Tutorial :Mono winforms app fullscreen in Ubuntu?


Just wondering if there's a known way of getting a Mono System.Windows.Forms application to go fullscreen on Ubuntu/Gnome.

Mono is Ubuntu is 9.10

Doing it on Windows requires a pinvoke, clearly not going to work here.

This is what I get setting window border to none, window position to centre, and state to maximised:

alt text http://dl.dropbox.com/u/116092/misc/permalink/joggler/screenshot01.png


Have also tried:

  • this.StartPosition = System.Windows.Forms.FormStartPosition.CenterScreen;
    this.WindowState = System.Windows.Forms.FormWindowState.Maximized;

  • CTRL-F11

  • Text = string.Empty; // No caption
    MaximizeBox = false;
    MinimizeBox = false;
    ControlBox = false;
    FormBorderStyle = None;
    WindowState = Maximized;

  • FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None;
    Location = new Point(0, 0);
    Size = Screen.PrimaryScreen.Bounds.Size;

All of which I end up with the same result.

I have come across a lead which involves a pinvoke involving _NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN but that's as far as I've got with it. Any pointers on that would be appreciated.


_NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN will just get rid of the borders. The GNOME panel will still appear.

According to the following post, the secret is to get rid of the minimum/maximum sizes so that the window manager does the resizing itself:


Here is some documentation on the native spec:



To talk directly to the X Window System you have to pinvoke into XLib. In order to send something like _NET_WM_STATE_FULLSCREEN you have to have a pointer to the window and also to the display.

I am not sure how to find the display but I can help with a pointer to the window. When running on X, the property Form.Handle should be a pointer to the X window.


Not sure what you mean by "Full Screen" - but I've written several Windows.Forms applications that take over the screen, and without a single PInvoke.

Here's how I configure my main form ...

Text = string.Empty; // No caption  MaximizeBox = false;  MinimizeBox = false;  ControlBox = false;  FormBorderStyle = None;  WindowState = Maximized;  


TopMost = true;  

Hope this helps.


You need to disable visual effects in ubuntu.

edit: And make sure your form size is at least screen resolution without borders. If borders are on design time and you are removing them in code you will need something like 1030x796 for a 1024x768 display.


I have been suffered by this problem 2 days and finally i got the solution: click the 1st icon on left tool bar and search compizconfig program. Go to preference-> unity and you will see there is a tick for unity plugin on the left side. Remove that tick and you will see the top menu bar disappeared. Though this thread is very old but I still hope I can help anyone who gets this problem and seek for help.


Have you tried this?

  this.StartPosition = System.Windows.Forms.FormStartPosition.CenterScreen;                   this.WindowState = System.Windows.Forms.FormWindowState.Maximized;  

Unfortunately I have no Ubuntu available right now, but I can see old patches for this in old mono versions...


It should be possible to display every app running inside gnome in fullscreen mode with the "CTRL+F11" hotkey.

Maybe you could try


but that is just a guess, I haven't got a Linux running atm to try this. But maybe this helps.


I can't test it at the moment, but have you tried a simple resize?

form.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None  form.Location = Point(0, 0)  form.Size = Screen.PrimaryScreen.Bounds.Size  


I have worked around this for now by setting the autohide property of the panel.

Not ideal because it depends on the user changing their environment to use my application, but better than nothing.


YMMV. http://fixunix.com/xwindows/91585-how-make-xlib-based-window-full-screen.html


The following worked:

(Inspiration was taken from here: https://bugzilla.xamarin.com/show_bug.cgi?id=40997)

1) sudo apt-get install wmctrl

2) In your code:

Form form = new MainWindow();  form.FormBorderStyle = FormBorderStyle.None;  form.WindowState = FormWindowState.Maximized;    form.Load += (s, e) => {      Process process = new Process {          StartInfo = new ProcessStartInfo {              FileName = "wmctrl",              Arguments = $"-r :ACTIVE: -b add,fullscreen",              CreateNoWindow = true          }      };      process.Start();      process.WaitForExit();  };    Application.Run(form);  

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