Right-click the shortcut and select "Properties".
Click the "Shortcut" tab of the properties page.
In the lower portion of the page, set the "Run:" type to "Maximized".
Thanks. I've tried that before, but in windows 7 shortcut icons don't give you that option. There is no "shortcut" tab in properties. Programs will have that tab, but shortcuts won't. I've figured it out from another post. You open a shortcut, then open the same shortcut in another window. Close the first window, resize the second window with mouse to full screen, then hold "control" while exiting the resized window via the "file" then "exit". Next time you open any shortcut it will open in full screen. It works!!
Thanks again for responding.