Force Google Chrome To Always Launch In A Maximised Window

Force Google Chrome To Always Launch In A Maximised Window

One of Google Chrome’s minor annoyances on Windows is that it doesn’t restore on launch to the window size you last used — a nuisance if (like me) you prefer to run a maximised app window. Fortunately, you can fix it with a little shortcut tweaking.

Searching online suggests that you may be able to avoid this problem by closing Chrome using the Task Manager or by right-clicking on the title bar to close it, but both require extra effort. The solution that worked for me was altering the shortcut which I use to launch Chrome to run maximised. To do that:

  • Right-click on the shortcut you use for Chrome (whether that’s in the taskbar, on the desktop or on your Start menu) and select Properties.
  • Go to the Shortcut tab.
  • Make sure that the Run option is set as ‘Maximized’.
  • Click OK.

One point: this didn’t actually take effect until after I rebooted my machine, but since then it’s worked like a charm. It would be good if Google actually respected Windows design principles, but this is a pretty solid workaround.


  • Uh, windows design principles say that a window should respect its non-maximized (restored) size when closed, but NOT the maximized size.

    If you want it to open full screen, drag the window size manually to 99% of the full screen without actually maximizing it (this is a lot harder than it sounds on Win7). Otherwise, join the 21st century and use a windowed browser and stop tormenting poor web designers.

  • This fix does NOT work on W7 with Chrome as of version 46.0.2490.80 m. Window still opens less than full screen and usually mostly off-screen. I’ve seen this problem reported as long as 5 years ago. Another example of just how completely clueless about ease-of-use the Google developers are. They’re almost as bad as Oracle…

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