Full-screen windows focus your attention
Mac Tip #506, 05 October 2011
Some people like to clear their computer screen of distractions such as windows from other applications. Lion now lets a window take over the entire screen, including the menu Bar. Here’s how to enter and exit full-screen.
Lion lets apps take over the screen
A new feature in Lion is full-screen mode.
Before now you could use various window resizing techniques to get a window to fill up the whole screen below the Menu Bar, and a rare few apps would actually take over the entire screen. But now with Lion most apps can completely fill the screen, removing the menu Bar too.
Look in the top right corner of any window. If you see a pair of arrows as show in my screenshot then that app has a full-screen mode.
Click the arrows once to fill the entire screen with that window.
Esc or cursor to top to back out
Once you’re in full-screen mode you no longer have a Menu Bar and the double arrow disappears too. This may leave you wondering how to get back into a normal windowed view.
Try pressing the
esc key at the top left of the keyboard. You may need to press it more than once. That should return you to a normal mode with a Menu bar at the top of the screen.
Another option is to move the cursor to the very top of the screen. That causes the Menu Bar to appear. At the right end is a blue rectangle containing two inward-facing white arrows. Click the icon to escape full-screen mode. The window should return to the size it was before you entered full-screen.
Switch apps with Command Tab
While you’re in full-screen mode you can still use
Command (⌘) Tab to switch apps.
Hold down the
Command (⌘) key and press
Tab. The App Switcher appears. Press
Tab repeatedly while still holding down
Command (⌘) to select an app to switch to. Release the keys when the correct app is highlighted to bring that app to the front.
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Credit where it’s due
This Tip was written by Miraz Jordan, http://mactips.info, and is available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.