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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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#16 derkim

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:47

[x]Nothing gets maximized. Nothing!

But I can't choose it alone.


#17 InsaneNutter

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 10:53

The only thing i generally maximize is Photoshop, I usually have 1/3 of the screen at the right for instant messaging chats, Windows 7's sticky notes and sometimes a video playing in a small window.

The other 2/3 of the screen will usually have the web browser, word, or any other application i'm using open in.

This is on a 24" screen @ 1920x1200.

#18 BeerFan

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:28

I have a 30" HP Monitor. I NEVER maximize any windows.

You need to add an option for None in the second question. I can't vote as it is.

#19 Vice

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:42

On my desktop system I use three 30" monitors. Each has a resolution of 2560x1600 (Known as XHD) combined the resolution is 7680x1600. That is 12.225 Million pixels. For comparison a 24" display is 2.304 Million pixels.

With that much screen real estate I do not find it beneficial to maximise any applications apart from Games.

It is not uncommon for me to have 5-6 virtual machines open and visible, 2 VNC sessions to my servers, 1 or 2 browser windows open (with multiple tabs in each) an IM conversation, email client, music or video player and some creative apps maybe Visual Studio or Programmers notepad or Photoshop and Illustrator.

I make great use of all my displays I've had them for years. I got my first 30" display back in 2008 and it really boosted my productivity. That was a 3007WFP-HC @ 2560x1600. At that time I had two 20" displays on either side of it (each 1680x1050) and I later replaced those with 30" displays.

Being able to visualise everything, being able to see the concept drawings for an application, the code powering it, all the assets for it and the app itself running makes it really easy to see the "full picture". If I were to full screen something I would be wasting literally 50% or more of the screen it is on as my resolution is just so big even having something filling only half of one screen is equal in pixels to the maximum resolution of some 17" and 20" panels.

#20 xendrome

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 11:53

30" Dell LCD and a 24 inch on the other side, I run in windows so I can have more then one thing open, typically never maximized unless it's a game.

Another reason why Windows 8 ****es me off, I don't want metro apps taking up 30 inches of my screen that I can't window....

#21 spikey_richie

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:10

24" HP monitor. Not huge, but bigger than average... Process Explorer, Firefox, Thunderbird, iTunes, Picasa, games & Windows Explorer maximised. Everything else (Defraggler, CCleaner, Winamp, Speccy, Holmes, Pidgin etc...) windowed.

#22 The Laughing Man

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:14

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Only in the middle.

#23 OP Glassed Silver

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:20

Updated poll with "none" option.

Sorry, I thought a poll question that is multiple-choice was allowing you to skip it, too.

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#24 MFH

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:22

Apart from VS and Virtual Machines I never see the point of maximizing a Window…

#25 muratoner

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:27

i'm so used to having my browser maximized.Other than that things are mostly resized.

#26 SkyDX

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:32

I don't maximise application windows. Ever.


Me neither! My window that's always open is Firefox and it's sized so I can still see my most used shortcuts on the left, my Rainmeter sidebar at the right and other running tasks on top of it.
When I think of it, nowadays I don't even run games in fullscreen unless they offer borderless fullscreen because it's easy to chat etc that way^^

#27 Dusco25

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:43

50" @ 1920x1080 and I keep everything maximized...



/pets alt+tab


#28 Xoligy

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 13:08

only have a 20" screen but everything get maximised in that, if im using laptop on the tv 42" to 50" then same maximised. Im not a huge fan of making windows small unless im trying to copy some code via learning if i had two screens it be easier and even then both be maximised.

#29 Vice

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 13:15

50" @ 1920x1080 and I keep everything maximized...



/pets alt+tab


Is this you? Posted Image

That is what I picture when you have a 50" display at 1920x1080 and maximise everything. This isn't on your desk surely? You sit on a sofa 10 feet from the display right?

#30 philcruicks

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 13:21

2x24" so I keep most major apps like browser, media, office, e-mail etc...but I keep things like Tweetdeck, messenger and explorer windowed.