Robert Wants The Maximum Size, Baby!
I'm returning to the well of your experience as, once again, I can't
find the answer by myself. My OE has an annoying habit of periodically
minimizing the read screen. I can maximize each time and I have also tried
"stretching" before maximizing, all to no avail. Either way, it is quite
frustrating and I thought that you might know of some way to lock it into
the maximized format. Thanks again for your invaluable help.
For some reason Outlook Express "forgets" your window size settings
-sometimes resulting in it opening in a very small window. Why this happens
is unclear, some say it's a bug. We say it doesn't matter why, it happens
and that's good enough :-)
First, resize the small window by dragging its edges until
it fills the screen (or any size you prefer). You have to resize the window
manually (in other words don't attempt to use the "Maximize" button in the
top-right corner) or any changes you make won't become permanent.
With Outlook Express, for some unknown reason, does not seem
to remember a completely full-sized state. So, it's best if you drag the the
top/bottom, right/left edges to nearly (but not completely) to the edges of
the screen. So it's in a nearly maximized state. Then, close the window by
clicking the "X" in the top right-hand corner while holding down your SHIFT
key. Make sure you're holding down the SHIFT key at the same time you click
the "X" to close Outlook Express.
If you've done everything correctly, the next time you open
Outlook Express it will be the size you set. And barring some unseen gremlin
crawling around inside your computer, it should remain this way until you
(A tip for those of you who are not familiar with resizing
or moving windows)
You say you don't know how to resize a window? OK. Here you go: move your
mouse slowly back and forth across the edge of any application window. Be
careful you're not holding down any mouse buttons. Now, go past the edge of
the window until you're over the Desktop and then move your cursor back and
forth across the edge of the window slowly. When you see the cursor turn
into a double-sided arrow, click and hold down the left mouse button and
drag the mouse left or right. When you release the mouse button button, the
window will be the size you specified by dragging its edges. You can use
this method on the top or bottom of any window too to change its height.
You can reposition any window too. To move or center the entire window, use
the Title Bar. The Title Bar the strip at the very top of every application
window. Normally it will contain the name of the Program on the left and the
window size control buttons at the right (the "close" button (X), the
Maximize button and the Restore button (which looks like a little underline
or dash). To move an entire window, left-click the title bar and hold your
mouse button in while dragging the entire window left, right, up or down.