With Microsoft Edge you can browse full screen, hiding toolbar, tabs and other interface elements give you full screen webpages. Here's how to enable and disable full screen mode in Microsoft's Edge browser.
These instructions apply to both Microsoft's new open-source Chromium-based Edge browser and the original version of Microsoft Edge that shipped with Windows 1
Press F11 to enter Full Screen mode
With Microsoft Edge open, you can press the F11 key on your keyboard at any time to enter Full Screen mode. Press F11 again to exit full screen mode. F11 turns full screen mode on and off.
This hotkey works in all popular web browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If you ever want to enter or exit full screen mode while browsing the web in almost any web browser, just press F11.
Use the zoom menu
You can also activate full screen mode with your mouse. To do this, click the menu button in the top right corner of the Edge browser window – it looks like three dots in a horizontal row.
To the right of the zoom option in the menu, click the "Full Screen" button to activate a full screen browsing experience. It looks like a diagonal arrow.
In full screen, move the mouse to the top of your screen and click the "X" button to exit full screen mode. (The button only appears when you move your mouse to the top of the screen.)
You can also press F11 on your keyboard to exit Microsoft Edge full screen mode.
If you are using the classic version of Edge that came with Windows 10, you should instead move your mouse to the top of the screen to find the hidden
Click the "Unmaximize" button on the toolbar "between the minimize and close buttons in the top right corner of the screen to disable full screen mode. You can also click the menu button (three dots) and then the "Full Screen" button again to turn off Full Screen mode.
The F11 key toggles full screen mode on and off in the classic version of Edge,
The Win + Shift + Enter trick (old Microsoft Edge only)
If you are the original version of Edge, you can also press Win + Shift + Enter to enter full screen mode and leave. However, the F11 key does the same thing in both versions of Edge, so you might as well press F11. It is a single keystroke.
The Win + Shift + Enter shortcut actually works for all Universal Windows Platform apps on Windows 10, including other apps like the Mail app. It doesn't work in classic desktop applications like the new Microsoft Edge
Maximize vs. full screen mode
Using full screen mode in Microsoft Edge is different from simply maximizing the browser window. When you maximize Edge by clicking the normal "Maximize" button to the left of the "x" button in the top right corner of the window, Edge will occupy your entire screen – but you will still see your Windows desktop taskbar, the tab bar, the address bar, the favorites bar (if enabled) and other interface elements.
The Full Screen mode is different. In full screen you will not see the tab bar and other interface elements. You will only see the current web page and scroll bar. Edge's full-screen mode is particularly suitable for giving presentations and watching videos.
Watching web videos in full screen mode
Enabling full screen mode with F11 or from the Zoom menu does not always give you a full screen video player. On websites such as YouTube, you must click the full screen button in the video player to view a video in full screen. If you just press F11 while watching YouTube, the YouTube web page will take up your entire screen, but the video will remain the same size.
If you have enabled full screen mode for watching a video, you can press the Esc key on your keyboard to exit full screen mode. You can also press F11 or click the "Full Screen" button in the video player again to turn it off.
By the way, you can press the "f" key on your keyboard to enable and disable YouTube full screen mode while watching a video. That's one of many shortcuts for YouTube and it works in all web browsers.
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Microsoft's new open-source Edge browser offers a world-class browsing experience where Chrome users will feel at home. It is a lot better than Internet Explorer in older versions of Windows. The full screen experience of Microsoft Edge is just like the full screen mode of Google Chrome. Chrome users can activate and deactivate full screen mode in the same way.
However, Edge is not the same as Chrome – unlike Chrome, the new Edge comes with a built-in tracking prevention feature. Other features are similar in both browsers: Edge's InPrivate mode is basically the same as Chrome's Incognito mode.
You can download the new Edge browser from Microsoft and Microsoft plans to roll it out to all Windows 10 PC users via Windows Update at one point.
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