How to Activate Full Screen Mode in Internet Explorer 11

View web pages and media without visual distraction

Internet Explorer is no longer the default web browser in Windows 10—that distinction goes to Microsoft Edge. However, IE11 ships with Windows 10, and some people prefer its familiar interface. Like other modern web browsers, Internet Explorer 11 displays web pages in full-screen mode, hiding all elements other than the main browser window itself. Full-screen mode is especially handy when you are viewing rich content such as videos or anytime you want to view web pages without the distraction of surrounding elements.

These instructions apply to Internet Explorer 11 running on any supported version of Microsoft Windows.

How to Activate Full-Screen Mode in Internet Explorer 11

Toggle IE11 full-screen mode on and off in just a few steps.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.

    Internet Explorer icon in Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the browser window.

    Gear icon in Internet Explorer
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your mouse cursor over the File option to open a submenu.

  4. Click Full Screen. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut F11.

    Full screen submenu in File menu in Internet Explorer's Gear icon

Your browser should now be in full-screen mode. To disable full-screen mode and return to your standard Internet Explorer 11 window, press the F11 key.