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Poll: People with really large screens: Do you use your windows maximized? (94 member(s) have cast votes)

Maximizing - how much?

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In case you voted some get maximized - which applications?

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#1 Glassed Silver

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:59

Heya guys!

I used to maximize every window (well, those that make some sense maximizing, obviously not "paint palettes" etc :p)

Nowadays, I have a 27" screen and browsing Neowin at half the screen width is plenty already. :laugh:

So what do you guys do?

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#2 Gerowen

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:06

I don't have an enormous screen, but I usually only size the windows big enough to fit all of the content. For example if I'm reading a text file, I size the window down as small as it will go without having to scroll left or right to view all of the document.

#3 nekkidtruth

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:07

Most of my windows get maximized and I Alt-Tab frequently. Although I have 2 monitors, one has Netflix maximized pretty much all the time.

#4 +Frank B.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:09

I don't maximise application windows. Ever.

#5 Biotoxic_hazard_835

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:19

I upgraded my system to two 24" monitors and i maximize my browser and if I am watching a movie or music video I maximize WMP. I also use Motorola CPS Software (for programming Motorola two-way radios) which I also maximize for ease of use. Other than that I keep everything minimized unless I need it.

#6 zhangm

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:23

I maximize Excel (sometimes) and any virtual machines/remote machines.

#7 fobban

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:28

Only time i maximize is when watching a movie.

This is also why Metro on Windows 8 sucks so much, since it practically forces you to run the apps maximized.

#8 Blackhearted

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:31

On my 23" screen i pretty much only maximize the web browser and the windows photo viewer program. Aside from those 2 things i rarely maximize anything.

#9 Krome

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:32

I don't prefer to maximize application windows as it wreck my versatile flow between tasks. However, I do size "productivity" or certain application that lack the necessary workspace environment. Photoshop and Microsoft Expression Web seems to have very small workspace inside it's application. But still they are not max. I sometimes prefer my game in full-window mode, but sometimes in windowed mode.

#10 DKAngel

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:35

depends on what im doing

#11 remixedcat

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:37

depends on what im doing


This...

I got dual displays 23 in Samsung Syncmaster P2350 @ 1920x1080 and 19 in LG Flatron W1952TQ @ 1440x900

My media player mostly on screen 2 becuase I wanna see the playlist and the info. It's J-River Media Jukebox, a very powerful player.

Browser if I am doing a lot of reading and on sites that use more horiz. space. Or sites that demand more full on attention.

#12 Squirrelington

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:41

(1) 42" 1920x1080 and (2) 24" 1920x1200 (Dual-monitor)

Firefox (Maximized: Screen 2)
Windows Media Player (Music) (Maximized: Screen 2)
VLC (Videos) (Maximized: Screen 1)
Windows Explorer (Unmaximized: Screen 2)
Visual Studio 2010 (Maximized: Screen 1)
Microsoft SQL Management Studio 2008 R2 (Maximized: Screen 1)
Various Games (Fullscreen Windowed (No Border): Screen 1)

#13 tuckeratlarge

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:02

I got myself a 24" sammy 1920x1080 and I have everything I can maximised, because I can't stand scrolling sideways. The exceptions are Winamp, TomTom Home, Avast, Unzbin, AVS Video Converter, Calculator and Notepad.

#14 deactivated_

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:35

When I ran dual or triple monitor 4:3 ratio, almost everything was used maximized. However, now that I am running dual 24" widescreen monitors it's a mixed bag of what gets maximized. Especially with the Windows 7 Win-Left, Win-Right happy goodness that has changed my productivity forever.

#15 nw2001

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:46

I maximize browsers, media players, games, virtual machines, ps and stuff like that. Only stuff that doesnt get maximized is chat screens. (Steam, I use gtalk in browser or via the new chat extension for chrome.)

Since I use a 46 inch tv and a laptop monitor it's pretty easy to manage and tons of small screens don't work well on a tv. (I'm sitting with in 3 feet of the tv, probably horrid for my eyes but I can read most things very well and for single player games it works better. I also use the TV for browsing. Multiplayer games like LoL or anything too reliant on skill I pop on the laptop monitor just because it feels more responsive.) I freaking hate alt tabbing and I hate using windows explorer. (Running w8 and even with ribbon the explorer is a pain to manage anything with.)