This is because the default behavior for IE is to open at the same size it was at the last time it was closed. Even then, while the default does apply in many cases, it's not always consistent. To fix this problem, try the following workaround:
- Open a single IE window to the smaller size.
- Drag the corners of the window until it completely fills the screen. Do not use the maximize button to enlarge the window.
- Hold down the Ctrl key and keep it depressed. Using the mouse, click File and then Exit on the menu bar. Do not use the "X" in the upper right corner to close the window.
- IE should now open in a full window.
Note: If IE still opens to a smaller size, repeat the above steps, but substitute the Shift key for the Ctrl key.
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This was first published in December 2006