If you’re like me, you’ve probably accidentally hit the full screen button on your Windows computer at some point. And if you’re also like me, you probably spent a good few minutes trying to figure out how to get out of full screen mode. Well, search no more! Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to exit full screen mode on Windows.
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How to exit full screen mode in Windows
Full screen mode is a great way to use your computer when you want to give your undivided attention to a specific application, such as watching a movie or working on a project. But sometimes you need to exit full screen mode in Windows and return to working in a window. Here’s how to do it.
There are two ways to exit full screen mode:
With the mouse:
- Hover your mouse at the top of the screen until you see the menu bar.
- Click the green button in the menu bar.
- Use the keyboard:
- Press the F11 key.
How to disable full screen mode in Windows
To disable full screen mode in Windows, press the Alt+Enter keyboard shortcut. This will exit full screen mode and return you to your normal windowed view.
How to change full screen settings in Windows
To change your full screen settings in Windows, open the start menu and type in “full screen.” This will bring up the search results for full screen settings. From here, you can click on the “Change display settings” option to open the display settings window. In this window, you can adjust the resolution and refresh rate for your display. If you want to exit full screen mode, simply press the Alt+F4 key on your keyboard.
How to troubleshoot full screen mode issues in Windows
If you’re having trouble exiting full screen mode in Windows, there are a few things you can try.
First, try pressing the F11 key on your keyboard. This should toggle full screen mode on and off. If that doesn’t work, try pressing Alt+Tab to switch to another window, then press F11.
If you’re still having trouble, try restarting your computer. If that doesn’t work, try resetting your computer to its default settings.
How to optimize full screen mode in Windows
There are a few things you can do to optimize full screen mode in Windows. First, make sure that your screen resolution is set to the native resolution of your display. This will ensure that you’re getting the best image quality possible. Second, if you’re using a laptop or other portable device, make sure that you’re connected to an external monitor or projector for the best possible experience. Finally, if you’re having trouble with full screen mode being too small or too large, you can try adjusting the scaling in Windows’ Display settings.
How to use full screen mode in Windows
Learn how to use full screen mode in Windows. Full screen mode makes everything on the screen larger and easier to see. It also hides the taskbar, which can be useful if you’re working on a small screen.
To enter full screen mode:
- Open the window that you want to make full screen.
- Click the maximize button in the top-right corner of the window. The window will expand to fill the entire screen.
- To exit full screen mode, press the Esc key or click the maximize button again.
How to customize full screen mode in Windows
When you enter full-screen mode, Windows hides the taskbar at the bottom of your screen. If you want to see the taskbar while you’re in full-screen mode, move your mouse to the bottom of the screen. The taskbar will appear when you move your mouse over it.
To customize what happens when you enter full-screen mode, open Settings and go to System > Multi-tasking. Under “Full screen,” select an option from the drop-down menu:
- Task view: Shows all your open apps and windows in a single view. You can use task view to quickly switch between apps and windows, or close apps and windows that you no longer need.
- Show taskbar on all displays: Keeps the taskbar visible on all your displays while in full screen mode.
- Automatically hide taskbar in tablet mode: Hides the taskbar when you enter tablet mode (if your PC supports tablet mode).
How to exit full screen mode in Windows 8
The quickest way to exit full screen mode is to hit the Windows key + Shift + F. But there are other ways to do it as well:
- Hit Esc on your keyboard. This method also works in Windows 7.
- Move your mouse to the top of the screen, then click the X in the right corner of the screen. This will exit full screen mode and take you back to your desktop.
- Open the Charm bar by moving your mouse to the top or bottom right corner of the screen, then click Settings.
- Click on Change PC settings at the bottom of the Settings menu.
Under PC settings, click PC and devices.
Click Display on the left side of the PC and devices window.
Move the slider under Change the size of text, apps, and other items: all the way to the left (Smaller) or all the way to the right (Larger). This will change your screen resolution and exit full screen mode.