How to Full Screen Mac

Charlotte Daniels

Mac, Tutorials

If you want to make the most of your Mac’s screen real estate, learning how to full screen applications can be incredibly useful. Whether you’re working on a project, watching a movie, or browsing the web, going full screen can provide a distraction-free experience. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to full screen on a Mac using various methods.

Using the Green Button

One of the easiest ways to full screen an application on your Mac is by using the green button located in the top-left corner of most windows. Here’s how:

  • Step 1: Open the application you want to full screen.
  • Step 2: Locate the green button in the top-left corner of the window.
  • Step 3: Click on the green button once, and the application will expand to fill your entire screen.

This method works for most applications but may not provide optimal results for all of them. Some apps may only expand horizontally or vertically instead of filling up your entire display.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, macOS offers a convenient option for full screening applications. The keyboard shortcut differs depending on whether you’re using macOS Mojave or later versions:

  • Step 1: Open the application you want to full screen.
  • If you’re using macOS Mojave or later:

  • Step 2: Press Control + Command + F simultaneously to enter full-screen mode.
  • If you’re using an older version of macOS:

  • Step 2: Press Control + Command + F simultaneously to enter full-screen mode.

Using keyboard shortcuts can be faster and more efficient once you get accustomed to them. It’s worth noting that some applications may have their own unique keyboard shortcuts for full screening, so make sure to check the app’s documentation or preferences.

Using Mission Control

Mission Control is a powerful macOS feature that allows you to manage windows and workspaces effectively. It can also be used to full screen applications.

  • Step 2: Swipe up on your trackpad with three or four fingers, or press the Mission Control key (usually F3) on your keyboard.
  • Step 3: Locate the application window you want to full screen and drag it towards the top of the screen until a new desktop appears.
  • Step 4: Release the window, and it will enter full-screen mode on the newly created desktop.
  • Mission Control offers a more advanced way of managing your windows and workspaces, making it a great option if you frequently use multiple apps simultaneously.

    In Conclusion

    Now that you know how to full screen on a Mac using different methods like using the green button, keyboard shortcuts, or Mission Control, you can tailor your workflow according to your preference. Experiment with these techniques and find what works best for you!

    Note: Keep in mind that not all applications support full-screen mode, so some apps may not respond as expected.

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