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I have a program running that insists on running cmd.exe in full screen. Is there a way to disable this feature?

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You did try [ALT]-[ENTER], right? – fretje Jul 22 '11 at 12:54
Of course. But that only gets me out of full screen. – Christian Jonassen Jul 22 '11 at 13:25
@Christian Jonassen: What's the name of the program? It might have an option to open the command prompt in windowed mode. – Larssend Jul 22 '11 at 13:34
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If you type do Start>Run>cmd and it opens in a regular box, the answer is almost certainly not. The program is calling the command box on its own, and in full-screen mode. You are not going to be able to change the program's code. I also know of no way to inhibit the cmd from running in full screen.

If do Start>Run>cmd and it opens in full screen, then it is something in your registry and we can attack that if you post back.

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Start->Run->cmd gives me a regular box ... – Christian Jonassen Jul 22 '11 at 13:25
That proves that it is programmatic and that short of somehow reverse engineering the software, changing the code, and re-compiling it, you will not be able to change it. I really doubt any other answer will manage to give you a successful outcome. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. – KCotreau Jul 22 '11 at 13:33
Note: Ctrl+space and setting properties worked for that particular application. – Christian Jonassen Jul 22 '11 at 13:43
Where did you set that exactly? Also, was the whole program opening full screen, or just calling a cmd box within it (as I thought)? – KCotreau Jul 22 '11 at 13:46
This sounds like the program is opening the window at full screen. You'll need to find a program that forces it to a certain size, which itself is difficult to write. – surfasb Jul 22 '11 at 21:51

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