How to Go Into And Out of Full Screen Mode on Google Chrome

Multitasking is well and good when it comes to maximizing productivity, but there come times when the only way for a person to be at the top of their game in the context of productivity is to focus on one single task at a time.

Google Chrome’s Full-Screen Mode

If you’re working on a browser such as Google Chrome, focusing on one single tab can be quite a challenge – what, with all the other open tabs in your field of view, each seducing you into switching to them every few minutes, your computer’s foxy taskbar, and everything your computer has to offer in the notifications and calendar/clock area in the bottom right.

 

Taking all of those factors into account, the only way for users to be able to direct the entirety of their attention to one single tab without fail is for that tab to be the only thing they see on their screen. This is where Google Chrome’s amazing full-screen mode comes into play. When you toggle full-screen mode, the tab you were on when you toggled the feature takes up all of your computer screen’s real estate. Everything else – whether it be something related to Google Chrome or something belonging to your computer, is removed from your field of view.

When Google Chrome is put into full-screen mode, the text or graphics on your screen are not magnified – you just see more of them. When you go into full-screen mode on a webpage, you see more of that webpage of your screen – the browser doesn’t zoom into it. While you’re in full-screen mode, you can’t use any of the browser’s buttons or controls, so you’ll have to know how to disengage full-screen mode before you actually go and engage it.

How to Enable Full-Screen Mode on Google Chrome

Let’s get down to business – there are a number of different ways you can enable full-screen mode on Google Chrome, and each varies slightly depending on the Operating System you’re using Google Chrome on. If you want to enable full-screen mode on Google Chrome, here’s how you can go about doing so:

Using keyboard shortcuts and dedicated UI buttons

First and foremost, you can engage and disengage full-screen mode on Google Chrome by pressing specific key combinations on your computer and, if you’re using Chrome on macOS, a dedicated UI button that can be used to toggle full-screen mode on or off.

On Windows:

If you’re using a simple desktop computer, all you have to do in order to toggle full-screen mode on while using Google Chrome is:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to take up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. Press F11 on your computer’s keyboard.

If you’re using a laptop or another computer that has an Fn (Function) key on its keyboard, simply pressing F11 might not be enough to get the job done. You might have to:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to be taking up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. Press Fn F11 on your computer’s keyboard.

On macOS:

If you’re using macOS, you can go about toggling full-screen mode in Google Chrome on by either pressing a specific key combination on your keyboard or by using a dedicated UI button that Chrome for macOS has. To enter full-screen mode using the keyboard shortcut, simply:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to take up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. Press Control Command F on your computer’s keyboard.

If you would rather go into the full-screen mode in Google Chrome on macOS using the dedicated UI button, you need to:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to take up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. Click on the green circle in the top left corner of your screen.

Using the browser’s menu

Apart from keyboard shortcuts and dedicated UI buttons, you can also toggle full-screen mode on graphically using the browser’s menu. This holds true for Chrome for both Windows and macOS. Here’s how you can use Chrome’s menu to toggle full-screen mode on.

On Windows:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to take up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. Click on the Customize and control Google Chrome button (represented by three vertical dots and located in the top right corner of your computer’s screen).
  3. Click on the quadrilateral Full-Screen button located to the right side of the Zoom option.

On macOS:

  1. Navigate to the tab you want to take up the entirety of your screen once the browser is in full-screen mode.
  2. In Google Chrome’s menu bar, click on View.
  3. Click on Enter Full Screen in the resulting context menu.

How to Disable Full-Screen Mode on Google Chrome

Knowing how to engage in full-screen mode on Google Chrome simply isn’t enough. As stated before, once you’re in full-screen mode, all of Chrome’s controls and buttons and even the bookmarks bar will disappear. If you do not know how to get out of full-screen mode, you’ll be in quite a pickle. You’ll probably have to take some drastic measures such as using Ctrl Alt Esc to launch the Task Manager and terminate Google Chrome from there in order to get back to being able to freely use your computer.

Disabling full-screen mode on Google Chrome is actually a pretty simple endeavor – whatever you did to engage full-screen mode, simply do it another time and full-screen mode will be disengaged. For example, if you toggled full-screen mode on by pressing F11, simply press F11 one more time while you’re in full-screen mode and it will be toggled off. In fact, you can even mix and match – for example, if you got into full-screen mode from the browser’s menu, you can get out of full-screen mode by simply pressing F11 and the end result will remain the same.

Kevin Arrows


Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.

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