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When my mac reboots, I would like to have Terminal open in full-screen mode (not full window size). I'm on OS X 10.8.2. How can I configure this?

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To have Terminal open in full screen when logging in:

  1. Open Terminal, enter full screen (View>Enter Full Screen), then close it.

  2. Open System Preferences>General and uncheck the "Close windows when quitting an application" option:

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  3. Then add Terminal to your login items in System Preferences>Users & Groups:

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Next time you log in Terminal will open in full screen.

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Doing this makes Terminal open in full window size not full screen mode – CommonCents Feb 27 '13 at 16:05
Do we mean the same thing with 'full screen'/'full window size'? Full screen is what you get with View>Enter Full Screen. Full window size is what you get when clicking the green button in the top-left corner of the application window. I tested my answer on a Mac running OS X 10.8.2 and worked. – jaume Feb 27 '13 at 16:24
Yes, we mean the same thing. The only thing missing from your explanation was found here:… – CommonCents Feb 27 '13 at 16:35
Added that to my answer, great you got it working. – jaume Feb 28 '13 at 9:34

If you don't want to enable Resume, you could also set Settings > Shell > Startup > Run command to osascript -e 'tell app "System Events" to keystroke "f" using {control down, command down}'.

In iTerm you could:

  • Select Profiles > Window > Settings for New Windows > Style > Fullscreen
  • Uncheck General > Use Lion-style full screen windows (unless you like the animations for changing spaces, having ⌘H disabled, and not being able to open other windows over full screen windows)
  • Run defaults write com.googlecode.iterm2 NSQuitAlwaysKeepsWindows -bool false if you haven't disabled Resume in System Preferences (there is a bug where the menu bar is always shown in restored full screen windows)
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