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I have a problem with Remote Desktop connection in Windows 7. When I connect to remote computer I would like to switch to fullscreen like I did in previous versions - just by clicking maximize. When I was in fullscreen mode and I moved the mouse to the upper border of the screen a nice bar appeared and I could minimize RDP or close it.

In Windows 7 when I click on the maximize button the window maximizes like a normal window - menu start/taskbar (whatever you call it) is still visible and because the resolution of the rdp client desktop is set like on the computer that I'm using it's not fully visible and scrollbars appear. That's really annoying.

Can anyone tell me what to do? Is it a bug or maybe there is a "magic shortcut" that is poorly documented and does the trick? (I was trying to find it myself first of course, but no result)

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What do you have listed for your settings under the Display tab in the RDP client screen? Is it set all the way to the right? I can RDP to my 1680x1050 session with a 1280x1024 monitor without scrollbars in fullscreen. –  Darren Hall Jan 11 '10 at 23:59

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Try CTRL+ALT+BREAK - that should put you back in full screen mode.

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What a weird (moronic) shortcut :O –  Manu Feb 18 '14 at 15:13
Plus, I don't have a break key on my laptop. –  Manu Feb 18 '14 at 15:20
@Manu The key is Pause/Break. I'm sure that you have the key, you just might have to use a function key to access it. –  MiniRagnarok Oct 1 '14 at 12:49
@MiniRagnarok I thought so too, but I think they just removed it from the keyboard (dell inspiron 15). See g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/dell/… –  Manu Oct 1 '14 at 13:19
@Manu I can't believe Dell would leave you with no alternative. That's just dumb. It looks like most people had to resort to registry tweaks to map the Pause/Break key to something, use an external keyboard, or use the on-screen keyboard. It's absolutely ridiculous. –  MiniRagnarok Oct 1 '14 at 13:33

When you launch RDP dialog and before you logon/connect to the remote computer, select the Display Tab and set your display configuration. If you want full screen mode, set the slider all the way to the right.

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That works, but when I minimize I can't return to fullscreen is there a way to fix it ? –  kubal5003 Jan 12 '10 at 1:03
Strange, when you minimize that shouldn't happen. Try restarting the remote session. –  grooveDexter Jan 12 '10 at 2:59
Try clicking the "Restore down" button and then "Maximize" again, that worked for me. –  Eugene Feb 4 '10 at 1:21

This is very similar to question Remote Desktop won't maximize--which offers helpful images of how to configure your RDP session prior to logging in.

Also, Craig's suggestion of pressing ctrl-alt-break works well if your session fails to maximize when logging in or if it randomly jumps out of full-screen mode while in a session.

Finally, if you happen to prefer having the RDP title bar visible at the top of the screen during full-screen mode, but without the annoyance of scrollbars to the right and bottom of your screen, open your saved .rdp session file in a text editor and edit the following lines:

screen mode id:i:1
desktopwidth:i:<set to screen width>
desktopheight:i:<set to screen height>

Consider adjusting desktopheight:i to a lower number than the screen height if you prefer to keep the taskbar of your local computer visible beneath the RDP window.

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This is a known issue with systems running Windows 7 / Server 2008 R2 whose resolution is set at 1366×768. Microsoft has created a hotfix which you can read about / request here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2582172

If you're lazy or don't want to give MS your email, you can just download it from here. Just know that by doing so Microsoft will have no way of notifying you if there is a recall on the fix.

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I've also seen users not being able to maximize because of the Screen setting "Use multiple monitors for this connection" - when this is checked, the Full screen slider remains locked.

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Welcome to SuperUser - as this is not an answer, please post it as a comment as opposed to an answer. This will allow actual answers to be separated from commentary posts and help answers get found easier. –  Fazer87 Jan 16 at 9:19

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