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Is there a way to personalize the startup? I want, for example, that mathematica starts Maximized (not slightly-less-than-maximized as it usually does) with a notebook (also maximized) with a zoom of 130%. I use mathematica 8.0.4 and windows XP.

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Do you mean you want the new notebook to open in full-screen, or just as a maximized window? I think I know how to launch in real full screen mode on Mac OS X, but it involves Applescript, so it's platform dependent. What is your platform? – Jens May 5 '12 at 18:41
@Jens No need for applescript... SetOptions[SelectedNotebook[],WindowSize -> Full] does it :) – R. M. May 5 '12 at 18:47
@R.M. Thanks - that's better. I just thought of scripting because I have one notebook that I always launch via Applescript, so I would have re-used that approach... – Jens May 5 '12 at 18:52

I find it easiest to create a Notebook with the features I want, and then open that Notebook to launch Mathematica.

Save this code as a .nb file. If you want Mathematica to also open "Maximized" rather than in the slightly-less-than-Maximized form it usually does, also create a shortcut to this Notebook and change the properties to Maximized, then use that.

  WindowMargins->{{Automatic, 0}, {Automatic, 0}},
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If you tried the version with Editable->False and of course it failed, please try now. – Mr.Wizard May 5 '12 at 18:40
why Saveable -> False? Or is this your invisble notebook/ – R. M. May 5 '12 at 18:48
@R.M Saveable -> False so that you do not accidentally overwrite this starting Notebook and have to create it again. Mathematica should still prompt you to save the file on closing. – Mr.Wizard May 5 '12 at 18:49
@Mr.Wizard Mathematica doesn't prompt me to do save the file on closing but when i open this notebook, it is in fullscreen mode and with the right magnification,as desired and what do you exactly mean with "change the properties to maximized". – Zero May 5 '12 at 19:38
@Mr. Wizard in fact, the documentation says: A notebook with the option setting Saveable->False can always be saved using the Save As menu item, but does not respond to Save and does not prompt for saving when it is closed. – Zero May 5 '12 at 20:20

In MMA prefs / advanced/ open option inspector and you can set the values you want to customize. Full screen is under Window Size and select "Full". Zoom is under Notebook Options/ Display options/ Magnification.

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Selecting "Full" under Notebook Options/Windows properties/Windows size does nothing but the magnification worked well. – Zero May 5 '12 at 19:10
F12 or cmd/option/F will also give you full screen. – R Hall May 5 '12 at 21:36

You could either edit the Default.nb notebook to fit your needs, or inherit from it to create another stylesheet, and set it as the default by changing $FrontEnd's DefaultStyleDefinition's option to that new notebook.

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