its on (maybe) but it certainly won't remember its position. Firefox is even worse - it randomly opens windows on any given monitor. And any app that serves up regular notification windows (such as Comodo Firewall) can't be moved at all. They always show up on the primary monitor - no matter where I put them.

And now I'm learning that these things aren't bugs, they're features? Ouch. I think my little Windows experiment is over...
Well, the way I look at it MS keeps us every busy, we won't say were playing games on the computer to our family and friends but in fact that's what I've been doing since I loaded Window V11 two months ago. Now I'm waiting for the first Service Pac to destroy ever thing I've done. It's OK as Service Pac 11 will follow shortly so we'll all be back to square one.

There has to be something better, but it sure is fun. Your friend at Parker Bros.
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06 Nov 2009   #135
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zidane24 View Post
I restarted Windows and it remembered the folder settings...

I hope this can put this little scuffle to rest...
This fix has nothing to do with Win7's remembering window size and postition and will not work.
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06 Nov 2009   #136
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Gents, don't forget that XP didn't remember the folders and settings as well,
and needed the reg hack to get it fixed.

One smart cookie will surely figure it out, just give it a bit of time.
I'm sure there will be little programs to enhance multi monitor setup, and remembrance of folder settings.
This has always been the case with every OS.

At least Windows give us the opportunity to hack and tweak it to our liking.
And lets face it, that's why we like it in the first place.

If OSX's behavior doesn't suite you, you are basically screwed.

Personally I would hate for my folders to remember how I opened them the last time,
because I don't often do the same thing, or go to the same place twice.

So it's a matter of taste and preference, but I agree there should be a way to chose how you like it.

That reminds me of a thread I started where you can put in requests to MS.
Requests to Microsoft.

Before you post there, make sure you read the rules!
Not complying to them, will get your post deleted.

Greetings.
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06 Nov 2009   #137
Antman

 

I have been lazily observing this thread (and a related one or two) for a couple of days now. There is something that I am missing - Make Windows remember windows position and sizes.

When I have my second monitor on, the apps I want to run on that monitor open on that monitor. When the second monitor is not on, those apps work fine on the primary monitor. On my primary monitor, my apps remember their screen position and size. Even better - when I open a second instance of Explorer (windowed) it opens in a cascaded (offset down and right) position from the previous window.

Even non-MS apps remember their size and position.

I did not hack anything to accomplish this. I did not ALT/CTL/SHIFT click anything to accomplish this.

Am I missing what the point of this thread is?
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06 Nov 2009   #138
Dixon Butz

Win7 x64 X2, Win 8.0 x64, Win8.1 x64, Quad Boot
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
I have been lazily observing this thread (and a related one or two) for a couple of days now. There is something that I am missing - Make Windows remember windows position and sizes.

When I have my second monitor on, the apps I want to run on that monitor open on that monitor. When the second monitor is not on, those apps work fine on the primary monitor. On my primary monitor, my apps remember their screen position and size. Even better - when I open a second instance of Explorer (windowed) it opens in a cascaded (offset down and right) position from the previous window.

Even non-MS apps remember their size and position.

I did not hack anything to accomplish this. I did not ALT/CTL/SHIFT click anything to accomplish this.

Am I missing what the point of this thread is?
Yes you are. This issue is only with explorer windows size and postion. Not applications
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06 Nov 2009   #139
Antman

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Dixon Butz View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
I have been lazily observing this thread (and a related one or two) for a couple of days now. There is something that I am missing - Make Windows remember windows position and sizes.

When I have my second monitor on, the apps I want to run on that monitor open on that monitor. When the second monitor is not on, those apps work fine on the primary monitor. On my primary monitor, my apps remember their screen position and size. Even better - when I open a second instance of Explorer (windowed) it opens in a cascaded (offset down and right) position from the previous window.

Even non-MS apps remember their size and position.

I did not hack anything to accomplish this. I did not ALT/CTL/SHIFT click anything to accomplish this.

Am I missing what the point of this thread is?
Yes you are. This issue is only with explorer windows size and postion. Not applications
Allow me to expand -

Windows Explorer remembers it's window sizes and positions. Even better - when I open a second instance of Explorer (windowed) it opens in a cascaded (offset down and right) position from the previous window.
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06 Nov 2009   #140
SquonkSC

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Antman View Post
I have been lazily observing this thread (and a related one or two) for a couple of days now. There is something that I am missing - Make Windows remember windows position and sizes.

When I have my second monitor on, the apps I want to run on that monitor open on that monitor. When the second monitor is not on, those apps work fine on the primary monitor. On my primary monitor, my apps remember their screen position and size. Even better - when I open a second instance of Explorer (windowed) it opens in a cascaded (offset down and right) position from the previous window.

Even non-MS apps remember their size and position.

I did not hack anything to accomplish this. I did not ALT/CTL/SHIFT click anything to accomplish this.

Am I missing what the point of this thread is?
Good question,

There are two things being mixed together, that have little to do with each other.

One thing is windows remembering size and position, which it does on my PC's too without any problem,
so I think the problem is an individual one.

Another thing is windows remembering an explorer layout per folder, which it doesn't.
(layout meaning left/right pane view enabled or not etc..)

When you alter the view and close the explorer, the next folder you open will look like the last view.
So windows remembers the last value, not the ones you set before.

I stated that personally I like the fact my explorer does remember how I set the view the last time, and not the times before that.
but I agree that having it as an option would be beneficial to some user's particular needs.

Especially to users that still setup their desktops the way they did with windows 3.1.
just kidding, but it's actually been said here:

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For example, I have a folder named "Games" that contains icons to run about 50 different games (Yes, I know this harks back to Program Manager in Windows 3.1 -- I've been using Windows since 1982!)
I have chosen not to post the name to avoid further embarrassment.

Further more, I already gave the link to Requests to Microsoft. in this thread, but so far nobody has put in any request on these matters, so I guess it isn't a big deal to many users.
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