I am new to macOS. My goal is to automatically open any application in full screen mode achieve the same result as by ctrl + cmd + f combination. I hope it is possible to set that in system preferences.

Thanks in advice.

  • If you close a window with the red dot, then the app will forget its last status. If you always remember that Cmd/Q is to quit an app, then windows will be remembered next launch, assuming you have the pref set that ljk mentions in his answer. [This also applies if you reboot the machine - apps & windows will be correctly restored if you didn't actually close them first]
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 25, 2017 at 19:22

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Seems like you can uncheck the "Close windows when quitting an application" option" under System Preference.

Starting Terminal as full screen by default



  • ...which I always thought was the default setting anyway. I'm betting we have a red dot closer, not an app quitter ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 25, 2017 at 19:21
  • when I close app via cmd + Q it works but not for every application. For Chrome it does not work. Do you know why?
    – mike927
    Jan 25, 2017 at 21:32
  • Chrome pretty much ignores the standard Mac toolbox in all respects - I guess that one is just another example of "we do it our way & !%^!* you."
    – Tetsujin
    Jan 26, 2017 at 9:35

Have you considered using something like BetterTouchTool? You can drag your windows to various corners and edges of the screen to make them full screen, half screen, quarter screen, etc. I personally use it because it's very customizable and it's easy to map shortcuts to common functions like full screen, left-half and right-halfscreen. Fwiw, it also offers the ability to customize the behavior your touchpad and mouse.

  • Does it allow the functionality asked for by the poster?
    – Tin Man
    Mar 31, 2018 at 11:54
  • Not quite but I’m don’t think it’s possible to open an app in full screen mode automatically.
    – Michael Wu
    Mar 31, 2018 at 12:34

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