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TightVNC allows us to make a remote session full-screen, so that the remote screen takes up our entire monitor.

Under Windows XP, to "restore" (un-maximize) a full-screen session back into a windowed session, we would hit Alt-ESC (or the Windows key) to display our own taskbar, and then right-click on the TightVNC Viewer's taskbar icon where the pop-up menu would have a "restore" option. This entire pop-up menu appears to be gone under Windows 7. The only choice now is to close the session, but it remembers to show all future sessions in full-screen (!).

One nuisance caused by this problem is that I cannot drag the remote session onto my second monitor. Another is that I can't get to the Viewer toolbar and start a file transfer.

Is there a way to exit full-screen under Windows 7 with TightVNC Viewer?

Or, how can I reset this stored value so that I can see future remote sessions in a window?

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To exit TightVNC's full screen on Windows 7:

Press all four keys: Ctrl + Alt + Shift + F

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This is not working in the Java Viewer. I found no solution but to reset the preferences entirely (by deleting the appropriate glavsoft registry key) - Win7+Java7 –  snorbi Jul 2 '13 at 10:22
Thank you! I cannot seem to remember this one on my own... –  sjas Jul 16 '13 at 10:55

And... to force any future session to be windowed rather than full-screen:

Start TightVNC Viewer and enter your remote address, but before hitting the Connect button, open the Options dialog and de-select the Full Screen checkbox.

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If you hover your mouse near the top of the screen in the middle, a menu will pop up with the full screen button on it. Click again to get out.

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Press the Start button, click once on the taskbar, move your cursor to the vncviewer to get the aero peek, right click in it and deselect Full screen. Voila!

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