Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10

In previous versions of Windows, you had the ability to enter fullscreen mode for the command prompt. Windows XP was the last version where this worked. In Windows Vista, Microsoft removed the fullscreen mode leaving us with a small black window. Recently, I covered that in Windows 10, the command prompt has been improved significantly by adding lots of new features. Now, with build 9879 of Windows 10, Microsoft has restored the ability to go fullscreen for the command prompt. Let's see how.

To try the full screen mode of the command prompt in Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open a new Command prompt window by launching the appropriate shortcut from the Start menu or by typing cmd into the Start menu search box and pressing Enter.
    cmd opened windows 10
  2. When command prompt starts, press Alt + Enter keys together on the keyboard

Voila, you will see that you have entered the fullscreen command prompt! Press Alt+Enter again to switch back to the windowed mode.
cmd opened windows 10 fullscreen
You can also try this trick with an elevated command prompt. Open a new elevated instance of cmd.exe and press Alt + Enter again.

That's it. I find it cool that Microsoft is reviving some useful old features in Windows 10.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “Open command prompt fullscreen in Windows 10”

  1. any way to code this into a cmd or a batch file directly to allow auto launch of the cmd window
    in full screen mode?

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