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Old 10-16-2007, 12:15 AM   #1
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Question how to get console in full screen from desktop

once i used the shut down command in console to logout and when i logged in i was getting only one console in the entire screen .

is there any command to get this full screen console from desktop.

Old 10-16-2007, 12:22 AM   #2
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For Windows It is Alt+Enter . Just Try It.
Old 10-16-2007, 12:25 AM   #3
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i want it in linux
Old 10-16-2007, 01:28 AM   #4
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You can cycle between terminals using F1 - F7. F7 is usually the GUI. Depending on which window manager/desktop environment (KDE, Gnome, etc.) you're using, you can usually go to View > Full Screen. Sometimes ALT+ENTER also works.

Hope that helps.

Old 10-16-2007, 01:50 AM   #5
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To maximize any window,
use ALT + F10

to minimize to desktop use ALT+F9

to clear or flush the console screen use CTRL+L

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Old 10-16-2007, 02:02 AM   #6
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when i use following command i get single user mode (ie.console in full screen)

[root@localhost user]# /sbin/shutdown -f 0

Here i am using /sbin because i cannot find the shutdown command directly from my shell
now i want that single user mode without using shutdown command

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Old 10-16-2007, 04:36 AM   #7
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Are you sure, that you actually are in Xwindows? Didn't your system boot just into console? If it was console in Xwindows you would probably see the upper file menu. If it's just console in Xwindows command "exit" will close it. But if you system has booted into console, try "startx".
Old 10-16-2007, 10:02 AM   #8
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Initially you asked for "console in full screen from desktop", and you added later you want it from linux.
It's still not clear what you're looking for. You can press C-M-F1 (meaning holding down Ctrl and Alt, press the F1 key), C-M-F1 etc to switch between virtual (text-only, full screen) consoles. This doesn't terminate the X11 window system (which you may be referring to as "desktop"?); C-M-F7 will return you to it.

(A) I'm not sure how this relates to /dev/console (if that's what you're looking for); it acts like /dev/console dynamically gets redirected to whatever virtual console I'm looking at (/dev/tty1, /dev/tty2, etc.).
(B) This has nothing to do with single user mode (a much bigger hammer) about which you asked, too.

Why do you need a full screen console? What are you trying to do?


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