macOS Sierra full screen mode

If you're working with a small screen or just need to focus on one specific app, you can use full-screen mode in macOS to brush unused apps aside and commit your entire screen to a single app.

How to enter full-screen mode

  1. In the top left corner of the app window, click the full-screen button. It's green and looks like two arrows pointing outward
  2. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + F.

    Click the Full-screen button in the upper left corner of any app window to enter full-screen mode

Navigating full-screen mode

Swipe between full screen apps on macOS.

  • To access to the Mac menu bar, hover your cursor over the top of the screen. The menu bar will drop down so you can access its tools.
  • If you need to get access to the Dock, just move your cursor toward the Dock. The Dock is either on the left, right, or bottom of your Mac's screen.
  • To switch between apps while in full-screen mode, you can use a three-finger swipe gesture on your Mac trackpad or use the Command + Tab shortcut keys.



How to exit full-screen mode

  1. Hover your cursor over the top left corner of the screen until you see the window bar. Then click the Exit full-screen button. It's red and looks like an X.
  2. Alternatively, use the keyboard shortcut Control + Command + F.

    Click the Exit full-screen button in the upper left corner of any app window to exit full-screen mode

Questions?

Anything we missed? Run into any trouble using full-screen mode? Gimme a shout in the comments below or over on Twitter!

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