How to make Elden Ring Fullscreen Quickly [Solved]

A step-by-step guide for You to making Elden Ring fullscreen on Windows PC. Updated with 6 solutions.
How to make Elden Ring Fullscreen Quickly [Solved]

Gather round, Tarnished. For your journey of Windowed Mode gameplay ends here.

Any longtime Souls player will tell you how much atmosphere impacts their enjoyment of a Fromsoft game, and for Elden Ring it is no different.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to fix any problems related to fullscreen in Elden Ring, so you can finally enjoy a gorgeous view ahead.

Elden ring screenshot artwork

Solution 1: Use Keyboard Shortcuts on PC to fullscreen in Elden Ring

The first solution is the easiest and quickest to do. You can use the following 3 keyboard shortcuts on Windows PC to force a game to enter (or exit) fullscreen. 

  1. [F11] key.
  2. Hold [Fn] then press [F11], only if your keyboard has a Fn (function) key.
  3. [Alt] [Enter] at the same time.
fullscreen keyboard shortcut among us

If neither option worked out for you, exit to the Main Menu and try Solution 2.

Solution 2: Change Screen Mode settings in Elden Ring to Fullscreen

This method is very direct, only requiring the player to use the game’s built-in settings to go fullscreen. Follow these instructions:

  1. Start Elden Ring on PC.
  2. On the starting menu (Main Menu), select [System].
  3. Navigate to the rightmost tab to access [Graphics].
  4. Change your Screen Mode to [Fullscreen] or [Borderless Windowed].
Elden ring graphic settings in-game

For some players, using Borderless Windowed mode provides a smoother experience, so it is down to your preference. Most times, selecting [Fullscreen] will provide the best frame rate. If you would like to learn more about optimization, read our guide on how you can improve Elden Ring’s FPS on PC.

Change Screen Mode from Outside the Game

Just as you can change your graphic settings in-game, you can edit the configurations OUTSIDE of the game as well. To do so, follow these steps closely:

  1. Open [File Explorer Options].
  2. Go to view and select [Show hidden files].
  3. Hit [OK] to confirm.
File explorer options PC elden ring

Now, we must search for a file called GraphicsConfig.xml, you can find it here: C:\Users\Username\APPDATA\EldenRing\GraphicsConfig.xml

  1. Open your [Main Drive] which is likely C or D drive → [Users] → [Your Username] → [AppData] → [EldenRing] → [GraphicsConfig.xml].
  2. Open up the file.
  3. Search for <config><ScreenMode> and make sure the line says: “<config><ScreenMode>FULLSCREEN</ScreenMode>”
  4. Save to confirm.

Solution 3: Type “-fullscreen” in Elden Ring’s Launch Settings in Steam

If Elden Ring keeps starting up in windowed mode despite your configurations, this is how you can fix it.

  1. Open up Steam, then right click Elden Ring in your library.
  2. Select [Properties].
  3. Type in “-fullscreen” under Launch Options and exit the menu.
  4. Run Elden Ring. 
Steam launch settings config Elden Ring

Solution 4: Run in compatibility mode to go fullscreen in Elden Ring

If you still can’t enter full screen mode, then it’s time to run Elden Ring in compatibility mode. This allows your previous configurations to have a better chance of working. 

Follow these 4 steps:

  1. Find where you installed Elden Ring.

Installed from Steam: Go to C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Elden Ring

  1. Right click Elden Ring’s game exe and select [Properties].
  2. Click on the [Compatibility] tab, and check the box for compatibility mode.
  3. Launch Elden Ring and adjust to fullscreen with in-game settings or F11 keyboard shortcuts.
compatibility mode on pc windows for Elden Ring

Solution 5: Update your graphic drivers or Turn off GPU Scaling

Update your graphics drivers (For all PCs)

Before you turn off scaling in your NVIDIA or AMD software, make sure you are updated to the latest version of your graphics drivers.

device manager on windows pc for going fullscreen among us
elden ring update drivers

Steps to update / check your graphic drivers:

  1. Search for [Device Manager] and open it.
  2. Navigate to [Display adapters], double click to expand it, then select your driver.
  3. Double click to open your driver’s [Properties].
  4. Navigate to [Driver] and click on [Update Driver].
  5. Choose the first option and wait for the results! 
elden ring update drivers

If you need to update, a setup will pop up. If not, you are already on the latest version of your software. Continue to the next section to change your Scaling settings, so Elden Ring can be played fullscreen.

Instructions for NVIDIA Control Panel

If your PC uses an Nvidia graphics card, try configuring your NVIDIA Control Panel. First, right click on an empty space on your desktop and select [NVIDIA Control Panel]. 

NVIDIA Control Panel Elden Ring fullscreen guide

High Performance Mode

  1. After opening the NVIDIA Control Panel, select [3D Settings].
  2. Under [Manage 3D Settings], click on the [Global Settings] tab.
  3. Make your preferred Graphics Processor [High-performance NVIDIA processor].
  4. Start Elden Ring and apply fullscreen with Menu settings or use Alt Enter.

Adjust Scaling

  1. Under [Display] on the left bar, find [Adjust desktop size and position].
  2. After selecting it, take note of settings in the right bar. Set scaling to [No scaling].
  3. Start Elden Ring and apply fullscreen with Menu settings or use Alt Enter

Instructions for AMD Radeon Software

For devices running on AMD graphics, right click your desktop and select [AMD Radeon Software] from the menu. From there, an interface will pop up. Follow these 3 steps:

Elden Ring AMD Radeon Software settings
  1. Click on the gear icon on the top right, then navigate to the [Display] tab.
  2. Once at the Display tab, click on GPU Scaling node to turn it off.
  3. Start the game and try going fullscreen again, it should work this time.

Solution 6: If All Else Fails, Repair or Reinstall Elden Ring

So you’ve tried all 5 previous solutions and have gotten no results. Have the Outer Gods forsaken you?  Actually, not all hope is lost. In this situation, it may be wise to repair the game to fix any bugs, or even reinstall to get a total clean start.

Uninstall on steam elden ring

How to Repair Elden Ring on Steam

  1. Head over to your [Library] in Steam and right click on Elden Ring.
  2. Scroll to [Properties] then click to open up a menu.
  3. Select [Local Files] and click on [Verify Integrity of Game Files],
  4. Wait for your repairs to finish.

How to Reinstall Elden Ring on Steam

  1. Head over to your [Library] in Steam and right click on Elden Ring.
  2. Scroll to [Manage] then click [Uninstall].
  3. Once uninstalled, simply redownload the game and go through reinstallation.

This will provide you with a fresh start on PC with Elden Ring, and should default your game to starting in fullscreen. 

If you want to improve your frame rate (how smooth your game feels) in Elden Ring, read our Elden Ring FPS optimization guide, or check our language-changing guide to see how to change language in the game.

For other articles like this, check out our guide here on how to make Dota 2 and Apex Legends fullscreen on Windows PC or Mac, or if you're a Genshin Impact fan, you might want to check out our guide on how to make it full-screen or borderless.

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