How to run your web browser in fullscreen (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge and Opera)
To navigate the internet you must use a web browser which usually has navigation toolbar and a browsing area in which you can see the websites you visit. That’s called window mode but it’s not the only way in which you can use the web browser to visit websites. There’s also the full-screen mode which renders websites over your entire display area. Whether because the monitor is too small and the resolution too high or for any other reason, it seems that there’s never enough screen space available on our screens. Today, we’ll show you how to do run Chrome, Opera, Edge, Firefox and also the old Internet Explorer in full-screen mode on a Windows PC. Here we go:
What happens when you run a web browser in full-screen mode?
Running a web browser in full-screen mode means that the browser occupies all the screen space that is available. You won’t see any part of your desktop, and there will be no taskbar displayed. Going full-screen also means that the web browser will no longer show its title bar, navigation tools and buttons like Back, Forward or Home. That means that you will likely have to use touch, the buttons found on the websites that you visit, mouse gestures or shortcut keys on your keyboard to navigate. To give you an example, here’s a side by side illustration of what the Digital Citizen website looks like in Opera in the window versus full-screen viewing mode:
How to run Google Chrome in full-screen mode
The fastest way to run Google Chrome in full-screen mode is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. If you use a laptop or a similar device, you might have to press Fn + F11 instead of just F11.
An alternative way to get into full-screen mode in Google Chrome is to open its menu from the top right side of the window and the click or tap on the full-screen button.
Regardless of the method you chose, when you want to go back to the regular window mode, press the F11 key on your keyboard.
How to run Mozilla Firefox in full-screen mode
If you want to run Mozilla Firefox in full-screen mode, the easiest way to do it is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. Or, if you use a laptop and there’s a Fn key on its keyboard, press the Fn + F11 keys.
An alternative method to run Mozilla Firefox in full-screen mode is to use its menu. Click or tap on the “hamburger” button from the top right corner of the window and then click or tap on the Full Screen button.
To go back to the normal window view mode in Mozilla Firefox, press again on the F11 (or the Fn + F11) key on your keyboard.
How to run Internet Explorer in full-screen mode
To run Internet Explorer in full-screen, press the F11 key on your keyboard. If you use a laptop or a similar device with a compact keyboard, you might have to press the Fn + F11 keys instead of just F11.
Another way to switch Internet Explorer into full-screen mode is to use its menu. Click or tap on the cogwheel button from the top right corner of the window, go to File and the click or tap on the Full screen option.
To get Internet Explorer out of the full-screen mode, press the F11 (or Fn + F11) key on your keyboard.
How to run Microsoft Edge in full-screen mode
Although Microsoft Edge is shaping up to become an excellent web browser, one of its problems is the fact that it doesn’t have an intuitive method of letting you run it in full-screen. While most web browsers let you use the F11 key to go full-screen, Microsoft Edge doesn’t. And it also doesn’t have a full-screen button anywhere in its menus or settings. But, there is a way to make Microsoft Edge run in full-screen, and the truth is that it’s really not that complicated: you must simultaneously press the Windows + Shift + Enter keys on your keyboard.
To go back to the normal window view mode in Microsoft Edge, push the same Windows + Shift + Enter keys again.
NOTE: This keyboard shortcut (Windows + Shift + Enter) works for any Windows universal app that you want to run in full-screen mode, not just for Microsoft Edge.
How to run Opera in full-screen mode
In Opera, if you want to go full-screen, the easiest way to do it is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. Or, if you have a compact keyboard like the ones usually found on laptops, press the Fn + F11 keys.
Another way to go full-screen is to use Opera’s menu: click or tap on the Opera button from the top left corner of the window, go to Page and then click or tap on the Full screen option.
To go back to the normal window mode in Opera, press the F11 (or the Fn + F11) key on your keyboard again.
Now you know how to run any major web browser in full-screen mode and also how to get out of it. If you didn’t already try to use your favorite web browser in full-screen, now you should. Who knows, maybe you’ll like it better than the normal window view mode. And after you test it, don’t forget also to let us know which mode you prefer and why. For that, you can use the comments below.