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When I open a new Window in Chrome on Windows 7 (by pressing CTRL+N), the new window does not exactly overlap the existing window.

Instead it is offset to the right slightly.

So, immediately after opening a new window I have to manually move it to the left so that it uses the full screen real estate.

Is there a way to prevent this offset?

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Did you mean a new window? – slhck Mar 20 '11 at 12:47
When I press CTRL+N the new window or tab that opens up says "New tab" at the top. On Firefox I think it's called a "new window" - on Chrome it seems to be called a "new tab". – Charles Scowcroft Mar 20 '11 at 12:49
It says "new tab" because the new window opens with a new tab, since it doesn't have anything else to display. Here are the commands from OS X. – slhck Mar 20 '11 at 12:52
You're correct. Thanks. I modified the question accordingly. – Charles Scowcroft Mar 20 '11 at 12:56
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There is no default way.

The incremental offset is part of Windows (it always puts new non-maximized windows a little down and to the right of the last one until it reaches a threshold and then starts back up, from the top-left again.

Further, the window-position settings that Chrome stores in the Preferences file only get used when you launch Chrome, not for new windows.

You have two options at this point.

  1. Submit an issue to request that it be implemented (it could take a while, if it at all)
  2. Request somebody to write an extension to do it (it should be possible), or write one yourself
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Not really a Chrome "hack", but here are a few solutions:

  • You could use Windows 7's Aero Snap - just pull the new Window up to the top so it gets maximized.
  • Double click the new windows's top border for it to become maximized.
  • Or you could press Win+ right after opening the new window. This will maximize it too.
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