ARCHIVED: In Windows, how do I switch the MS-DOS command prompt between windowed and full-screen mode?
If the MS-DOS prompt (also known as the command
prompt) takes up all of your screen in Windows 95,
98, Me, NT, 2000, or
Alt-Enter to switch from full-screen
mode to windowed mode. The screen may flicker when you switch modes,
but this is normal.
If you like having the command prompt displayed full-screen, press
Alt-Tab to move between open windows.
You have two options for closing the
window if it is not full-screen. You can enter
the prompt, or click the close box (small box with an X in it, in the
upper right corner of the window). To close the command prompt from
the full-screen mode, you must enter
exit . Windows
remembers what mode the program was in when you exited it, and will
reopen it in that mode.
Note: Windows 7 and Windows Vista do not have native support for for full-screen or "DOS" mode. While it is possible to resize the command prompt window to occupy the whole screen, the windowed elements will remain (i.e, the title bar and minimize/maximize/restore buttons).
Last modified on August 15, 2012.