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How to run Chrome in full screen on launch

Chrome has a full screen mode that you can switch to regardless what you have open. In order to switch to full screen, you have to tap the F11 key. This full screen mode is exclusive to the tab you’re in i.e., you can’t switch to a different tab while you’re in full screen mode. You will have to exit it, select a different tab, and then tap the F11 key again to return to full screen. If you want to run Chrome in full screen on launch, and set it up so that it always opens a certain website at launch, you can do so with the use of a switch and a little change in the browser’s settings.

Chrome in full screen

In order to launch Chrome in full screen, you will have to run it from a desktop shortcut. If you’re on Windows 10, you will have to forgo launching Chrome from the Start menu.

Create a desktop shortcut for Chrome. On Windows 10, you can create this shortcut from the Start Menu. Open the Start menu and go to the apps’ list. Look for Chrome and then drag & drop its app tile on to your desktop.

Next, right-click the shortcut and select Properties from the context menu. Go to the Shortcut tab and locate the ‘Target’ field. At the very end of this field, add one space, and add the following at the very end;


Click Apply and, then OK. If you have any Chrome windows open, you’re going to have to close them first. Next, use the shortcut you created to open Chrome and it will open in full screen. Depending on what your start up settings for Chrome are, it will open either a new tab, or a specific website.

If you need to define which website Chrome should open when you open it in full screen mode, you can do this from Chrome’s own settings. Click the more options button at the top right and select Settings from the menu. Scroll down to the On startup section and select the ‘Add a new page’ option. Enter the URL of the website you want to open. This will apply to Chrome as a whole which means that even if you’re not using the shortcut you created above to open Chrome, it will still open this website.

If that’s a problem for you, it’s a good idea to create a separate profile and setting the start page to a specific website for that profile. You can then use another switch to run Chrome in that particular profile. Chrome can be run with multiple switches easily enough so pair the profile switch with the full screen one.


  1. I’ve tried this and i just can’t get it to work w/kiosk or start fullscreen. here’s what I have in the target field:
    “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –start-fullscreen
    I also did
    “C:\Program Files\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe” –kiosk
    What am I doing wrong?

  2. The fix didn’t work. Any attempt to alter target in properties using a space and entering –start-fullscreen is met with the message that it is not a valid path and to check the path. My chrome quite often lunches very tiny.


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