Use Google Chrome Full Screen

May 28, 2010 - 13 Comments


The Google Chrome browser is an excellent choice, because not only is it fast and powerful, but it sandboxes Flash to prevent the plugin from going totally nuts, and it offers tons of customization options.

If you’re an avid Chrome user, you likely would appreciate using Chrome in full screen mode, and fortunately, you can do just that.

Perhaps the fastest way to enter and exit Chrome full screen is by hitting a simple keystroke. With this, you can put Google Chrome into full screen mode easily, whether or not the version of Mac OS supports the traditional full screen app feature. No, it doesn’t just resize your window, it actually takes the currently active web page and resizes it to fit the entire screen surface – no titlebar, no address bar, nothing, just a web page.

To enter into Chromes full screen mode, hit


You can exit full screen mode by hitting the keystroke again.

full screen chrome

Something else to keep in mind is that you can exit out of full screen mode in Mac OS X by using the escape key or clicking the green button if you’re in a modern release of the Mac system software, and that applies to Chrome as well.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Josh says:

    Works for Firefox as well.

  2. Nago says:

    Safari-> Cmd+Ctrl+F

  3. YL says:

    Chrome 11 + win 7 – doesn’t work

    • Segana says:

      That’s because these are the commands for OS X…not Windows.

      For Windows, just press F11 to enter and exit fullscreen with your browsers.

  4. amy cushing says:

    hate this. fully crap. too hard to get out of full screen mode. insane. crazy.

  5. SPUT says:

    Where is the command key?

  6. BobR says:

    You can exit full screen by hitting command-shift-F…sort of. You get the chrome tabs and menu back, but you don’t get the Mac menu or icons on the bottom.

  7. BobR says:

    Aha! After extensive research (looking at another article), I read that someone stumbled on the solution. Move the mouse up off the top of the screen, and the Mac menu appears. You can then hit the exit full screen icon at the right and you’re back in safe waters.

  8. Piquerish says:

    Google Chrome Version 49.0.2623.75 (64-bit):
    OS X El Capitan 10.11.3:
    Mac Mini 2.5GHz Intel Core i5:
    Microsoft mouse and keyboard:

    For the second time in about a month some jerk advertiser managed not only to foist off his obnoxious — and FUTILE! — tab/popup ad in my face, but also resized the screen to maximum size. I’m new to Mac OS and so I’m limited in my knowledge of things to do, and I could find no way to close that screen, bring it back down to the roughly 60% size I usually run, go back, drop screen or in any other way manage the assault other than shutting down Chrome and disconnecting myself from the signed-in site I was visiting. This is infuriating when it happens. Any suggestions of how to deal with these arrogant sobs’ full-screen in-my-face ads?

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