Open A Program Fully Maximized or Minimized

This tech-recipe explains how to open a program fully maximized or minimized and should work with Windows 95/98/NT/2K/XP.


Many shareware programs open into a minimized window. The following explains how to open them full-screen.

Command Line Method:

    Preface your command with the following:
    START /MAX

    For example, running this from your command line will open Notepad maximized:
    START /MAX notepad.exe

    To have it opened minimized, preface the command with the following:
    START /MIN

Shortcut Method:

    With this method, you simply create a shortcut to the program in which you are interested. Then you change the properties of the shortcut to make it run maximized or minimized. The following example describes how to do this for Notepad:

    1. Right-click on a blank area of your desktop.
    2. Select New and then Shortcut.
    3. Browse for the program. In this case, since Notepad is in our path, type in notepad.exe.
    4. Name the shortcut.
    5. Click Finish.
    6. Right-click on your newly created shortcut.
    7. Select Properties.
    8. Under Run, you can select Minimized, Maximized, or Normal Window.
    9. Click OK.

    By editing any shortcut, you can force the program to come up either minimized or maximized.

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8 Responses to “Open A Program Fully Maximized or Minimized”

  1. November 18, 2008 at 5:04 am, BCRock said:

    The – shortcut to a batch file – idea works great with XP …
    The first line of the batch file should be:
    @echo off
    The shortcut to the batch file should run minimized so the dos screen doesn’t pop up.
    It really works well … faster than opening IE and selecting favorites.
    Thanks for the help,
    BCRock

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  2. July 01, 2009 at 11:11 am, GZ said:

    Thank you! This opening as maximised has been bothering me for months.
    I hope many others find this iste and learn this ‘trick’ too.
    Best wishes.
    GZ

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  3. January 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm, d said:

    There is no ‘run’ under properties. Only two tabs. ‘General’ and ‘Web Document’.

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  4. January 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm, d said:

    There is no ‘run’ under properties. Only two tabs. ‘General’ and ‘Web Document’.

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  5. January 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm, d said:

    There is no ‘run’ under properties. Only two tabs. ‘General’ and ‘Web Document’.

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  6. January 28, 2010 at 11:50 pm, d said:

    There is no ‘run’ under properties. Only two tabs. ‘General’ and ‘Web Document’.

    Reply

  7. August 26, 2010 at 9:11 am, Rahatmirza said:

    Thanks this is working

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  8. April 06, 2014 at 1:01 pm, Hickdead said:

    It didn’t work, i tried on civilization v gods and king setup , (repacked by revolt)

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