Is it possible to force fullscreen in any application in elementary OS? I use Vim in my everyday work, but I would like to use gVim, but I don't see a way to make gVim fullscreen.


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You definitely can for gVim. I think this works on most apps, including ones that don't have a full screen mode, for example System Settings.

Open up System Settings and click Keyboard and then check you are on the Shortcuts Tab and Windows is selected in the sidebar:

Then click on the "Disabled" text in line with the Toggle Full Screen and press a shortcut key of your choice.

I went for Ctrl + Alt + 9 as it worked in gVim. You could go for something else, but I'd advise against F11 - or any Function key.

Then you can easily toggle full screen on any app:

  • Ohhh thanks man, I post this questions in several places and I didn't have an answer until now, thanks again. Commented Nov 21, 2015 at 15:22
  • Great ! any idea why there isn't any shortcut when installing the OS ? I mean it's a feature that nearly everyone uses, and I don't see a reason why not to put a shortcut on it Commented Apr 22, 2020 at 8:52

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