[Tip] Give Browse Dialog Box More Space in Windows Vista and Later

Its time for sharing an interesting thing, which I found today.

As we all know "Dialog boxes" don't contain Maximize, Minimize buttons. They only have "Close" button and we can't maximize them. If we right-click on the titlebar of a dialog box, we get only 2 options in context menu:

Move
Close

But for my surprise, when I opened "Browse" dialog box in RUN, I found that it can be maximized even its a dialog box. If you double-click on its titlebar, it'll be maximized. (But not fully maximized, the border will still be visible). Also you'll get an option "Maximize" in context menu of titlebar.

Maximize_Option_Dialog_Box.png

So its an interesting thing in Windows Vista and later. I think since Browse dialog box looks similar to Windows Explorer and has same properties, that's why it can be maximized irrespective of other dialog boxes.

PS: It happens for all Browse/Save/Open dialog boxes in all windows applications, like Notepad, etc.





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Comments

  • Wow, thanks for the tip! I have been going crazy because in Wordpad the file dialog suddenly started ALWAYS opening maximized and I couldn't figure out how to get it back to the way I like it: a window that does NOT take up the whole screen. I like to be able to re-size it at any time. But although resizing arrows would appear at the left and right borders, they did not work at all.

    It just bugged me that when I wanted to open a file it took the whole screen.

    Then I got the tip to double click the title bar, and magically the dialog went back to how I like it! Now I know what to do if it ever happens again. Thank you all for restoring my peace of mind!

  • VG

    ^^ Glad to help you. :)

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