How to Enter and Exit Full Screen Mode on a Mac

Have you ever wanted to use an application in full-screen mode on a Mac? Or maybe you’re stuck in fullscreen and don’t know how to get out. Luckily, changing modes is as easy as clicking a little green button. Here’s how.

How to Enter Full Screen Mode on Mac

Macs have the ability to run apps in a special borderless full-screen mode from Mac OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011. The exact interface has changed somewhat since then (especially in 10.11 El Capitan, when Split View was introduced), but it’s still easy to use. It is important to note that not all Mac applications support full screen mode. But for those who do, you can grab it easily using several different methods.

Perhaps the easiest method is to click the green circle button in the upper left corner of the application window. Or you can hover your pointer over the green circle and select “Enter full screen” in the small menu that appears.

Alternatively, many apps let you choose View > Enter Full Screen from the menu bar at the top of the screen.

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<p>There’s also a keyboard shortcut: in macOS Big Sur and earlier, press Ctrl+Command+F to enter full-screen mode.  In <a href=macOS Monterey or later, press Fn+F (Function+F). Since the Fn+F hotkey is relatively new, some apps can still recognize only with the shortcut Ctrl + Command + F.

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How to Exit Full Screen Mode on Mac

Exiting full screen mode on a Mac is almost as easy as entering it, but it requires an extra step. If you are already in full screen mode, move your mouse pointer to the top of the screen and leave it there until the menu bar appears.

When you see the green circle in the upper left corner of the screen, click on it. Or hover over it and select “Exit full screen” in the menu that appears.

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You can also choose View > Exit Full Screen from the menu bar or press Ctrl+Command+F (on Big Sur or earlier) or Fn+F (on Monterey or later) to exit full screen mode.

If you still prefer to see the menu bar in full screen mode, you can visit System Preferences > Dock & Menu Bar, then uncheck the box next to “Automatically hide and show the menu bar in full screen”. Good luck!

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