Entering and Exiting Full Screen Mode on Mac OS X

Entering and Exiting Full Screen Mode on Mac OS X

I have a nifty trick to show you – how to seamlessly transition between regular and full screen mode on your Mac! It’s super easy, so let’s dive in.

First things first, to enter full screen mode on your Mac, simply press the green button at the top left corner of your application window. This will instantly expand your window to fill up your entire screen, giving you a more immersive experience.

But what if you want to leave full screen mode and go back to your regular view? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. To exit full screen mode, just move your mouse to the top left corner of your screen and you’ll see the green button appear again. Click on it, and ta-da! You’re back to your normal window layout.

Now, you might be wondering why full screen mode is even useful. Well, it’s great for focusing on a single task without any distractions. Whether you’re working on a project, watching a movie, or browsing the web, full screen mode allows you to fully immerse yourself in whatever you’re doing.

But wait, there’s more! If you prefer keyboard shortcuts to mouse clicks, I’ve got a couple for you. To enter full screen mode using the keyboard, simply press the Control and Command keys together, and then press the F key. And to exit full screen mode, press the same key combination again.

So there you have it – a quick and easy way to enter and exit full screen mode on your Mac. Whether you’re all about maximizing your screen real estate or simply want to enhance your focus, full screen mode is a nifty feature that can come in handy in a variety of situations. Give it a try, and enjoy the immersive experience!

How to Enter and Leave Full Screen Mode in Mac OS X

When I first started using OS X Lion, I was amazed by the full screen mode. It completely took over my screen, hiding everything else and giving me a truly immersive experience with my apps. However, as time went on, I realized that this feature can be a bit confusing for those who are used to the traditional window-based interface of OS X.

Have you ever accidentally triggered full screen mode and didn’t know how to exit it? Believe me, you’re not alone. We receive countless emails and comments from readers who find themselves trapped in this mode and can’t find their way out, especially in OS X Yosemite.

Apple made some changes in Yosemite that made it even easier to unintentionally enter full screen mode. They modified the buttons in the title bar of a window, leading to more accidental activations of this mode.

OS X Lion Full Screen Button

In previous versions of the Mac operating system, from OS X Lion through OS X Mavericks, there used to be a button in the upper-right corner of a window that allowed users to enter full screen mode.

From OS X Lion through OS X Mavericks, you could simply click a small icon in the upper-right corner of a window. This icon showed two arrows pointing away from each other and would activate full screen mode. However, things changed with the introduction of OS X Yosemite. Apple decided to remove this icon and repurpose the green zoom button located on the top-left side of the window. Traditionally, this button was used to maximize a window to its largest size. In Yosemite, clicking this button now triggers full screen mode.

os x yosemite full screen button

In the latest version of OS X Yosemite, they’ve made a change to the green button in the top-left corner of the window – it now functions as the full screen button.

This change might cause some users to accidentally enter full screen mode, but here’s the trick: these buttons actually disappear when an app is already in full screen mode. To access them, all you have to do is hold your mouse or trackpad cursor at the top-left corner of the screen and wait for a second or two. Then the buttons and menu bar will appear – a step that might not be immediately obvious to newcomers to OS X.

If you manage to get the hidden bar to appear in full screen mode, you can easily exit the mode by clicking the green button again. But there’s a faster way, and that’s using the keyboard. There are two keyboard methods to leave full screen mode in OS X:

  • Press the Escape key
  • Use the keyboard shortcut Control-Command-F

The Escape key is easier to remember and use, but it may not work with all apps. Plus, it can only take you out of full screen mode – it can’t enable full screen mode from the Desktop. So it’s better to memorize Control-Command-F if you plan on using full screen mode frequently in OS X. With this shortcut, you can quickly switch an active app into full screen mode when you want to focus on one thing at a time, and then easily exit full screen mode whenever you’re done.

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