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How to make Remote Desktop go fullscreen?

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crawfish
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I'm using Windows 11 and DF 10 Beta 16, and I like to always view Remote Desktop as fullscreen. However, at least once a day, I find that when I switch to it, it has spontaneously gone to the restored state, which is a regular floating window. I made a DF trigger that maximizes the window when it gets the focus, but it just maximizes it above the host system taskbar. This is different than clicking the window's maximize button, or hovering over its taskbar icon, right-clicking the thumbnail view, and choosing "Maximize". Both those actions make it go fullscreen. Is there any way to do what I want with DF?
Jul 24, 2022  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
If that window can be made full screen via key combination, I can make up a script that sends those keys and you can attach it to your trigger. Just let me know what keys need to be sent.

Thanks!
Jul 26, 2022  • #2
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crawfish
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Win+Up Arrow works
Jul 26, 2022  • #3
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
I've attached a script below that should do this. You can import it via the DisplayFusion Settings > Functions > Scripted Function > Import Scripted Function.

Hope that helps!
• Attachment: Send Keys Win + Up.dfscript [2,129 bytes]
Jul 27, 2022  • #4
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crawfish
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It works, thanks. Weird that Microsoft is distinguishing user input means of maximizing a window from the programmatic method I expect DisplayFusion is using. But that's Microsoft for you...
Jul 30, 2022  • #5
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crawfish
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Unfortunately, it's even weirder than it seemed. Turns out that if there is an open window in the Remote Desktop session, say, a Notepad++ window, it also receives the Win+Up sent by DisplayFusion, so both the Notepad++ window and Remote Desktop container window are maximized (with Remote Desktop going fullscreen as desired). This does not happen after clicking on the taskbar icon, finding the Remote Desktop window in the restored state, and pressing Win+Up myself; with this sequence, only the Remote Desktop window maximizes (fullscreens), and Notepad++ is left alone.
Aug 5, 2022 (modified Aug 5, 2022)  • #6
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crawfish
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I figured out what causes the Remote Desktop window to go from the Fullscreen to Restored state, which happens even when Remote Desktop is minimized, and it's due to a new window/monitor management behavior in Windows 11.

My video card is an RTX 3060 Ti, and I have three displays attached, two monitors and a Sony A80J TV. Unlike prior TVs, this Sony does this weird thing when powered on/off, in which it briefly disappears from Windows. Windows even has a separate settings collection for the "off" state. Prior TVs have all been present continuously, like monitors. Anyway, during this 1-2 second transition, the entire desktop on my main monitor briefly shrinks and expands, and it's this event that messes up the (usually minimized) Remote Desktop window. If there any way to defeat this new Windows 11 "feature"?
Aug 15, 2022  • #7
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Aug 16, 2022  • #8
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crawfish
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No help, unfortunately. Just to be clear, the temporary desktop shrinkage is like someone is doing a pinch-to-zoom gesture on the entire desktop then releasing it after a second or two. No other windows are affected, just that Remote Desktop window which is driving me crazy.
Aug 16, 2022  • #9
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
Unfortunatley I don't think there's anything we can really do here from our end.

I did find this thread though, which is interesting: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/rdp-window-resizing-uncontrollably/1c75f8a5-8865-4bcd-9edd-486d13577e7f. It looks like in a recent Windows 10 update, which might include Windows 11, those RDP windows are doing some funky stuff when switched from full screen to windowed. May be worth following that thread to see if anything comes out of it :)
Aug 17, 2022  • #10
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