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How to run FFB Full Screen

This note relates only to Windows 10, however similar solutions are also available for Mac and Linux.

This note relates to problems using FUMBBL on monitors where the resolution makes FUMBBL appear in a very small window. If, on the other hand, you're having problems with FUMBBL on a smaller screen, see here for advice on using FUMBBL on laptops with small screens.

Due to limitations that can't be easily fixed, FUMBBL can be difficult to use on higher resolution screens. There isn't a button or option within FUMBBL to make it full screen, however there are some workarounds, detailed below.

Workaround 1: Lower your resolution (not recommended)

This sometimes seems the obvious solution, it will work to some extent, but using a non-native resolution can often make everything blurry. Workaround 2 is very similar but will do a better job.

When using 2 monitors this can be a really good solution as you're able to only lower the resolution on the monitor you're using FUMBBL for.

Workaround 2: Increase the Scaling (OK, but significant problems)

Windows refers to Scaling as "Make everything bigger".

In Settings > Display > "Make everything bigger", you can increase the scaling % to a point where FUMBBL can fill the screen. This can do a very good job but has a couple of downsides. Firstly, it will affect every application you use and can only be put back by changing the scaling back again. Secondly, you may need to remember to launch FUMBBL first and only then increase the scaling (this depends on your specific setup and may require experimentation). Thirdly, changing scaling can actually break some applications (requiring them to be closed or even a reboot) for example the Steam launcher becomes unusable when you change scaling, even after you've put it back.

Workaround 3: Use the built in Windows Magnifier (recommended)

The built in magnifier overcomes the problems that the Scaling solution has, its downsides are that text will be slightly less clear than with the scaling option and that it takes a couple of initial steps to make it work effectively. Once setup I believe this is the best solution, but you need to try them out for yourself.

Go to Settings > Ease of Access > Magnifier (this assumes your magnifier settings are on the Windows defaults):

  • Change the dropdown for "Change the zoom increments" to 5% (this will allow to fine tune exactly how much to zoom in and out)
  • In the section "Enable Magnifier to follow", uncheck the "Mouse Pointer" option (this prevents the magnified area moving, keeping it locked on your FUMBBL window)

The keyboard shortcut to activate Magnifier is Windows and "+", its actually the same as the "=" key, but easier to remember as "+" (no need to press shift). Once activated, pressing Windows and "+" zooms you in (5% increments) and Windows "-" zooms you out. To quit magnifier and go back to normal, just press Windows and Escape.

Once these settings are in place, you need to follow a specific sequence each time you launch FUMBBL:

  • Run FUMBBL as normal.
  • Move the FUMBBL window to the top right of your screen.
  • Move your mouse cursor to the very top right of your screen (this will force the magnifier to zoom in on the top right)
  • Start Magnifier (Windows and "+")
  • Zoom in or out to the desired level (keep the mouse cursor in the far top right), by pressing Windows key with "+" (zoom in 5%) or "-" (zoom out 5%)

If it has worked, you should now have FUMBBL filling your full screen, when you move your mouse cursor to the edge of your display, the magnifier should stay locked on FUMBBL without gliding around.

To get back to other non-FUMBBL things, just hit Windows and Escape. To then go back into FUMBBL, move your mouse cursor to the very top right, hit Windows and "+". Your preferred magnification level will be remembered, so you should very rarely ever need to zoom in/out again.

One small note, when using the settings above, if you press the Windows key on its own, the magnification area will jump towards your Windows menu, this can seem very odd, just press the Windows key again and your magnification area will go back to its original position.

Last update: November 8, 2021