How to Activate Full Screen Mode in Internet Explorer 11

View web pages and media without visual distraction

Toggle full screen mode in IE 11


Like other modern web browsers, Internet Explorer 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 or anytime you want to view web pages without the distraction of these elements.

Putting Internet Explorer 11 in Full-Screen Mode

You can toggle full-screen mode on and off in just a few easy steps.

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click on the gear icon 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. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut F11.

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

How to Change the Default Browser to Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 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 still prefer Internet Explorer 11, you can choose it as your default web browser, and everything you do on your computer that requires a web browser will automatically open and use it. To change the Windows 10 default browser to Internet Explorer 11:

  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 in the Control Panel for more options.
  4. Select Programs from the options list and click Set your default programs.
  5. Locate and click Internet Explorer.
  6. 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 Internet Explorer 11 but want easy access to it, use the Start menu:

  1. Click on Start.
  2. Type
    Internet Explorer
  3. When Internet Explorer 11 appears in the list, right-click it and select Pin to Start or Pin to Taskbar.