Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Steps for setting Vista's Default Explorer Window Size

Ever since I switched to Vista the one thing that really annoys me is that when windows explorer is run, either via the shortcut or from the right click, it would always default to this small window which I had to keep enlarging to the size I want and after closing it would default back to that small window the next time it opened. Unlike XP which re-opened explorer as the size it was when it was last closed.
I've had a bit of a look and found that what is happening is Vista saves the window size against the last folder displayed when you close Explorer.
You can test this out yourself by doing the following.
  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Navigate to another directory
  3. Change explorer's window size then close the Explorer
  4. Create a new shortcut on the desktop by using the following command

    • %SystemRoot%\explorer.exe /n, /e, <Insert the full path to the folder in Step 2>

  5. Double click on the shortcut and you will see it opens as the size it was closed.
To make matter worse there are 4 main ways of opening Windows Explorer that most people use and each has a different start directories.
  1. Right Clicking or double clicking on My Computer

    • My Computer

  2. Right Clicking on the Start Button (or Start ORB) and selecting Explore

    • C:\Users\<Username>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu

  3. Running Windows Explorer shortcut from Start, Accessories

    • C:\Users\<Username>\Documents

  4. Windows Key + E

    • My Computer

So therefore to set Windows Explorer default window size in Vista you will need to do the following for each of the above ways of opening
  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Set each window size to what you want
  3. Close Explorer.
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