This is a Quicktip I (regrettably) can not take any credit for, as it was recently highlighted to me during a conversation with Shane Griffith (3ds Max Product Manager) and Gary Davis (Super-Star 3ds Max Application Engineer). This quick tip allows you to make more of your screen real-estate by removing dead User Interface (UI) space above the command panel. Below you can see a screen grab that should be familiar to you. This shows the dead space we wish to remove from 3ds Max’s User Interface.
1. First, ensure 3ds Max is closed.
2. Now we begin to remove the un-wanted space. We now do this by finding our 3ds Max initiation file (3dsmax.ini) and opening from Windows Explorer. (If you are unsure of editing ini files, then make a copy first to ensure you can restore the file.). In Windows7 navigate to the below folder location:
C:\Users\<your username>\AppData\Local\Autodesk\<your version of 3ds Max>\enu\
3. From here we need to add the following line of code, underneath the ‘[WindowState]’ header.
4. Your 3dsMax.ini file should now look like the below screen grab. (Click to enlarge).
5. Now save your 3dsMax.ini file and restart your version of 3ds Max. (Remember to make a backup if your unsure).
Thankfully, this should work with most versions of 3ds Max, allowing you to take full control of your large screen resolutions.