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Remote desktop full screen mode not going full screen

    Question

  • Hi,

    Running Windows 7 RTM x64 on both my PC at home and my workstation at work.
    My PC at home has a square monitor and my work PC has a widescreen monitor.
    I used webapps (citrix) from home to get into work environment then remoted to my workstation.
    Since doing that, when I am physically at the workstation (at work), I can no longer remote desktop to servers in full screen mode.  Instead, it does a smaller window with "full screen settings".  Basically the full screen remote desktop is about 3/4 size of the monitor, not 100%.

    Any help appreciated.

    -thanks
    Friday, November 20, 2009 2:25 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    -Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
    -Click on "Options".
    -Click on the "Display" tab.
    -On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
    -By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".

    Thanks
    • Proposed as answer by Dale QiaoModerator Monday, November 23, 2009 9:08 AM
    • Marked as answer by flayofish Monday, November 23, 2009 5:01 PM
    Saturday, November 21, 2009 7:05 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    -Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
    -Click on "Options".
    -Click on the "Display" tab.
    -On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
    -By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".

    Thanks
    • Proposed as answer by Dale QiaoModerator Monday, November 23, 2009 9:08 AM
    • Marked as answer by flayofish Monday, November 23, 2009 5:01 PM
    Saturday, November 21, 2009 7:05 AM
  • Setting slidebar to full screen did the trick, thanks!
    • Proposed as answer by Rohit Gopidi Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:26 PM
    Monday, November 23, 2009 5:01 PM
  • many, MANY thanks - this solved my problem with having to use the scrollbar on an RDP session using Win7 - it was REALLY becoming frustrating - AGAIN THANK YOU
    • Proposed as answer by rightvol Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:00 AM
    Wednesday, September 01, 2010 3:10 PM
  • thanks!

    Tuesday, November 23, 2010 3:00 AM
  • Thank you very much.
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 6:21 PM
  • Hi,

    -Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
    -Click on "Options".
    -Click on the "Display" tab.
    -On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
    -By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".

    Thanks
    This does not address the fact that this functionality is broken in basically all version of Remote Desktop Connection.  The real problem is that when you switch from RDPing into one machine with a given resolution, and then to another with a different resolution, it always remembers the last resolution, and so you end up with a mismatched RDP window that will not go full screen until you disconnect, then adjust the slider again.  FIX THIS!!! It's incredibly annoying.  The RDP client should re-detect each time it is connecting to any machine what the full screen resolution should be.   God this annoys me every single day.
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 7:16 PM
  • I'm with ya @jamieschmidt. Super annoying. For years this has been a problem. If I exit from full screen, I can never get it back, unless I disconnect and reconnect. I need daily counseling because of this. Remote Desktop Team: PLEASE have RD remember your favorite machines and allow you to go back to full screen without an exit. I wish you could also re-size in session, instead of seeing scroll bars.
    Thursday, December 23, 2010 10:36 PM
  • You can - sortof - go back into full screen mode by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Pause/Break.  This allows you to switch without disconnecting and reconnecting, but there are two gotchas:

    1.  It actually doesn't change the resolution, so it may go into fullscreen mode with the blue bar at the top, but still have scrollbars at the side.

    2.  Most of the time when I actually want to do this I'm on a notebook which doesn't have a Pause/Break key!!  Makes it tricky

     

    I agree that it's kind of broken.  I'm often switching between different external monitors with different resolutions and I'm sick of having to always go to the display tab and click full screen.  I ALWAYS want it fullscreen!

    • Proposed as answer by ale_guilamo Thursday, January 05, 2012 1:11 PM
    Sunday, January 09, 2011 10:49 PM
  • I seem to be suddenly running into this with XP.   Possibly an upgrade was pushed to my desktop while I was away from the office for a week.  In any case, I use Remote Desktop to get to all my lab machines and I used to get a small bar across the top with only pin/min/max/close buttons; no scroll bars needed.  I was at the full screen of the computer I remoted to.  Now my Remote Desktop always opens in an actual window, with borders on 4 sides, and I have to scroll to the bottom to use the START button or task bar, then I have scroll back to the top to fully see what's on the desktop.  This scrolling up and down, left and right, is a pain in the neck.  I read that I can change the saved RDP file, but I don't know what file that is or how to find it.  Do I have to save a different options file for every computer that I remote to? 

