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This annoyed me for a while, but as usual; really annoying problems have quite simple solutions.

Some sw I just don't use often enough to remember its hotkeys, like PuTTY. So I end up using the toolbar-menu or the right-click menu to achieve what I need. A couple of times however I have been quite at a loss with PuTTY when right-clicking the title-bar and selecting fullscreen from the menu.

How do I exit fullscreen again without exiting PuTTY? I don't remember the hotkey for it, and now there is no visible menu/title-bar!

--edit-- I still don't know the default "toggle fullscreen" hotkey for PuTTY, so if someone want to enlighten me on that they are very welcome to. :)

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From the manual: Full screen mode

If you find the title bar on a maximised window to be ugly or distracting, you can select Full Screen mode to maximise PuTTY ‘even more’. When you select this, PuTTY will expand to fill the whole screen and its borders, title bar and scrollbar will disappear. (You can configure the scrollbar not to disappear in full-screen mode if you want to keep it; see section 4.7.3.)

When you are in full-screen mode, you can still access the system menu if you click the left mouse button in the extreme top left corner of the screen.

It seems you have found yet another way by Ctrl+right click.

And regarding the key combo to enter/leave full screen, there is at least a configuration option to use Alt+Enter. I don't have access to PuTTY right now to test, but I believe that this used to be enabled by default. Once again from the manual:

4.9.7 ‘Full screen on Alt-Enter’

If this option is enabled, then pressing Alt-Enter will cause the PuTTY window to become full-screen. Pressing Alt-Enter again will restore the previous window size.

The full-screen feature is also available from the System menu, even when it is configured not to be available on the Alt-Enter key. See section

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A very good answer :) Descriptive and also well structured! Me Like ;) – Superole Jan 7 '13 at 12:01

Luckily, now I have found the answer. It was trivial as expected, but since it has bothered me on more than one occasion, I decided it deserved a su post. Feel free to disagree with me on that ;)

To access PuTTYs right-click menu when in fullscreen mode just:

  • ctrl + right-click

...from there ofcourse you can choose to exit fullscreen :)

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