ALT+ENTER Switches Between Window and Full Screen

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When you run an application in a console window, you can press ALT+ENTER to switch the console into full screen view. The application running in the console window is displayed in full screen.

NOTE: ALT+ENTER only switches to full screen on x86 machines.


A console is a window that appears to run character-based applications from Windows NT, MS-DOS, or OS/2. When you start a character-based application in a console (for example, CMD.EXE), the application runs in the current console (unless you start it with the "start" command). If you start a Windows 32-bit or 16-bit application, it starts on the desktop.

To switch back and forth between a console and a full screen, press ALT+ENTER when the application has the focus.


Article ID: 81823 - Last Review: October 31, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
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