    Thank you, Nancy 

    Monday, March 14, 2011 3:20 PM
  • Thank you!
    Wednesday, March 23, 2011 4:14 PM
  • I  have this problem too ... On Windows 7. 

     

    Dell XPS14 laptop ... No Pause Key ... No Break Key... (ctrl +alt + fn + F12) doesn't work.

     

    The thing that bugs me most is ..... What's changed and WHY?

    I've been using remote desktop for years and maximizing always used to send it to full screen.

    Now suddenly I can't go to full screen without exiting and resetting the screen size with the slide bar in the options!

    WHY ?!?!?!?!?!?


    Seems this has been broken in Windows 7. It still works fine as it used to on my old M65 running Vista.

    Why has this been broken in Windows 7? How come no one at MS noticed?

     

    The marked answer is not acceptable. Sure it works when you initially open the connection but if you minimize or restore the window the problem comes back as before.



    Monday, April 04, 2011 1:39 PM
  • Ctrl-Alt-Pause!  Oh, perfect!  I kept "normalizing" remote desktop, only to find I couldn't go back to fullscreen by maximizing.  Thanks a lot!
    • Proposed as answer by NeosTotem Thursday, November 22, 2012 8:51 AM
    Wednesday, April 06, 2011 12:23 AM
  • You can - sortof - go back into full screen mode by pressing Ctrl + Alt + Pause/Break.  This allows you to switch without disconnecting and reconnecting, but there are two gotchas:

    1.  It actually doesn't change the resolution, so it may go into fullscreen mode with the blue bar at the top, but still have scrollbars at the side.

    2.  Most of the time when I actually want to do this I'm on a notebook which doesn't have a Pause/Break key!!  Makes it tricky

     

    I agree that it's kind of broken.  I'm often switching between different external monitors with different resolutions and I'm sick of having to always go to the display tab and click full screen.  I ALWAYS want it fullscreen!


    The Ctrl + Alt + Pause/Break function worked great for me. Thanks !!!
    Thursday, April 14, 2011 3:46 PM
  • For laptop users without a Pause/Break there is usually a function button (Fn) that will give you access to secondary key functions.  (Pause is in blue on my F12 key.)

    Ctrl+Alt+Fn+Pause

    This worked for me.

    Thursday, May 05, 2011 7:51 PM
  • THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!! i was about to throw my brand new laptop out the window after leaving hate mail on my microsofty-friend's facebook wall. :) why would anyone not want to max/"full screen" ??????!!!!!!!!!!!
    Friday, May 06, 2011 4:58 AM
  • The CTRL + ALT + Break works for me too!! You must made my working life less frustrating. Thank you!
    Monday, May 23, 2011 5:46 AM
  • I  have this problem too ... On Windows 7. 

     

    Dell XPS14 laptop ... No Pause Key ... No Break Key... (ctrl +alt + fn + F12) doesn't work.

     

    The thing that bugs me most is ..... What's changed and WHY?

    I've been using remote desktop for years and maximizing always used to send it to full screen.

    Now suddenly I can't go to full screen without exiting and resetting the screen size with the slide bar in the options!

    WHY ?!?!?!?!?!?


    Seems this has been broken in Windows 7. It still works fine as it used to on my old M65 running Vista.

    Why has this been broken in Windows 7? How come no one at MS noticed?

     

    The marked answer is not acceptable. Sure it works when you initially open the connection but if you minimize or restore the window the problem comes back as before.



