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I quite like using full-screen apps on OSX Mavericks (Safari, iTunes, Mail, etc). I'd like all apps that are capable of running full-screen to launch in full-screen mode automatically, instead of me having to press Ctrl-Cmd-F each time, is that possible?

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My apps always launch in full screen, if I hadn't closed all windows last time I quit them. – duci9y Feb 16 '14 at 15:21
I'm not quite sure about it but I'd an old iMac which saw different OS X versions. When that iMac first met with full-screen apps, apps always started full-screen when closed like that and still does on Mavericks. But on my newer MacBook Air, which I acquired with Mountain Lion and then upgraded to Mavericks, it doesn't happen like that. Therefore, I happen to believe that it's an old preference on my iMac which can't be replicated on newer models. – Can Sürmeli Feb 21 '14 at 13:05
This is a big problem. Many apps will re-open in full screen if quitted full screen. Safari does not. Chrome does not. There is a Chrome hack that does it, but I can't find any way to do it in Safari. Anyone got more info for this question? – Joseph Dec 17 '14 at 21:39
A bit of a follow up - this seems to work when using iTunes, but not with the Calendar App, Pages, Etc. – newball Jul 23 '15 at 17:18

I called Mac support about the issue, and it seems in Yosemite this feature has been since removed in general. However there are some apps that still function this way. One of them being iTunes (which opens in full screen mode).

It was suggested, to get the functionality of a full screen app, after quitting, is to assign an app to a new desktop, and maximize it (press the option key + clicking on green). It will always open that desktop in full screen.

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You can use automator to create an application that will launch the application that you want to open in full screen and run an apple script. The script can perform a keystroke to run the shortcut for full screen.

Launch Automator, Choose Application, Drag "Launch Application" from library and choose desired app, Drag "Apple Script" from library, enter apple script (check with specific app for correct keystroke), this works for chrome

here is the script for google chrome fullscreen app:

on run {input, parameters}
    tell application "Google Chrome" to activate
    delay 2

tell application "System Events" keystroke "f" using {command down, control down} end tell


[Automator Screenshot[1]

Link with tutorial to create Automator Full screen application

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We're looking for long answers that provide some explanation and context. Don't just give a one-line answer; explain why your answer is right, ideally with citations. Answers that don't include explanations may be removed.

I realized the answer to this question well long after I had the problem. I kept trying to use several work arounds until I realized that feature hadn't been removed, but rather rolled into a different set of features.

Most full-screen apps don't remain open because it's a type of window state. By default, under General, the setting "Close windows when quitting an app" is turned on, which means the window you have saved will be closed and return to it's default state.

To retain full-screen, or your previous window preferences, you need to turn off this setting!

General Preferences Window Setting

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thanks, this helped with a few apps, though not all – TheCha͢mp Jun 28 at 13:14

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