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52. Open Internet Explorer In Full Screen Mode By Default

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A great disadvantage of opening Internet Explorer from the Internet Explorer Icon is the fact that the screen opens in the Restore Down mode. In other words the Internet Explorer window doesn't fill your computer screen by default This means that instead of the being able to open an Internet explorer window with one simple click of the mouse you actually have to use two clicks to achieve your aim.

Many users, of course, will not find this an inconvenience, but to others it can really be an annoyance. However, help is at hand because, by using a simple Registry tweak, you can quickly make any Internet Explorer page open in full screen mode by default.

Note

It should be noted that this tweak only works when Internet explorer is opened via the Internet Explorer Icon on your desktop, quick launch bar or via the Start menu. If you click on any links on a web page or email Internet Explorer will open in its usual restore down mode. To restore these links to full screen mode press the F11 key. Pressing the F11 key again will return the screen back to its previous setting.

To open Internet explorer in Full Screen mode proceed as follows:

  1. Click the Start button.
  2. In the Start Menu Search dialogue box type: Regedit
  3. The Regedit application should appear at the top of the Search menu list (see fig 1). Press Enter to open the Registry Editor.
  4. Fig: 52-1 Type regedit in Search box

    Fig: 52-1 Type regedit in Search box

  5. In the Registry Editor navigate to the following key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main
  6. Fig: 52-2 Right click on the Full Screen option

    Fig: 52-2 Right click on the Full Screen option

  7. Look down the list of items in the Right hand column until you come to the Full Screen option.
  8. By default the Data column for Full Screen should read No.
  9. To change this option, Right click on the Full Screen entry and, from the Drop Down Menu that appears, Click Modify.
  10. Fig: 52-3 Click Modify to change the data value

    Fig: 52-3 Click Modify to change the data value

  11. An Edit string screen will now open.
  12. Place your Cursor in the Value Data box, Delete the No option and type in Yes.
  13. Fig: 52-4 In the Value data section type: Yes

    Fig: 52-4 In the Value data section type: Yes

  14. Now Click the OK button.
  15. Finally, Close the Registry editor.
  16. The next time you open up Internet Explorer it will open in Full Screen mode.