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How to maximise the Recycle Bin window

Make the bin big in Windows XP

QUESTION I recently installed a program to mimic Microsoft Windows Vista's Start menu in Windows XP. After uninstalling it, my Recycle Bin window no longer opens in full-screen mode. Do I need to tackle some Registry settings to get things back to how they were? Dennis Wood

HELPROOM ANSWER There's no need to delve into the Registry, Dennis. Try using System Restore to roll back your computer to before you installed the program. Go to Start, All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, System Restore and follow the wizard. For more information on System Restore, see the PDF on our DVD.

If this doesn’t fix the problem, open the Recycle Bin and maximise it manually. Close it by going to File, Close rather than clicking on the cross. Hold down Ctrl, Shift, Alt while you use the mouse to maximise the Recycle Bin window. Still holding down Ctrl, Shift, Alt, click the cross in the top right. Windows should now remember the size of the window you just closed.

Another option is to download the free AutoSizer program.

This will let you define the window sizes for various applications.

See also: How to fix everything: the ultimate guide to fixing technology

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