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Prevent Maximized Programs From Taking Up the Whole Screen

SUMMARY: Stop hiding parts of the Desktop when maximizing applications by using the freeware MaxMax.

It seems counterintuitive, doesn't it? When you maximize a program in Windows, by nature you want the window to take up the entire Desktop (except for the Taskbar in most cases) -right?

There may be instances where you don't want maximized windows to be - well, maximized. Perhaps you have some Sidebar gadgets that you want to remain visible and not covering up part of the maximized window. Maybe you have a Desktop calendar and want to keep it shown. Or perhaps you have a window containing status information on part of the screen and don't want it covered by other windows. For these cases, there's the freeware MaxMax.

MaxMax lets you define limit sizes for maximized windows. You can have maximized windows not take up the right side of the Desktop, keep the bottom section of the Desktop clear, or whatever. The program can be set to run on Windows startup, and holding the left SHIFT key while maximizing a window can bypass this restriction on a case-by-case basis if desired. You can even set up exclusions.

MaxMax can be downloaded from the following site:

* MaxMax


This tip was written regarding MaxMax v1.31 running on a Windows 7 box. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.

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