I am running emacs under (Ubuntu under) WSL 2 and I can bring up the first frame maximized (i.e. almost full screen, leaving the Windows "task bar" exposed, the -mm option does that). I would like to bring up other frames the same way, so that by switching tasks on the task bar, I see only one Emacs frame. I can do this by creating a window and clicking on the maximize button, but I would like to do it within Emacs (using make-frame) because I layout the emacs windows/buffers based upon the frame real estate and doing it as two steps gets the internal windows slightly the wrong size.

In the old X days, I could do it with geometry frame-parameters, but WSL 2 doesn't seem to respect the top and left parameters and makes a frame where the maximize button is outside the display area so I cannot even click on it without first moving the window and then clicking. Moreover, I'm not certain that the geometry I am specifying is exactly the right size, which may be exacerbating the problem.


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The variable default-frame-alist controls the frame dimensions. To have any new frame maximized write

(add-to-list 'default-frame-alist '(fullscreen . maximized))

in your init.el. See the official documentation for details.

  • The documentation now lists many more parameters than the list time I played with frames. Commented Jun 26, 2021 at 18:27

@matteol tells you how to get the effect you want for all frames, by default.

To answer just your question about creating a frame with make-frame, either of these may help (they don't need to be interactive):

(defun my-make-frame ()
  (let ((default-frame-alist  '((fullscreen . maximized))))

(defun my-make-frame ()
  (let ((default-frame-alist  ()))
    (make-frame '((fullscreen . maximized)))))

The value of default-frame-alist supplements whatever frame-parameters alist you pass to make-frame.

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