desktop shortcuts open minimized

By JADavis9 ·
My desktop shortcuts always open minimized - even if saved while full sized. I run cCleaner but it is never checked next to Windows Size/Location Cache
I use Windows XP svc pack 3 and IE 8

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by PurpleSkys In reply to desktop shortcuts open mi ...

right click icon, go to properties, under shortcut, in "run" choose maximized from the drop down list.

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oops, I don't find this

by JADavis9 In reply to steps

On my Windows XP and IE 8, if I go to properties, I have 2 tabs - General & Web Doc. I just don't see anything like "run" or anywhere else where I can choose maximized.

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No No.....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to oops, I don't find this

That was my fault, I thought it was an XP vs Windows 7 thing when we looked at it this morning...

I found should work for's just a copy & paste from another's example..

To get maximized windows from Desktop and QL shortcuts, create a few
shortcuts to your browser on your Desktop, or Quick Launch bar, then
edit the shortcuts:

1. Change the "Target:" to:

"C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\IEXPLORE.EXE"

(as an example site.)

2. After adding the internet address, change the "Run:" pane to "Maximized".

(That will make those shortcuts open IE maximized.) There's also
software available that will switch opened windows to the maximized
condition. Here's one:

To maximize Windows Explorer windows:

Hope this helps,

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smacks Darryl

by PurpleSkys In reply to No No.....

just wait til you get home, i'll give you a proper smack 0:-)

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by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to No No.....

you have to make copies of your IE shortcut & change the target on it.

NOT the shortcut for the "site" you want to go to....know what I mean? The icon that opens IE & goes to your homepage.

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I'm sorry Darryl but I am new ....

by JADavis9 In reply to NOTE:.......

I don't really understand what to do. Can you be really specific to me? Don't worry as I won't be offended by anything that you say that may seem really basic to you. I have an icon on my Desktop that is a shortcut that opens a site minimized. So I guess right click on it and ?

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Okay, what I'm trying to say is that you have to

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to I'm sorry Darryl but I am ...

"modify" an IE shortcut...

If you don't have an IE8 shortcut on your desktop...navigate to C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore .... right click it & select "send to desktop" (create shortcut)....

once you have the shortcut on the desktop....right click it & select properties....under the tab named "shortcut" you will see "target" with "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe" in it....that's where you add the website you want the shortcut to automatically go to when you click it (refer to the above instructions from my previous post)

Example - "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"

.....once you do that, you have to change the drop down item in the "Run:" box from Normal window to Maximized....then you click the "General" tab & rename the shortcut to whatever you like.....

That's about as simple as I can tell you without actually doing it for you

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more help?

by JADavis9 In reply to Okay, what I'm trying to ...

Sorry ... I am too new at this ... I created the iexplore.exe shortcut on my desktop and it opens itself when clicked to my home page and it opens maximized even though it is set in properties Run to normal window and is not set to maximized. But if I rename the shortcut on the General tab to, (not sure why, but techrepublic shows up in my IE as - why two .coms?), when I click Apply or OK, I get a box popping up that says The name xxxxxx specified in the target box is not valid.

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In the target, you need all this -

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Okay, what I'm trying to ...

<b> "C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe"</b>

I don't know what the 2 .coms for TR...that's just the way they set it up.

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Because is a CNET domain.

by seanferd In reply to Okay, what I'm trying to ...

And that is where TR was parked when CNET bought it.

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