Stuck in Chrome Full Screen? Exit Chromes Full Screen Mode in Mac OS X Lion

Aug 6, 2011 - 11 Comments

Exit full screen mode in Chrome under OS X Lion

If you’ve found yourself stuck in Chromes full screen mode, you’re not alone. Chrome has it’s benefits, like syncing and the native omnibar, but unfortunately Chrome does not play well with Full Screen Mode under Mac OS X Lion – at all. You are free to click the full screen button to get in, but trying to escape from it can be a fruitless endeavor, with the menubar inconsistently appearing or not appearing at all.

If you’re stuck in full screen, hit Command+Shift+F to escape. This is the only guaranteed way to escape, although you can try, often fruitlessly, to poke around in the area of the menu bar hoping it will appear so you can access the exit function from the View menu (see screenshot).

The word is that Chrome will get native true full screen support soon, but until then you can try using Maximizer which works across all apps. And just be sure to remember that keyboard shortcut, it’ll save you a headache or two.

Update: The latest Chrome Canary build includes Full Screen support for OS X Lion, although it behaves slightly differently than normal full screen mode.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Tips & Tricks, Troubleshooting


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  1. Lorraine Pioszak says:

    oh thank you!!!! I have been going crazy with this–the yellow button wasn’t there and, well, we all know Macs have a life of their own :P

  2. Daniel Camer says:

    Thank you! So glad I found this.

  3. Tiffany says:

    Thanks! That worked!

    But please change it’s to its (Chrome has “its” benefits). You look more credible if you don’t have grammatical errors.

  4. manish says:

    dear friend don’t worry:
    Solution of it is
    open own terminal and type
    # rm -f -r ~/.config
    this command and restart your Google chrome .it will work properly it only linux user……….

    Manish singh student bundelkhand university………

  5. Ken says:

    In Chrome, the “exit full screen” button is in the wrench menu on the right, under the “zoom” subheading.

  6. Bobby says:

    What’s that nice theme for Chrome?

  7. […] quick note: some apps through Maximizer don’t work that well, Chrome can still get stuck, and you may run into issues if you added Front Row to Lion yourself, but you can always choose […]

  8. Ferg says:

    Just a quick grammar correction: you might want to remove the apostrophe in the word “it’s” from the second sentence of this article. “It’s” means “it is.” The correct word is simply “its.”

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