Server 2012 – Creating Always Maximized Internet Explorer Desktop Shortcuts to Websites via Group Policy

One annoying thing that happens a lot in Windows is the odd window size in Internet Explorer when clicking on any URL type shortcut icon. Unfortunately, with the URL type shortcuts, there’s not really a way to guarantee how the window size will be positioned every time as most of the time it goes by your previous IE window’s state but we all know there are scenarios where that isn’t always the case.

Here’s a good way to create an always maximized desktop shortcut to some website via Group Policy Preferences and you can either give it a custom desktop icon or use the example below to browse the system icons:


User Configuration > Preferences > Windows Settings > Shortcuts
Right-click Shortcuts > New > Shortcut

Action: Update
Name: PaperStreetOnline
Target type: File System Object
Location: Desktop
Target path: %PROGRAMFILES%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe
Run: Maximized
Comment: Kick Ass!
Icon file path: %SystemRoot%\system32\SHELL32.dll
Icon index: Just pick one

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