With your desktop shortcuts, you can do a right click, go to Properties and find an option as to how to open the program. If you select "maximized" it should open as you wish. For your browser to open to a desired page, there is a configuration setting within these that allows which site to open first. After this, you build your bookmarks to list your favorite sites. Hope that helps some but post back more questions if you wish. Welcome to the wacky world of computers!
I am new to computers i have a compaq windows me. when I open a new page the size of the window is long but not full how do i keep this from happening, in other words how do i always get a full window to open? Can I program one of the function keys as a short cut to a web site or my home page?