    Hi, I'm on a Dell Inspiron N5010 and for me, the winning combination was Ctrl-Alt-Fn-F6. Toggles full screen and windowed screen.
    Wednesday, September 07, 2011 12:16 AM
  • Hi, I'm on a Dell Inspiron N5010 and for me, the winning combination was Ctrl-Alt-Fn-F6. Toggles full screen and windowed screen.
    And I'm on a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge, and for me the magic combo was Ctrl-Alt-Fn-P. Thanks!
    Wednesday, September 28, 2011 1:01 AM
  • Also, make sure the "Use all my monitors for the remote session" box underneath the slider bar is unchecked if you have two differing monitor resolutions, because it will select the smaller of the two in order to make it completely fit on both screens.  Likewise, if you switch from a larger screen height inside of your RDP session, you will still see the scrollbars because the RDP client recognizes the larger of the screens as the "Full Screen" option.

    There is definitely work that can be done to make this process less painful.  Step your game up, MS.

    Tuesday, October 04, 2011 2:20 PM
  • Thanks Buddy, It worked problem solved......
    Hi,

    -Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
    -Click on "Options".
    -Click on the "Display" tab.
    -On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
    -By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".

    Thanks

    Sunday, October 09, 2011 4:35 AM
  • It did the trick.  Great.  Thanks
    Thursday, October 13, 2011 1:18 PM
  • Thanks for the post, it helped me to recall the key combination.

     

     

    Sunday, October 30, 2011 6:48 PM
  • I find that minimizing (the flat line icon) the remote window versus restoring down (the stacked windows icon) allows me to resume full screen mode.  It requires some retraining but works effectively.  Unfortunately I've been unsuccessful with any of the Alt-Fn-Cntrl solutions :(  Happy Holidays!
    • Proposed as answer by Pooka Head Monday, November 28, 2011 8:44 PM
    Monday, November 28, 2011 8:44 PM
  • thanq so much...
    Tuesday, December 06, 2011 5:42 PM
  • Hi,

    Thanks a lot, this worked for me.

     

    Friday, December 23, 2011 2:06 PM
  • Please use the color depth of  the remote session as Hghest Quality (32 bit). this will fix it out

    • Proposed as answer by Ravishna Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:42 AM
    Tuesday, January 10, 2012 3:31 AM
  • My XPS laptop takes cnt-alt-fn-delete as the combo to toggle full screen remote desktop
    Wednesday, February 22, 2012 2:37 AM
  • Thank you so much. This worked for me like a charm :)
    Tuesday, March 13, 2012 8:14 PM
  • Thanks for information
    Wednesday, March 21, 2012 7:02 AM
  • Thanks for the information.. That Works !!
    Thursday, March 22, 2012 8:26 PM
  • Thank you... it work for me
    Tuesday, March 27, 2012 8:18 AM
  • Thank you very much. This has been an issue for me and that's all it took. Much thanks

    Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:35 PM
  • Ta muchly
    Monday, May 21, 2012 12:51 PM
  • Thanks!

    This post must be marked as answer. ;)

    Wednesday, June 13, 2012 2:13 PM
  • Clutch.  Thanks for nailing that.  I am embarassed to have suffered through the issue so long.
    Friday, June 15, 2012 5:31 AM
  • Thank you, dariomartinezb!!!  After upgrading my VPN, I all of a sudden couldn't get the RD window to maximize, but Ctrl-Alt-Fn-F6 did the trick!!  Thanks for having the same laptop as well :)
    Saturday, June 23, 2012 4:40 PM
  • Thank you very much. Today was the first time I used remote desktop in Win7 and I got this problem. I tried to do every other thing and saw the slider too, but never thought that moving it to the extreme will make it go full screen. 

    Thanks a lot, dude. Have a good day!


    Regards, Tan (A Monarch is honored in his own country; a learned man, throughout the world!)

