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Solutions: Getting Explorer to open to full screen

I run Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 11. When I open Internet Explorer from a shortcut on my desktop, it doesn't open on the full screen. It opens maybe about a quarter of the screen at the top. I have to click on the enlarge square on the top right to make it open to full screen. When I open Internet Explorer from the tool bar, clicking on the icon, it automatically opens to full screen. Is there a fix for this? When I first got Windows 7, I didn't have this problem, and I never had the problem with XP.

The next time you open an Internet Explorer link into a smaller window, instead of clicking the maximize button, grab the outer edges with your mouse and move them out to fill the screen (or however big you want it). The next time you open a link, Windows will remember the setting and open the window at the size you last left it. Occasionally, this gets reset, and you'll just have to repeat the process.


Over the past six months, I have lost 10 gigabytes of my C drive. I have installed only Windows updates over that time. My system is a Dell Vostro running Vista Basic, 75-gigabyte hard drive with two partitions, 65/10 and 3-gigabyte memory. I run Microsoft Security Essentials and Antimalware weekly, with no hits. What is taking up this hard drive space?

It's possible that system error dump files and/or the saved update images could be taking up some of that space. They are there (the updates) if you need to do a rollback. The easiest way to clean up space, including old updates, is to use the Windows Disk Cleanup tool (right-click your C drive, choose Properties and then click the Disk Cleanup button). You'll need to click on some categories that are not checked by default, so examine each one before hitting the OK button, which will initiate the cleanup. There is also a small chance that the disk controller may be taking some sectors out of use because of hardware errors. Check the Windows System Event log (Control Panel\System and Security\Administrative Tools\Event Viewer\Windows logs\System) to see whether any serious disk errors are being logged.


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CORRECTION: Earlier versions of this column appearing in print and online included a link described as pointing to a Microsoft site that actually pointed to a site belonging to a different owner. That question and answer have been deleted.

Solutions: Getting Explorer to open to full screen 04/18/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 3:02pm]
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