Posted 02 November 2006 - 08:13 PM
This resizing trick works in almost Windows programs including email programs, Word, Excel, your Address Book and many more.
Open Internet Explorer
Shift + click a link to force it to open in a separate window
Alt + Tab to return to the first window
Close it, leaving only the small window open
Drag the window edges to adjust the size
Close the resized window
New Internet windows too small? New email message windows teeny-tiny? It's frustrating having to enlarge every window you open. Especially when no matter how often you fix it, it's small again the next time you open the program. And why the heck did this small window thing start anyway?
[Insert "I didn't touch anything" or "I think my computer's possessed" comment here.]
Who knows why or how it started? All you really need to know is how to fix it.
So just how do you force The-Mighty-Windows to remember the changes you make? Easy. Make sure the window you change is the last one you close.
Sometimes, your first Internet Explorer window opens the right size, but links opening in separate windows are too small or in the wrong position. Here's how to make the second windows open the size and position you want.
1. Work with the right window.
Open one IE window and then hold down your Shift key while you click one of the links on the page. That will force the link to open in a separate window. Switch back to the first window using Alt + Tab - hold down your Alt key while you hit Tab, then release the Alt key. Close the window, leaving only the small window open.
*** THIS IS THE KEY to making the changes stick. ***
You must close all other Internet Explorer windows.
2. Resize the window.
Resize the small window by dragging its edges until it fills the screen or is the size you want. You MUST resize the window manually here - don't use the Maximize button in the upper right corner of the window or y our changes will not stick.
Never resized a window before? Without holding the mouse button down, slowly move the mouse back and forth across the edge of the window. Go right past the edge until you're over the Desktop and then move back. When the cursor turns into a double-sided arrow, click and hold down the mouse button and drag the mouse to the left or right. When you release the button, your window will take on its new size.
Try it with the top or bottom edge or even the corners of the window until you get it just the size you want.
You may have trouble catching the arrow while it is double-sided because it happens so fast. Just scowl at your monitor, threaten it with some dire consequence and try again. Keep moving the mouse slowly back and forth until you can control it. It just takes a bit of practice.
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