I can open Outlook and it fills about half of the screen. I then maximize it to read some mail and then minimize it to do some other work.

When I click on it again in the taskbar, it is back to the original size that it opened at.

I have tried Ctrl-close and Ctrl-maximize but neither seems to work.

This also happens with Explorer windows, AutoCAD, Revit, and other programs that I work with.
Shouldn't a minimize and a maximize bring the window back to the last size and position?


6 Answers 6


As user harrymc, I checked: Maximize + minimize + click on Windows 7 does return an Explorer window as maximized.

Try with Shift + close on the window (to save its position and size). This may help!

  • This worked for another window that I was having trouble with! Can you explain this? Why does this tip work?
    – Vijay
    Jan 16, 2013 at 12:18
  • why? Because it's computer science ... I'm sorry to say that :)
    – TridenT
    Jan 16, 2013 at 14:21

WindowManager supposedly does this. There's a forum thread about the problem here.

  • His problem is not remembering positions between invocations of the programs, but that de-minimizing a maximized window doesn't restore it as maximized.
    – harrymc
    Aug 11, 2010 at 16:19
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    I believe I may have it solved. It seems to behave properly as long as you don't snap it to the edge of the screen to maximize it. I can drag the edge of the window to near the edge of the screen to a point where it is about to snap and then minimize the window. When I click on it in the taskbar again, it opens up to the correct size.
    – Ben
    Aug 12, 2010 at 17:52

You can try WindowPadX. It has some nice features including windows positions and area definition.


I checked it: Maximize + minimize + click on Windows 7 does return an Explorer window as maximized. What you are describing is not a normal behavior.

  • Try it after booting in Safe mode.
  • If this fixes the problem, then some installed software is interfering.
  • If it doesn't, try "sfc /scannow" and some virus scans.

Hello: Ctrl + the upper right X to close the window makes the >Os remember the size; valid for Windows XP and 7.

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    The OP wants the window size to be recalled after minimizing, not closing.
    – Tog
    Nov 17, 2013 at 21:49
  • Tog you are right; in 14 years using MS Microsoft applications I don´t recall that minimizing will alter the size of the window. Not many direct references to this issue in Goggle. This is somehow related so might help social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/windows/en-US/… Jan 4, 2014 at 12:26

There was a way to do that back in Windows 3.1 by holding the SHIFT key, and then in the program file menu select "Exit". I just tried it in Windows 7 Professional and it seems to still work.

  • This was suggested 3 years ago.
    – Ramhound
    Jan 6, 2016 at 0:51

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