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 7:28 AM
  • Hi AaronThorpe,

    Thanks for the wonderful findings! I'm having quite a trouble with my RDP sessions if I've accidentally restored to windows mode, but with Ctrl+Alt+Break, this problem is solved :)

    Btw, Microsoft has released a hotfix to address this issue. It seems that this issue occur when running with the resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. No wonder my home laptop running 1280 x 1024 pixels doesn't experience this problem, but my office laptop does. For those who cannot reset to full mode (eg. your keyboard doesn't have Break), this hotfix should help:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2582172

    • Proposed as answer by WoodJB Monday, October 29, 2012 4:16 PM
    Monday, July 30, 2012 5:33 AM
  • Thanks alot.
    Tuesday, August 07, 2012 5:54 PM
  • Thanks ..

    This also works for me...

    Tuesday, September 25, 2012 1:21 PM
  • Hi,

    -Start "Remote Desktop Connection".
    -Click on "Options".
    -Click on the "Display" tab.
    -On "Display configuation" settings, you can change the "Remote Desktop Connection" display by moving the slider from "Small to Large".
    -By moving the "Slider" all the way to large, the display settings will automatically set to "Full Screen".

    Thanks
    Thanks
    Wednesday, October 03, 2012 5:21 AM
  • Nice one, did this by accident once, But for love or money could not work it out again..
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:15 AM
  • This IS the REAL answer for the above mentioned problem. Thanks.
    Thursday, October 25, 2012 8:59 AM
  • Hi shgtss thx for awesome answer now my remote is full screen

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:40 AM
  • Hi Thank for Valuable information
    Saturday, November 03, 2012 4:47 PM
  • Hi,

    Please try the following

    Cntrl + Fn + Alt + insert

    • Proposed as answer by Charmy Vora Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:37 AM
    Thursday, November 15, 2012 5:37 AM
  • Ctrl + Alt + Pause/Break is exactly what I was looking for - thanks!  Note that on a notebook computer, you'll likely have to do Ctrl + Alt + Pause + Fn, since there's no separate Pause/Break key.
    • Edited by Mark Riordan Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:58 PM
    Thursday, November 22, 2012 7:57 PM
  • Hi, If you don´t have pause key (Like my vostro 3450 and many others...) we´re screwed up, the only way is double clicking the title bar (windows basics), much for minimize like for full screen back.

    Now, if you have a multi-monitor this trick only works in the display where you started the full screen.

    As last resource you may restart your RDP connection with "mstsc /f" command to avoid reconfiguring your RDP like they said above

    Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:33 PM
  • Life saver, connect to up to 100 servers during a normal day and was pulling hair out. Virtual drink on its way to you

    Thursday, April 04, 2013 1:40 PM
  • Thanks ...it works.
    Thursday, August 01, 2013 3:39 AM
  • Thanks buddy........really helpful
    Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:16 AM
  • I am on a Lenovo ThinkPad X1, and my winning RDP fullscreen shortcut combination was Ctrl-Alt-Fn-B. Hope this helps someone!

    Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:04 AM
  • Thanks
    Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:08 PM
  • Great Work

    Thanks

    Saturday, October 26, 2013 4:20 AM
  • Hi Team,

    Currently Use office Windows 7 (32 bit) in my System but i want netmeeting from my Partner System use in Windows XP Service Pack 3 . so I wan't take remote or  trobuleshooting  Partner System Some Issue Citrix issue...

    I don't use Netmeeting  ......

    Windows 7 use  Run MSRA

    Not to take Netmeeting in Windows XP

    Regards,

    Subodh.

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:34 PM
  • Thanks. its help me....
    Tuesday, December 03, 2013 9:02 AM
  • Thank you very much. Solved my problem. :)
    Saturday, December 07, 2013 4:52 AM
  • Thank you. It really helped me a lot.

    Ramesh

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 3:51 AM
  • Thank You!! :)
    Friday, January 31, 2014 11:46 PM
  • THANK YOU!!! I was going nuts wondering what the heck happened!!! This provided resolution for me :)
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 11:44 PM
  • Thanks for the tip !!!  It helped me a lot .

    Saturday, February 15, 2014 6:08 PM