Enabling and Disabling Full Screen Mode in Google Chrome

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Note: The procedure here is for Windows and Mac operating systems, and for the Google Chrome OS on a Chromebook.

You can view Web pages in Google Chrome in full-screen mode, hiding all elements other than the main browser window itself. This includes hiding all tabs, toolbars, bookmark bars, and the download/status bar. Once you are in full-screen mode, no controls are visible, so it's important to know how to both enter and exit this mode.

On a Windows Computer

Enabling Full-Screen Mode

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click on the Chrome menu button, represented by three horizontal dots in the upper right-hand corner of the browser window. This opens a drop-down menu.
  3. Select the screen icon resembling square brackets to the far right of the  Zoom option. 

Your browser should now be in full-screen mode.

Disabling Full-Screen Mode

To disable full-screen mode and return to your standard Chrome window:

  1. Press the F11 key.

This should return you to regular mode. You can also use the F11 shortcut to turn on full-screen mode.

On a Mac Computer

Enabling Full-Screen Mode

  1. Open your Google Chrome browser.
  2. Select the View menu, then choose Enter Full Screen.

Your browser should now be in full-screen mode. 

Disabling Full-Screen Mode

To disable full screen mode and return to your standard Chrome window:

  1. Press Cmd-Control-F (Versions prior to Chrome 49 supported the shortcut Shift-Cmd-F) instead.

    This should return you to regular mode. You can also use the Cmd-Control-F shortcut to turn on full-screen mode.

    On a Mac, Chrome also supports options for full-screen mode, both available from the View menu:

    • Always Show Bookmarks Bar
    • Hide Toolbar in Full Screen

    If these are selected, they go into effect when you enter full-screen mode.

    On a Chromebook

    On a Chromebook running the Chrome OS, use a different method to enable or disable full-screen:

    • To toggle full screen on and off: At the top of your keyboard, press the full-screen icon (resembling a video screen), or the F4 keyboard shortcut. 

    Other options available regarding screen size on a Chromebook is to maximize or minimize the windows by clicking one of two icons on the screen's top right: the Maximize icon resembling a large, empty square, and the Minimize icon resembling an underscore.

    Non-Keyboard Access to Full-Screen Controls

    If you don't have access to a keyboard — for example, if you're on a tablet — you can set a Google Chrome "flag" that allows you to use a mouse rather than having to press a keyboard shortcut. If you choose this option, be aware that Google considers their flag settings experimental, meaning that they may change over time.

    1. In your Chrome browser, navigate to: chrome://flags/#simplified -fullscreen-ui. This URL launches a page titled "Experiments" containing a range of settings. The highlighted setting is called "Simplified full screen / mouse lock UI." 

      By default, this setting is enabled. When disabled, a user can use the mouse to get out of full-screen mode.
    1. In the Default drop-down, select Disabled.
    2. Click Relaunch Now.

    Next time you're in full-screen mode and want to return to regular mode, right-click anywhere on the page and select Exit Full Screen.