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You might sometimes want to avoid all the distracting elements on the desktop so you can completely focus on the on-screen web browser.

Whether you want to watch a video or check out a complete webpage, enabling full screen mode in Chrome (or any of your favorite browser) can help you check the online content start to end, without any sort of distractions.

How to Enable Full Screen in Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge and Opera?

When you switch Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, and Opera to full-screen mode, it hides all the elements like the menu buttons, bookmarks bar, OS clock, taskbar, and other additional components.

This makes it easier for you to concentrate and view your browser on the whole screen. So how to enable the full-screen mode in the browser?

In this article, we’ll explain to you how to enable (and/or disable) the full screen in Chrome, Firefox, IE, Edge, and Opera. Let’s start.

How to Enable Full Screen in Chrome?

You can enable and disable full-screen mode either by using the keyboard shortcuts or through the Chrome Browser Menu. I have mentioned both the methods below, see which works the best for you.

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1. Using Keyboard Shortcut to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode in Chrome

This is the easiest and a quick way to enable or disable full-screen mode in Chrome. Here’s how it’s done:

  • If you’re using Windows operating system, all you have to do is press the F11 key on your Keyboard
  • If you use a laptop or any alike device with a Fn (Function) Key on the keyboard, press both Fn+ F11 key to enable the full-screen mode
  • Repeat the same process, press the same keys to disable the full-screen mode
  • If you’re using Chrome on macOS, click on the green circle which is on the top left corner to switch to the full screen mode. Click on it again to switch back to regular screen.
  • Alternative way for Mac users: Go to View and then Enter Full Screen or press Control + Command + F keys on the keyboard to enable the full-screen. Repeat the same process to disable the full-screen mode.

Using the keyboard shortcuts is a more accessible and useful way to enable and disable full-screen mode on Google Chrome.

2. Enable/Disable Full-Screen Using the Chrome Browser Menu

This one is a little lengthy process. It is an  alternate method to switch full-screen mode on or off through the Chrome’s menu. You can use this method if the keyboard is not working on your laptop or desktop PC.

  • Open the Chrome menu (to the top right corner of the screen)
  • In the drop-down menu, go to Zoom and choose the Square icon (to the extreme right)

Enable/Disable Full-Screen Using the Chrome Browser Menu

  • Hover the mouse pointer to the upper screen and the exit icon (X) will appear. Click on the icon to exit the full-screen mode.
  • For Mac users, you can go up to the top of your screen and open the menu bar and now click on the green circle (to the top left corner) on the Chrome browser’s window

I generally use the keyboard shortcuts method to enter or exit the full-screen mode. But the second method is useful especially when the keyboard or the specific shortcut keys are not working. .

How to Enable Full-screen in Firefox?

You can easily set Firefox browser to a full-screen mode using the Firefox Full Screen feature.

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This is a very useful  for tablets or small-screen devices. You can also use the keyboard shortcuts on laptop or desktop. Let’s see both methods below:

1. Menu Buttons to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode in Firefox

You can use the Firefox menu button to enable or exit full-screen mode.

  • On the Firefox browser window, click on the menu button (to the right side of the toolbar)
  • Select the full-screen button (indicating two opposite arrows)

Menu Buttons to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode in Firefox

  • Repeat the above process to exit full screen

Done! Firefox offers an easy way to enable or disable full screen.

2. Keyboard Shortcuts to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode in Firefox

To switch full screen on or off, press the F11 key on your desktop keyboard  or  Fn + F11 keys on your laptop keyboard.

This is an easiest way to enter full-screen mode on Firefox web browser. How to Enable Full screen on IE (Internet Explorer)?

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You can view Internet Explorer on a full-screen mode hiding all the components on your screen other than the main browser window itself.

It is useful when you surf through some important websites or web pages. Let us see how to put IE in full-screen mode below:

  • Open the Internet Explorer browser
  • On the browser window, click on Tools option (the gear icon on the top right corner)
  • In the drop-down menu, go to the File option

Keyboard Shortcuts to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode in Firefox

  • Now, click on Full Screen from the submenu

On the other hand, you can use the keyboard shortcut that is F11 key to enable or disable the full-screen mode on your Internet Explorer web browser.

How to Enable Full-Screen Mode on Opera Browser?

The Opera web browser supports both Windows and macOS systems. Enabling and disabling full-screen mode on the Opera browser is just a toggle away.

Let’s see how to toggle full-screen mode on Windows and macOS below:

1. Enable Opera Full-screen Mode in Windows OS

Follow the steps given below to enable full screen in Opera on Windows system through the browser menu:

  • Open the Opera browser and go to the Opera menu (to the upper-left corner)
  • Scroll down to the Page option and a submenu will appear
  • Now, click on the Full-screen

Alternatively, you can also press the F11 key on your Windows system.

To disable the full-screen mode in Windows, press the F11 key or the ESC key  to switch back to standard Opera window.

2. Enable Opera Full-Screen Mode on MacOS

Just like the Firefox browser, Opera offers you an easy option to use it Full-Screen feature on your Mac device.

Follow the below-listed steps to toggle full-screen mode on Opera browser in your Mac system.

  • Open the Opera browser and go to the Opera menu
  • Click on View
  • In the drop-down list, choose the Enter full-Screen icon

To return to the standard window, click anywhere on the top of the screen to view the Opera menu.

When the menu appears, click on the View option and select Exit Full-screen icon in the drop-down menu.

You can also press ESC button on your Mac keyboard to exit full-screen on Opera.

How to Enable/Disable Full-Screen Mode on Edge?

In Microsoft Edge, the full-screen mode takes up the whole screen and shows the web page content only.

There are a few different ways to open Microsoft Edge in full-screen mode. Let’s see these methods.

1. Using the F11 Key

As you can see the F11 key is a common shortcut key to enable full-screen in any browser.

To enter full-screen mode in the Edge browser, you just have to open the Microsoft Edge browser and press F11 key to enter full-screen mode. Press the F11 key again to exit full-screen mode.

2. Using Keyboard Combination

The key combination mentioned below works for any ‘Universal Windows Platform’ app. Let us know the Key combination below and the process below:

  • Open the Edge browser
  • Press and hold Windows + Shift keys and press Enter

You’ve successfully set the Edge browser to the full screen mode.

  • Repeat the same process to exit full-screen mode

The above two methods are the easier and widely used methods for enabling and disabling full-screen mode in the Edge browser.

That’s it. This was all about how to enable or disable the full-screen mode on Chrome, Firefox, IE, Opera and Edge. Using the simple steps mentioned in this guide, you can now avoid all the tabs, address bar and favorite bar from your browser screen and view your favorite web page in a full-screen mode.

Do let us know if you have any queries or suggestions regarding this article in the comments section below.


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