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Windows Internet Explorer 9

Always Start in Full Screen / Kiosk Mode from Windows 7 Taskbar

SUMMARY: Need full screen web browsing via Internet Explorer 9, free of distractions? Force the Windows 7 Taskbar button to open Internet Explorer in full-screen / kiosk mode.

If you want more screen real estate dedicated to browsing web pages via Windows Internet Explorer 9, pressing F11 toggles a full-screen view that even hides your Windows taskbar.

However, what if you use this feature often and want Internet Explorer to always open in full-screen mode, let's say from the Windows 7 Taskbar? And what if you don't feel comfortable modifying the Windows 7 Registry?

There are other ways to do this; this tip only provides one option. Note that if you do not have a home page defined, you may find it hard to navigate as you may not be able to access Internet Explorer 9's menu bar.

1. Right-click on the Internet Explorer icon in the Taskbar.

2. Right-click on "Internet Explorer", selecting "Properties".

Accessing properties of the Internet Explorer 9 icon on the Windows 7 Taskbar

3. The "Internet Explorer Properties" multi-tabbed dialog box appears. Click in the box next to "Target", then press the End key.

4. Press the space bar, minus sign, the letter k, and then press Enter.

Forcing the Internet Explorer 9 button in the Windows 7 Taskbar to run in kiosk mode.

Click on the Internet Explorer icon in the Taskbar and it will open in full-screen mode to your home page. Press Alt+F4 when you want to exit the browser.

To undo the above, just follow the above steps but remove the -k at the end of the Target line.

Return to the Windows Internet Explorer 9 page.

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