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wilbrian (Programmer) (OP)
18 Apr 02 13:03
Is there a way to set up the running of a DOS program in Full Screen on a WindowsXp Professional computer?  I still have several users who need to use DOS programs.  In Windows 98 I can set up a shortcut and by adjusting the properties I can have the DOS program occupy the entire screen.  In WindowsXp, no matter what combination of screen settings I adjust, I can only get a DOS program to occupy the upper half of the screen.  I can make it so the DOS program is the only thing displaying on the screen (i.e. no part of Windows shows up), but something with the fonts used or something else causes the DOS program to be "scrunched" into the upper half of the display, leaving the bottom half just blank (with the background color of the DOS program's menu).  Any ideas?
mithrilhall (Programmer)
18 Apr 02 16:24
Lets go over the NT/W2K/XP DOS windows options.
Open a emulated DOS window:

Start
Programs
Accessories
Command Prompt
Right-click on the title bar
Select Defaults
or
Start
Run
Open: cmd
Right-click on the title bar
Select Defaults
Select the first tab, Options. Here you can set the cursor size; display option, either full screen or a window mode; command history; and edit options. The Edit Options include QuickEdit mode which allows you to select and copy and paste DOS text; insert mode; and AutoComplete mode. Command history includes Buffer size which is the number of commands to remember so they can be recalled by scrolling by pressing the up arrow / down arrow.

Select the second tab, Font. Here you can set the default font and font size which selects the window size.

Select the third tab, Layout. Here you set the screen buffer size and the windows size. By setting the screen buffer size to a higher number (mine is at 500), you buffer lines displayed and you will be able to scroll back to see them. You can also set the windows size in colum width and lines.

Select the last tab, Colors. Here you can choose text and background colors.

Experiment with the options to fit your work habits.

mithrilhall (Programmer)
18 Apr 02 16:25
Or more simply....open your dos window and right-click the title bar, choose properties and check the full-screen checkbox.

J741 (TechnicalUser)
19 Apr 02 17:00
In pure DOS, full-screen is 25 lines of text by default.  In Windows XP, the default for a DOS session is 50 lines of text.

To change this for each program, start the program (in full-screen).  Then press ctrl-enter to change to a window.  Next, right-click on the icon in the upper left corner and select "properties".  Now go to the "layout" tab and change the "window size" so that the height is only 25 lines.  It should ask you if you want to apply the changes for only the current session, or for each time you use this program.  Finally, press ctrl-enter to go back to full-screen.
waltoml (MIS)
29 Apr 02 13:19
Just bring up the dos program and hit <alt><enter>.  It will go to full screen mode.

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