Subscriber John Roberts wrote from Australia to ask about opening programs in full screen mode (maximized) and in windows (not maximized):
Please tell me how to ensure that Word opens full page and also tell me how to ensure that Mic.Outlook opens in “IN BOX”
Windows has a nice feature that enables the user to control whether an application opens in full screen mode ("Maximized"), or in a normal window that’s less than full screen ("Normal"), or opens as a hidden application, visible on the task bar, but without an open window ("Minimized").
You could edit the shortcut in the Start Menu. However, I prefer to play it a little safer, so I made a copy on the Windows Desktop to play with.
How did I copy a shortcut from the Start Menu to the Windows Desktop?
I clicked through the Start Menu to find the right shortcut (one for Microsoft Word), right-clicked-and-dragged the shortcut to the Windows Desktop. When I released the right mouse button, I selected "Create shortcuts here."
In this case, I wanted to make sure that I didn’t mess up the original shortcuts in the Start Menu. So, making a copy was the right choice.
I made a second copy so that I could alternately test a Maximized icon and a Minimized icon.
Changing the properties for the icon enables you to select between Maximized, Normal and Minimized startup.
To find these settings, start by right-clicking on a shortcut. This will open the pop-up Context Menu for that particular type of file (yes, a Windows Shortcut is actually a file!).
Then select Properties from the Context Menu.
That will open the Properties dialog box for that shortcut. In this case, the shortcut was labeled Word 2007 Maximized, so the title bar of the dialog box says "Word 2007 Maximized Properties."
Follow that by clicking Apply and OK, or just by clicking OK.
That should be all that’s required to make Word 2007 always open (at least if you open Word 2007 by clicking on the icon) in Maximized mode.
Unfortunately, this is a situation where Microsoft giveth and Microsoft taketh away. It doesn’t work.
Word 2007 follows the other, more general rule for Windows applications. It stores the size and location of its window in the Windows Registry as it closes. Then, when the window is displayed again, it shows it in that same size and same location.
Notice that I did not say "when Word 2007 is started again."
The "Minimized" choice actually works. Word 2007 will start as a minimized application if you pick the Minimized option, and if you start it from that shortcut icon.
In that case, when you display the Word 2007 window by clicking on the icon of the running Word 2007 program in the Windows task bar, Word 2007 will open the window in it’s most recent size and location.
So, in answer to John’s question on how to make Word always open in maximized mode, you can’t.
John’s other question was about making Outlook always open in the Mail / Inbox view. That one is a puzzler. I’ve tried multiple ways to make Outlook 2007 not open in the Mail / Inbox view — and I can’t. It always displays the Inbox when I open it.
I could only conclude that John is using an earlier version of Outlook — he didn’t say (later, he confirmed by email that he’s using Office 2003). Since I don’t have any version of Office installed other than Office 2007, I can’t experiment to see what’s happening.