How to Make Full Screen on Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will learn how to make a window go full screen on a Mac. Going full screen can be useful when you want to focus on a particular application or when you want to utilize the entire screen space for a better viewing experience.

Step 1: Using the Green Button

To make a window go full screen using the built-in macOS feature, start by opening the application you want to put into full screen mode. Locate the green button in the top-left corner of the window’s title bar. Clicking this button will maximize the window to fill up the entire screen.


  • Hold down Option key: Holding down the Option key while clicking the green button will expand the window vertically, but not horizontally.
  • Double-click title bar: Double-clicking on an empty space in the title bar can also maximize or minimize a window.

Step 2: Using Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer using keyboard shortcuts, there are two options available:

Option 1: Control + Command + F

To go full screen using this shortcut, press and hold down the Control and Command keys simultaneously, and then press F. This will toggle your current active window into full screen mode.

Option 2: Control + Command + F for specific apps

Some applications have their own specific keyboard shortcuts for going full screen. For example, in web browsers like Safari or Google Chrome, you can use Control + Command + F as mentioned above.

However, in apps like Pages or Keynote, you may need to use different shortcuts specific to those applications. Check their respective menus or documentation to find the correct shortcuts.

Step 3: Exiting Full Screen Mode

To exit full screen mode, you can either click the green button again, press the Control + Command + F keyboard shortcut, or use a specific application-based shortcut if available.

That’s it! Now you know how to make a window go full screen on a Mac using both the built-in macOS feature and keyboard shortcuts. Enjoy maximizing your screen real estate and improving your productivity!

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