When I right click on a file and open it in Vim, the default window size is too small. How can I change the settings so that the default window size is bigger?

I'm running Vim 7.3.46 in Windows 7.

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You can set the 'lines' and 'columns' options in ~/.gvimrc (~/_gvimrc on Windows). E.g:

:set lines=35 columns=150

I don't recommend you do this in your vimrc, because setting those options in console Vim can have odd effects, if it works at all; the gvimrc is only loaded when gVim is started.

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    Might also want to make it a part of a GUIEnter autocmd. See also :h GUIEnter.
    – pottsdl
    May 1, 2012 at 22:19

This page suggests adding the following to _vimrc for avoiding problems with console Vim:

if has("gui_running")
  " GUI is running or is about to start.
  " Maximize gvim window.
  set lines=999 columns=999
  " This is console Vim.
  if exists("+lines")
    set lines=50
  if exists("+columns")
    set columns=100

Also, this SO question looks at how to remember the previous session's window size.

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