Maximize or Minimize an app by default at launch in Windows 10/11

Maximize or Minimize an app by default at launch in Windows 10/11

While working, we may need to see all the open windows in our Windows 11 or Windows 10 system in Maximized or Full-screen mode in order to see all the options accessible without having to move/scroll repeatedly. While we may accomplish this manually for each program, it may be time-consuming and inconvenient. Assume we need to look at something on the desktop and wish to minimize all open windows. Manually minimizing each and every window might now become tedious. In such cases, you might employ this easy trick.

In this post, we’ll look at how to maximize or minimize windows upon startup, as well as different tips and tricks including minimizing all windows, maximizing all windows, and minimizing/maximizing a single window using keyboard shortcuts.

Method 1: Use a shortcut to launch the application.

Step 1: Determine whether the desired application already has a desktop shortcut. If not, follow the instructions below to create a shortcut.

1. Right-click anywhere on the screen to bring up the context menu displayed below.

  1. Select New
  2. Select Shortcut


2. In the Create Shortcut window, Either type or browse to the location of the required application file(.exe) under Type the location of the item section

Generally, these files are present in C:\Program Files\ . For systems with 64-bit Windows version, these files are present in  C:\Program Files (x86)\ 

For Example, to create a shortcut for chrome we locate the chrome.exe as shown below and click on Next


3. Give any Name of your choice under Type a name for this shortcut section and click on the Finish


Now, this creates a shortcut on the desktop.


Step 2: Right-click on the shortcut to the application


Step 3: In the Properties window,

  1. Make sure you are in the Shortcut tab
  2. In the Run Drop-down, Choose Maximized in order to maximize a window on launch. If you want to minimize a window at launch, choose minimized
  3. Click on Apply
  4. Finally, press OK


Method 2: Making Use of Keyboard Shortcuts


Yes, the windows can be minimized and maximized using keyboard keys.

To minimize all open windows, use Windows+m.

To maximize all open windows, use Windows+Shift+m.

Windows+Down arrow to minimize the current window When you press it for the first time, the window closes. The window is minimized when you press the Windows+Down arrow combination again. To maximize the same window, press Windows+Up Arrow.

To Maximize the current window – Press the f11 key. When working on your laptop hold fn+f11 together. If you want to minimize the same window now, press f11 again or fn+f11 in case you are working on your laptop.

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