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How Do I Make My Site Load Full Screen?
How Do I Make My Web Site Load Full Screen
eggy ricardo

 3:34 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Hi guys!

I am in the middle of building a site but i want to maximise the area that the viewer can see. So i what i really want to know is how do you force the website to open in a full screen browser window?

I think i saw it on the blackpool pleasure beach website once. (Not like that anymore)

I have found javascript codes for popups that open full screen (although i cant get them working yet) but what i really would prefer is to not have to have the original window for the popup to open from.


Thanx :)



 3:40 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

<script type="text/javascript">
if (document.all) {window.resizeTo(screen.availWidth,screen.availHeight)}
else {window.outerHeight = screen.availHeight; window.outerWidth = screen.availWidth}



 3:40 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

To me, this is worse than the <blink> tag ever was. Please don't do it.. as a user and as a UI designer, changing my browser window size would make me leave your site, never to return.


 3:43 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Agree with BGumble - this causes the same reaction as pulling up a page with a Flash intro - mental note to never return...



 3:47 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

>>changing my browser window size would make me leave your site, never to return.

Ditto. I have my browser windows at their present size for a reason, so changing them without my consent puts a black mark against that site, in my book.

When I review sites for inclusion in my directories that generally lowers the sites rating.

eggy ricardo

 3:49 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I can see what u mean.

However, i would probably not use it for the main entry to the site, just possibly a link from it but thanks for the advice.

PS whats the <blink> tag?



 8:51 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

The <blink> is a charming little goody that causes all the text with-in it to blink on and off when viewed with some browsers, now you see it, now you don't.

The beauty of it is that no matter what text you place in the <blink> tag, many users read that text as "run for your life".

Possibly another tag to consider not using :)


 9:05 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Count me out as a return visitor as well. IMHO there is nothing more annoying then having your screen jump to full size.

I run dual 19" monitor at 1600 x 1200 EACH. At any given time I have 5 - 7 browsers open on EACH MONITOR. I have them all different sizes for a reason...


 9:46 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

i would probably not use it for the main entry to the site, just possibly a link from it

Is there a business reason for this? If not, don't do it.


 9:49 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

> I have them all different sizes for a reason...

User choice, who the bloody hell are you to resize my windows?

Let me check your profile right now to make sure I never end on your site :) :)


 9:54 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

I hope no one here is suggesting that a liquid layout isn't acceptable.


 10:11 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Go60guy; I think we were pretty much responding to the idea of a site automatically changing the browser window size from whatever the viewer had it set at to a full screen window.

Liquid layouts with-in the window size a viewer has chosen wouldn't seem to be a problem.

At least that's thee way I read it.


 10:30 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Agree with BGumble >>changing my browser window size would make me leave your site, never to return. (and I don't) It's more than annoying when a site takes over in that manner - I, too usually have at least a half a dozen browser windows open. And I have them sized and located just the way I want 'em, thankyouverymuch.

If there's no compelling reason that makes sense for your particular niche/industry/business - then why take the risk of alienating your visitors?


eggy ricardo

 3:02 pm on Jun 6, 2003 (gmt 0)

OK Guys Chill!

It was only an idea! (turns out to be a bad one)

Thanks anyway for the response :) :)

eggy ricardo

 4:22 pm on Jun 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

The Doctor asked if there was a business reason for the full screen idea.

Well sort of.

I am the webmaster for an orchestra's website. I have built a flash interactive music playing device as a sub section to the site however it takes up more space than a standard 800x600 monitor browser will allow. The idea was to make it load full screen so people can view it as a whole.

What are your opinions of this and would a prewarning (eg this will enter into full screen mode) stop you from entering.

Thanks again
:) :) :)


 4:42 pm on Jun 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

Eggy Ricardo; Perhaps you could make this Flash screen open in a new window. That way it could open full screen and not disrupt the users other settings.

With a prominent warnings/announcement that a new window would open it might acceptable to a greater number of viewers.

On the other hand 800 x 600 is still a common screen resolution, so folks with that resolution are still going to need to scroll if your layout requires more space.


 5:54 pm on Jun 9, 2003 (gmt 0)

On the other hand 800 x 600 is still a common screen resolution

I agree - the latest figures for the general population are 46% of users with 800x600, and 47% with 1024x768 or more (from w3schools). So, you'll be seriously inconveniencing about half your users if you try this.


 4:33 pm on Jun 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

My immediate reaction was the same as ken_b's: open a new window. That will get around the possibility of ****ing people off.

Whether or not you're going to going to get people to like what you do to their browser settings (as opposed to not being annoyed by it) depends on how enjoyable your interactive music playing device is. If it's fun to use, I think people might well put up with it being larger than their monitor screens.


 8:49 am on Jul 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Your idea IS a good one, never mind the naysayers.

Look at www.cbchomedelivery.com for inspiration.

Ignore the comments from folks that have multiple windows open, etc.; they aren't your audience. In fact, it's probably reasonable to assume that anyone who registers to this site is probably not someone you will make your presentation to.

Just make sure that there is an easy and obvious way to close the full screen window. The suggestion about warning people first may also be useful.

good luck, I'd like to see the results.


 10:02 am on Jul 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

Don't forget that the "multi-browser-window" type webmasters will not make a core of your audience.
So donít think about their (should I have said our?) Ė think about your actual visitors.
The truth is that the core of your audience will most probably be made up by
- Those, who open the browser window full-size (just for the lack of knowledge on how to do it otherwise). For them your entire plan may turn-out to be redundant
- Those, who use 800x600 resolution for a very similar reason. For them your playing device might be a bit too big as it is.
It might be a better idea to try and resize the device itself not bothering too much about the actual window size...

too much information

 1:41 pm on Jul 21, 2003 (gmt 0)

I remember the <blink> tag, I also remember thinking it was *really cool*. :D

As I was reading this I was thinking,"Yea the only thing worse than the <blink> tag is music on a web site." then I read that it is a Orchestra site with music. LOL

Don't get me wrong, this is probably one case where you could use music for a good presentation, I just thought it followed the <blink> tag comment very well.

So why don't you design your Flash movie at 740x460? That should be Full screen at 800x600 (with toolbars, and scroll bars) then let your visitors work it out for themselves?

People will usually expand their window if it needs it.


 11:06 am on Jul 22, 2003 (gmt 0)

Have you tried offering a "customize your pages" set per user
and advertise the beauty of your page full screen

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