To navigate the internet, you must use a web browser which usually has a navigation toolbar and a browsing area in which you see the websites that you visit. That is called window mode, but it is not the only way in which you can use the web browser. There is 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 is never enough screen space available on our displays. Today, we show you how to run Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Opera and the old Internet Explorer in full-screen mode. 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 do not see any part of your desktop, and there is no taskbar displayed. Going full screen also means that the web browser no longer shows its title bar, navigation tools and buttons like Back, Forward or Home. That means that you likely have to use touch (if you have a touchscreen), the buttons found on the websites that you visit, mouse gestures or keyboard shortcuts to navigate. To give you an example, here's a side by side illustration of what the Digital Citizen website looks like in Google Chrome in the window moded versus full-screen. The portions marked in red on the left side disappear when you go full screen (the right side):
How to run Google Chrome in full-screen mode (F11)
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, convertible or a similar device with the Fn key on the keyboard, you might have to press Fn + F11 instead of 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. Click the three dots button (Customize and control Google Chrome) and then the Full screen button highlighted below, near the Zoom option.
Regardless of the method you chose, when you want to go back to the regular window mode, press the F11 key (or Fn+F11) on your keyboard.
How to run Mozilla Firefox in full-screen mode (F11)
If you want to run Mozilla Firefox in full-screen mode, the easiest way is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. Or, if you use a laptop or a device with the 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 (Open menu) from the top right corner of the window and then click or tap the Full Screen button, near the Zoom option.
To go back to the 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 (F11)
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 (Tools), go to File and then click or tap 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 (F11 or Windows + Shift + Enter)
If you run Windows 10 Fall Creators Update or newer, Microsoft Edge can be run in full-screen mode by pressing the F11 key on your keyboard. Or, if you use a laptop or a device with the Fn key on its keyboard, press the Fn + F11 keys.
You can also use the mouse or touch: click or tap the three dots button (Settings and more) from the top-right corner of the window and then click or tap the Full Screen button, near the Zoom option.
To go back to the standard window view mode, press again on the F11 (or the Fn + F11) key on your keyboard.
Although Microsoft Edge is shaping up to become an excellent web browser, one of its former problems is the fact that it did not have an intuitive method of letting you run it in full screen. If you do not see the zoom option shared earlier, then you have an older version of Windows 10. Luckily, here is a way to make Microsoft Edge run in full screen, and it is not that complicated: you must simultaneously press the Windows + Shift + Enter keys on your keyboard.
To go back to the window mode in Microsoft Edge, push the same Windows + Shift + Enter keys again. 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.
NOTE: To learn which Windows version you are using, read What version, edition, and type of Windows 10 do I have installed?
How to run Opera in full-screen mode (F11)
In Opera, if you want to go full screen, the easiest way it is to press the F11 key on your keyboard. Or, if you have a compact keyboard like the ones usually found on laptops and convertibles, press the Fn + F11 keys.
Another way to go full screen is to use Opera's menu: click or tap on the Customize and control Opera button from the top left corner of the window, go to Page and then click or tap "Full screen."
To go back to the window mode in Opera, press the F11 (or the Fn + F11) key on your keyboard again.
How do you like the full-screen mode?
Now you know how to run any Google Chrome and all other major web browsers in fullscreen, and also how to get out of it. If you have not already tried to use your favorite web browser in this mode, you should. Who knows, maybe you will like it better than the regular window mode. After you test it, do not forget to let us know which mode you prefer and why. For that, you can use the comments below.