Opening the command prompt ("cmd") on Vista into full screen causes the application to take up 100% vertical space, but only about 50% horizontal. Is there not a way I can make this fullscreen? If it's simply not possible, what is a good replacement?
To increase the window width you can right-click the title bar, go to Properties, and change the buffer size under the Layout tab. After this you can make the window larger. In modern versions of Windows, however, text wrapping is on by default, which resizes the buffer automatically.
You can also use the
mode command to resize the buffer and window, e.g.:
mode con lines=90000 cols=90000
Furthermore, from Windows 10 onward you can again use Alt+Enter or F11 to actually make it fullscreen (since Windows 7 this did not work anymore).
For a replacement, you could look at Take Command, it has both a normal console replacement, and a windowy tool where you can open multiple tabs with individual console sessions.
You can of course turn off all those extra things so that you only have the console part.
Umm.. If you have Vista(i have 7) you could install the graphics driver for XP in XP compatiblity mode under Vista. Then, it will install the same - for XP, but you lose Aero interface. And then, you get the amazing Fullscreen mode in CMD!
PS:This will eventually work, i am responsible for any damage or poofs that crush your graphics. If such happens, please tell me. I will help you or if i don't know how to restore, you must stay in this poof or reinstall vista driver. Crushed.
You can use ConEmu for ALT+ENTER fullscreen: