Longtime subscriber Scott Adler wrote to ask for some help…
I have become aware that the folder options I set regarding screen size when a folder opens is no longer working.
Generally, you do not set folder options that specify screen size. I’m assuming you mean directories when you say Folders, and that you’re talking about opening in Windows Explorer.
Windows Explorer, when you close it, saves the window size and location on the screen. These values are stored in the Windows Registry — and they are not specific to the folder you were using — they apply to the program Windows Explorer and the size and location of its window on the desktop.
Windows Explorer allows you to set certain aspects of viewing folders, such as how wide the file name field is shown, how wide the field is for the date, etc, the order of name, date, type, size within the window. These generally apply to that specific folder — and the next time you open the folder, those show in those settings. You can also, once you choose how you want A folder to display, choose to display all folders the same way. This still does not change the size of the Explorer window.
Scott also wrote to say:
Regardless of what setting I make I cannot get a web page to open full screen. Is there a way to check the registry for some difficulty causing this problem???
Scott didn’t mention which web browser, which is often a critical piece of the puzzle in trying to resolve issues. However, the answer is the same for all, I think — they save the last location onn the screen and the last size displayed. When you open the browser again, and it will open in the window size and location that the web browser used the last time.
All this assumes that you do a normal shutdown or otherwise exit the program in the normal manner (red X or File > Exit). If you don’t, for example, if Windows or the web browser crashed, it would not be able to save those values.
I think the problem here is not that his web browser is not opening correctly, it’s that Scott is expecting to have the web browser open to the same size window.
There is ONE way that he can accomplish this. He can’t make anything less than a "maximized" window be the default.
However, he can set the web browser to open in a maximized window when the web browser is opened from one or more shortcuts — he has to modify each shortcut to get it to open as a maximized windows.
Since this will require some screenprints to display the steps, I’ll show this in HOWTO: Open a Program in a Maximized Window.