How to Open a Window in a Full Screen

By Jason Artman

By default, almost all Windows applications open in windowed mode. This is a disappointment for those who would rather use their full available screen real estate. Fortunately, many Windows applications can be made to run in full screen mode using a number of different tricks.

Step 1

Hit the "Alt" and "Enter" keys on the keyboard simultaneously to trigger full screen mode in some applications. This shortcut works with many games and media players.

Step 2

Hit the "F11" key on the keyboard to enter full screen mode in the Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Google Chrome web browsers. Hit "F11" again to return to windowed mode.

Step 3

Hit the "Alt" and "V" keys on the keyboard simultaneously, then the "U" key to enter full screen mode in Microsoft Word, Excel, and other Office programs. Hit "Esc" to resume windowed operation.

Step 4

Right click on the shortcut icon for programs that do not respond to the above keyboard shortcuts, and click "Properties." Click the drop-down menu next to "Run," and select "Maximized." Click "OK" and run the program. Although there will still be a bar at the top of the window, it will take up the entire screen area.

Tips & Warnings

  • Unfortunately, not all applications have windows that can be re-sized, or are capable of running in full screen mode. In some cases, the tricks highlighted in this article may not be successful due to the limitations of the software being used.