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How can I make the cmd.exe window full-screen in Windows 7?

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This is a more concise way to perform the steps in @Enrique's answer. I'm posting this in case the source in his answer disappears.

  1. Open a command prompt (cmd.exe)
  2. From inside the command prompt window, run wmic
  3. Right-Click the title bar of the command prompt window and select Properties
  4. Check QuickEdit Mode
  5. Exit the command prompt

All subsequent launches of the command prompt will have a horizontal scroll bar and support maximizing the window.

Once these steps have been followed, I'm not sure how to return the command prompt to the original state.

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Look for the Windows XP driver of your graphic cards and install it.

You will lose Aero, but cmd.exe will be able to enter fullscreen by pressing Alt + Enter.

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Losing Aero will probably be the least of your problems. – Dennis Jan 29 '13 at 1:14

What I have found necessary, is increasing the buffer size to a large enough value that it can fill the screen.

  • Launch cmd.exe

  • Click the icon on the top-left corner of the window

  • Click Properties in the menu

  • Click the Layout tab

  • Set the Width and Height of Screen Buffer size to a large value (if the value is not large enough, cmd.exe will still not go fullscreen; e.g. 300 x 300)

  • Set the Width and Height of Window size to a larger value (e.g. 160 x 55 works fine on a resolution of 1366x768; for higher resolution the value must be larger)

  • Now you can click the 'Maximize' icon on the top right corner (or press win+up)

You can then re-size the window if you do not want it fullscreen.

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Press Alt + Enter.

That's it.

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Alt-Enter no loger works in Win7 for console windows. – Sam Axe Jan 29 '13 at 1:04
It doesnt work in Windows 8 either – Keltari Dec 17 '14 at 20:44

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