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How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC in 3 Fast Steps

Leri Koen

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We’ve all dealt with the frustration of starting up a new game, and it opens up in a tiny window that takes up a quarter of the screen. GTA V, released onto Android and PC, is one of the many games that suffer from this annoyance.

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While this is easily remedied, we know that you don’t want to go and dig through the plethora of available settings to try and find the correct one, so we’ll show you exactly how to make GTA V full screen in this guide.

How to check your recommended resolution settings?

Before you get started following our simple instructions to get your GTA V game to display in full screen, there’s one crucial factor to understand – screen resolution. Your screen resolution is the number of pixels it can display. The more pixels it can display, the better the image quality will be.

The reason why this is important is that monitors have different resolutions (regardless of the size of the monitor). When adjusting the display settings of any program, including games like GTA V, you must be aware of your screen’s resolution to get the best quality image possible.

If you’re unsure what your screen resolution is, that’s not a problem. There’s a straightforward way to check this before adjusting the resolution in any of your programs. You need to right-click anywhere on your desktop.

A drop-down list will appear; here, you can select ‘Display Settings.’ In the new window, scroll down until you find ‘Scale and Layout.’ Under ‘Display Resolution,’ you will see the recommended setting for your screen. Keep this in mind, as this will be required later on in this guide.

How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC

How to make GTA V Full Screen

Before you go through all of the steps below, try pressing ‘F11’ on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can also try pressing Alt+Enter. These are universal shortcuts that work in most games and applications to switch to full-screen mode, but if it doesn’t work, you’ll need to adjust the settings manually. This guide works for all versions of the game as the general game settings don’t change regardless of the launcher you’re using. Right, let’s get started!

  1. Access game settings

    How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC

    First, start up the game and load into either the story mode or online mode; it doesn’t really matter which one. Then press Esc to bring up the game menu and select Settings.

  2. Open Graphics

    How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC

    Now select Graphics from the options on the right-hand side.

  3. Change the resolution

    How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC

    Look for the Screen Type option and set it to Full Screen. Then right underneath that, set the Resolution to your screen’s native resolution. When you’re done, press Spacebar to apply the settings, and the game will immediately switch to full-screen mode.

An alternative solution to get GTA V to display in full screen

If neither the universal keyboard shortcuts nor adjusting the settings manually works, there’s one other solution you could try to get your GTA V game to display in full screen. This last solution would be to run GTA V in compatibility mode. Sometimes older programs and games struggle to run on newer operating systems. Remember, GTA V was released almost nine years ago. 

This can cause issues such as the game not displaying in full-screen mode or not displaying correctly. Setting the program or game to run in compatibility mode will run it in an older version of the OS so that it works as intended. To do this, you simply right-click on the game’s execution file and select’ Properties’ in the drop-down list. In the window that pops up, click on the ‘Compatibility’ tab and check the box under compatibility mode.

How to Make GTA V Full Screen on PC

Benefits of playing GTA V in full screen – crystal clear views

Graphics cards and monitors are incredibly powerful these days and are capable of delivering beautiful images. If you combine this with the stunning graphics in GTA V, which still hold up against new games eight years after its release, you really want to experience the game in its full glory.

Nobody knows why some games will always default down to the old resolutions in new games, but luckily, it’s easily remedied, and you can get back to gaming with crystal clear images.

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