Force Programs to Run Full-Screen

Reader Bill has a problem with Internet Explorer 8 running in Windows XP: Every time he starts the browser, it opens in a window rather than full-screen. He has to maximize it manually every time. What a hassle!

I feel your pain, Bill. In fact, I was having the same problem with Excel 2007. Fortunately, it's a simple matter to force any program to run maximized (i.e., full-screen) when you start it. Here's how:

1. Right-click the program's shortcut, and then click Properties.

2. This will open the Properties window with the Shortcut tab already selected. Click the pull-down menu next to Run and choose Maximized.

3. Click OK and you're done!

Now, when you start that program using that shortcut, it should give you a full-screen window.

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