Did Microsoft change how fullscreen works? Previously, when clicking on a windowed game in Windows 8, it went automatically full screen. Now it stays windows. Which is fine, except I can't find a way to make it go full screen. Alt+Enter maximizes it but I still see the chrome and the action bar. What am I doing wrong?

I have a Nvidia graphics card if that is of relevance

  • ALT+ENTER never did what you describe, if it did, then it was a function of that specific program. The keyboard shortcut you mention has not changed since Windows 7. Why don't you just enable fullscreen mode within the program's settings? The shortcut does the following "Open the properties for the selected object" that is all it does or ever did.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 1, 2015 at 18:00
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    @Ramhound: ALT+ENTER to fullscreen a window is a common Windows shortcut - possibly just a convention, but one that Microsoft themselves used - dating back to at least Windows 95 and possibly to 16-bit Windows versions. It was frequently used for things like making a DOS program (running in a window) fill the screen, but was also used on many 32-bit programs. In fact, as of Win8.1 (I'm not on my Win10 box at the moment) it still works as an alternative to F11 to put IE11 in fullscreen mode.
    – CBHacking
    Sep 1, 2015 at 18:04
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    @CBHacking - I can only tell the author what Microsoft says it actually does. I can tell you it does not place Chrome into fullscren mode, only F11 does that, so IE11 goes into fullscreen mode for a different reason. I can provide the keyboard shortcut list if you want.
    – Ramhound
    Sep 1, 2015 at 18:07
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    That's for Explorer specifically, not Windows in general. Of course, that's true of all keyboard shortcuts; programs can override anything except CTRL+ALT+DEL. Whether MS put it on that list or not, ALT+ENTER is a common shortcut for "toggle full screen", in fact a number of my games use it too (though I haven't tried them on Win10). That comes back to the actual question, which seems to be "Why does Win10 still show window chrome when a game tries to go full screen"? As you say, the game is processing the shortcut, so Win10 is displaying "full screen" mode differently for some reason.
    – CBHacking
    Sep 1, 2015 at 18:18
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    I have observed the behaviour both in Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age 3 Inquisition
    – Nilzor
    Sep 1, 2015 at 20:13

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Alt-Enter does not work for chrome (nor any other browser), as said above in the comments, it only works on microsoft related stuff (for example cmd). IF you're looking for something to work like that, use F11.

Edit: It works for some games too.

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