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How can I launch Google Chrome in fullscreen mode from a shortcut?

I have tried the CLI arguments --start-maximized and --kiosk, but both do not activate the regular fullscreen mode (i.e. when you press F11).

If only there was a way to automatically press F11 once Google Chrome was open...

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

Update:

I've worked on a more complete solution based on the script below. It is called FEleven and it is hosted on GitHub: https://github.com/iglvzx/FEleven

One of the main benefits of FEleven over the the solution below is that I've included built-in support for Google Chrome and other browsers, allowing you to omit the window-title parameter, i.e.:

feleven "path\to\chrome.exe ..."

If only there was a way to automatically press F11 once Google Chrome was open...

There is! With a little help from AutoHotkey we can launch Google Chrome in fullscreen mode. Now, F11 is pretty standard as a fullscreen keyboard shortcut, so we will write a script that can work with any program we throw at it! Let's begin...


1. Setup

So, one little known feature about AutoHotkey is that you can call scripts from the command line (and with parameters). We will be compiling the following script; I named mine Fullscreen.exe.

#SingleInstance, Force
#NoTrayIcon
SetTitleMatchMode, RegEx

Title = %1%
Title := Title . "$"
Target = %2%

Run, %Target%

WinWaitActive, %Title%
Send, {F11}

ExitApp

If instead you would like to maximize the window instead of pressing F11, replace Send, {F11} above with:

Send, !{Space}
Send, x

Outline:

  1. Launch the Target

  2. Once we have an active window whose title ends with our Title, send F11 to enable fullscreen mode.

Note: If don't want to install AutoHotkey or compile your own script, I have uploaded a compiled script for you on my server:
icon ahk.igalvez.net/Fullscreen.exe, 772 KB

Alternative for maximizing the window:
icon ahk.igalvez.net/Maximize.exe, 772 KB


Demonstration:

Now, you can launch an application in fullscreen by calling the .exe like so:

Fullscreen "Title" "Target"

Assuming that you are currently in the directory where Fullscreen.exe is located, or Fullscreen.exe is in a %Path% directory.

Example:

Fullscreen "- Google Chrome" "%LocalAppData%\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe"

Use it in shortcut (.lnk) or a batch (.bat) file!

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Clever! I don't really use the fullscreen mode, but the general idea (open X and send Y to the window) will come in handy. –  Dennis May 31 '12 at 6:21

The app mode should do the trick: it launches your instance of chrome in a full screen, separate window.

chrome.exe --app=https://my_url.com
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And I think is quicker than the accepted answer :-) (Even though FEleven can be used for anything, which makes it super useful) –  Antoine Lizée Jul 16 '13 at 2:07
  1. Close all Chrome Windows.
  2. Open One Window.
  3. Click on upper right of Window (3 horizontal lines)
  4. From Drop Down Menu - Go to the Bottom and Click - EXIT

Fixed!

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This works like a charm - thanks! –  PolyGeo Sep 16 at 6:40

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