How can I play Minecraft in fullscreen in Linux? On my system, I only get a windowed mode with a quarter of the screen size and the rest is black.

I am using ArchLinux and the awesome awesome window manager.

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Press F11.

Be aware that currently (= version 1.2_02) I am experiencing an issue with controlling the GUI with the mouse when coming back from full screen. You might want to maximize the game window instead, for the time being.

  • That issue is listed as a known bug. Mouse functionality does not work within GUIs until you restart the client.
    – Keaanu
    Jan 26, 2011 at 15:01

Press F11. If you are on a Mac, however, use CMD + F11

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    It's generally bad form to post an answer that doesn't add anything to the current, existing answers. If you see an answer that you could contribute to in some small way (CMD+F11 for example), feel free to edit it!
    – GnomeSlice
    May 12, 2012 at 4:03

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