Whether you’re a new player or returning criminal from prior games like GTA San Andreas, we all run into some bugs when installing new games. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to fix a bug that defaults GTA V to windowed mode every time you start it up.
Here are 3 things to do if Grand Theft Auto 5 isn’t in fullscreen or staying that way.
Solution 1: Try generic shortcuts to make GTA V fullscreen
Some generic shortcuts to go fullscreen on PC are [F11] and pressing [Alt] [Enter] at the same time when in a video game. This will force GTA V to enter fullscreen mode or exit it. Try these shortcuts next time you’re playing GTA V and see if they work for you.
This is a quick and easy fix and works most of the time, but feel free to try our next suggestions below if you’re still unable to enjoy all of Los Santos in fullscreen.
Solution 2: Use GTA V’s in-game Graphic Settings to go fullscreen
You can enter full screen mode by adjusting your in-game settings. Start up the game and follow these steps:
- From the start menu, find your settings and select [Graphics].
- If you are already in Story or Online mode, simply hit pause to access your settings. This is usually the [Esc] key.
- Once in your graphics settings, choose [Fullscreen] or [Windowed (Borderless)] to make your game play in full screen.
- Select [Resolution] and choose 1920 x 1080 to play without blurriness.
For some users, going Borderless Window mode gives better FPS performance in GTA, so if it works better for you, stick with that.
If 1920 x 1080 does not work well for you in fullscreen mode, it could be that your optimal resolution is different. To check this, we’ll check out your display settings.
How to check Your Recommended Resolution Settings
- Right click an empty space on your desktop and select [Display settings].
- Scroll down and find [Scale and layout].
- Make sure you are using the recommended settings for scale.
- Under that you will find [Display resolution], set it to your recommended settings. That will be the native resolution of your PC.
Solution 3: Run GTA V in Compatibility Mode
If you tried the two solutions above but GTA V couldn’t go fullscreen properly, we recommend you to run GTA V in compatibility mode. To do this you must find GTA V’s original program file, and edit the properties.
- Find where you installed GTA V.
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Rockstar Games\Grand Theft Auto V
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Grand Theft Auto V
- C:\Program Files (x86)\Epic Games\GTAV
- Right click GTA V’s game exe and select [Properties].
- Click on the [Compatibility] tab and check the box in Compatibility mode.
- Save your settings by clicking [OK].
- Launch GTA V and adjust to fullscreen with Solution 1 or 2.
There you have it, several ways to make your GTA V play on fullscreen. Now that your monitor displays GTA 5 in fullscreen, you might want to check your FPS while playing GTA 5. If you happen to also experience a fullscreen bug in World of Tanks, read our simple methods to fullscreen World of Tanks guide here.