How can I make the cmd.exe window full-screen in Windows 7?


This is a more concise way to perform the steps in @Enrique's answer. I'm posting this in case the source in his answer disappears.

  1. Open a command prompt (cmd.exe)
  2. From inside the command prompt window, run wmic
  3. Right-Click the title bar of the command prompt window and select Properties
  4. Check QuickEdit Mode
  5. Exit the command prompt

All subsequent launches of the command prompt will have a horizontal scroll bar and support maximizing the window.

Once these steps have been followed, I'm not sure how to return the command prompt to the original state.


Look for the Windows XP driver of your graphic cards and install it.

You will lose Aero, but cmd.exe will be able to enter fullscreen by pressing Alt + Enter.

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    Losing Aero will probably be the least of your problems. – Dennis Jan 29 '13 at 1:14

What I have found necessary, is increasing the buffer size to a large enough value that it can fill the screen.

  • Launch cmd.exe

  • Click the icon on the top-left corner of the window

  • Click Properties in the menu

  • Click the Layout tab

  • Set the Width and Height of Screen Buffer size to a large value (if the value is not large enough, cmd.exe will still not go fullscreen; e.g. 300 x 300)

  • Set the Width and Height of Window size to a larger value (e.g. 160 x 55 works fine on a resolution of 1366x768; for higher resolution the value must be larger)

  • Now you can click the 'Maximize' icon on the top right corner (or press win+up)

You can then re-size the window if you do not want it fullscreen.


Press Alt + Enter.

That's it.

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    Alt-Enter no loger works in Win7 for console windows. – Sam Axe Jan 29 '13 at 1:04
  • It doesnt work in Windows 8 either – Keltari Dec 17 '14 at 20:44