Wednesday, April 30, 2008

IE New Window Maximizer from jiiSoft

Open New Web Pages to the Max

IE New Window Maximizer is a utility that could have been grouped with the other great utilities or Power Tools listed at various points in this blog, but it is too good, too essential not to devote an entire post to it. If you spend any time on the Web using Internet Explorer, you know how irritating it is to click on links in Web sites, only to have these links open up in a new window. The new window is not the problem, but the fact that they open up in a newer, smaller window. Sure, you could click on the "Maximize" square in the top right corner of the window, or, if you dare, you could double-click on the Title Bar of the new window - to make it maximized. But having to do that over and over and over for every site you go to and every link you click on gets tedious. Wouldn't it be nice if every link you clicked on just automatically opened maximized, taking up the whole screen, requiring you to do nothing but look at the page? That would be nice. Well, IE New Window Maximizer is a free tool that does offer this convenience. Once installed and configured, you never have to worry about it, or maximizing Web site windows, ever again. It just automatically launches every time you start your computer and runs in the background inconspicuously.

IE New Window Maximizer is made by jiiSoft, the same company that also makes Smart MP3 Renamer and Command Creator. Other features found in IE New Window Maximizer include the ability to:

  • Open new windows in the background (if you press the Ctrl key while opening a new IE window, this window will automatically be sent to the background)

  • Hide/Close all IE windows (with a user identified hotkey)
  • Create window rules for specific IE windows
  • Use Fullscreen mode (all new windows open in "fullscreen")

  • Close popup windows.

These are impressive features for a utility that doesn't cost a cent. As mentioned, some of these features listed above require configuration on the part of the user, but very little really. Once installed, you can go down to the System Tray (Notification Area) by the clock in the bottom right corner of your desktop, double-click on its black icon, and then go up to the Options menu and choose Configuration. Here you will find most of the options you have to choose from. You can also assign window rules (under Options). So, what are you waiting for? Get rid of one more annoyance, and start opening up those new Web windows fullscreen, the way they were intended to be seen.

IE New Window Maximizer: http://www.jiisoft.com/iemaximizer/Default.aspx

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