Run Internet Explorer Full Screen

Are you getting tired of having to maximize Internet Explorer every time you launch the program?  If you have Windows XP, you can use a two part registry tweak to make Internet Explorer open in a full screen every time you access the program.

However, always remember to create a back-up of your registry before making any changes.  Registry changes cannot be reversed if you do not have a back-up.  Should you have any problem, you can reinstall the registry with the back-up file you created.

The registry tweak is but one method you can use to open IE in full screen.  Other methods will also be outlined after the tweak.

As previously mentioned, this is a two-part tweak. 

To Run Internet Explorer Full Screen

Part One:

  1. Click Start.  Click Run and type in regedit.  This will take you to the Registry.
  2. HKEY_CURRENT_USER can be found on the left side.  Expand the folder until you come to the Console folder.
  3. On the right side pane of the box, look for FullScreen.
  4. Right click on FullScreen and select Modify.  A small box will appear.
  5. If the Value Data is 0, change the value to 1.
  6. Exit the Registry.

Part Two:

  1. Click Start again.  Go to Run and type in regedit to go back to the Registry
  2. From HKEY_CURRENT_USER, expand the folder to get to the Software folder.
  3. From the Software folder, proceed to the Microsoft folder.
  4. Find Internet Explorer upon expanding the Microsoft folder.
  5. Now go to Main.
  6. On the right side pane of the Registry, find the FullScreen string.
  7. Double click on the FullScreen string .  A box will appear.
  8. Change the Value Name from No to Yes.
  9. Exit the Registry and restart your PC.

Here is another method you might want to try if you don’t want to risk editing your Registry.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Go to View.
  3. Click View and select Full Screen.

Here is yet another option you might want to try.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Right click on the IE toolbar.
  3. Go to Customize.
  4. Select Add or Remove Commands
  5. A box will come up. 
  6. Add Full Screen to the Current Toolbar button.
  7. Close the box.

Another option is to simply press F11 to view your webpage in full screen. 

Note that you need to perform the last three methods every time you open IE to view the page in full screen.  These are alternatives you might want to explore if you do not want to touch your Registry.  Only the Registry method will make IE open in a full screen every time.