A laptop is used to remotely connect to other computers and it is docked and undocked frequently. As a result when connecting to other machines using Remote Desktop the screen size of the Remote Desktop Connection will not open in a maximized window even when clicking the maximize button.

Solution 1:

The RDP-client remembers the resolution of your last connection. This can be remedied by adjusting the resolution in the RDP-connection dialog to "Full Screen"

  1. Go to RUN and type mstsc
  2. In the RDC window that opens click Options
  3. Switch to the Display tab and ensure the slider bar under Remote Desktop Size is set to Full Screen
  4. Click Connect

Solution 2:

While in a remote desktop connection session, try Ctrl-Alt-Break. That should force the RDC window to go full screen.

Solution 3:

Another possibility is to create a desktop shortcut for each of your frequently used resolutions. This can be done by making a shortcut to RDP and adding the following flags:
  • /w:[width] and /h:[height]
Examples of shortcuts would then be:
  • Docked: %SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /w:1600 /h:1200
  • Laptop: %SystemRoot%\system32\mstsc.exe /w:1920 /h:1200