Thanks for answering but I cannot follow all you say.
My O/S is W98SE so don?t know if things are different on your PC.
If I r/c on IE icon (D/T) then properties, there is no shortcut tab.
I have just opened IE/you said Open in a New Window but I could not see that option.
Can I say that I don?t have the problem in IE, its when I open say a word or excel doc or even when I open My Computer. Its not all the time and as I said in my post, I do know how to drag to maximum rather than use max button. I also know that if I close the window I have just maximized (r/c on taskbar) it WILL open maximized next time.
I have been told that in settings/configuration somewhere, you can tick a box that says something like ?open as full window all the time?