How to Activate Full Screen Mode in Internet Explorer 11

Enjoy videos in full-screen mode on your computer.

Toggle full screen mode in IE 11

Internet Explorer 11 is no longer the default Windows web browser—that honor goes to Microsoft Edge—but it still ships on all Windows 10 computers. If you want, you can change your default web browser to IE11. Either way, you can set IE11 to appear in full-screen mode anytime you want.

Putting IE 11 in Full-Screen Mode

IE 11 gives you the ability to view web pages in full-screen mode, hiding all elements other than the main browser window itself.

This includes tabs, toolbars, bookmarks bars, and the download/status bar. Full-screen mode is especially handy when you are viewing rich content such as videos. It can be toggled on and off in just a few easy steps.

  1. Open the IE browser.
  2. Click on the Gear icon located in the upper right corner of the browser window.
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, hover your mouse cursor over the File option to open a submenu.
  4. Click on Full Screen. Note that you can use the following keyboard shortcut in lieu of clicking on this menu item: F11.

Your browser should now be in full-screen mode. To disable full-screen mode and return to your standard IE11 window, simply press the F11 key.

How to Change the Default Browser to IE11

To change the Windows 10 default browser to IE11:

  1. Right-click the Windows icon and select Search.
  2. Enter "control panel" in the search field. Select Control Panel from the search results.
  3. Click Network and Internet on the Control Panel for more options.
  1. Select Programs from the options list and click Set your default programs.
  2. Locate and click Internet Explorer.
  3. Select Set this program as default and click OK to finalize the default browser change.

Running Internet Explorer 11 from the Start Menu

If you don't want to change your default browser to IE11 but want easy access to it, use the Start menu:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Type ​"Internet Explorer."
  3. When IE11 appears in the list, right-click it and select Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar.
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