47 responses

  1. Davis
    August 10, 2011

    All native apps, Safari, Photo Booth, FaceTime, Mail, iTunes, etc, use CONTROL+COMMAND+F to enter and exit from full-screen. That would be my recommendation for setting a universal shortcut, to stay within Apple’s UX convention.

    • henrik
      January 20, 2012

      go to system-prefs->keyboard
      enable show keyboard and character ….
      and you will see the shortcuts in the menus

      but where are the manuals for lion ??

    • Jimpithecus
      August 13, 2012

      Firefox 14 will not do this and the “fix” listed above does not work nohow on my 10.7.4 machine.

    • Constance
      November 9, 2014

      Thanks ! It works on my Mac

  2. Josh
    August 10, 2011

    I followed all the steps and it looks exactly how it is in the picture for enter and exit but this doesnt work for me. I have a brand new mbp 13 with lion and I also have maximizer…any ideas?

    • Paul
      August 10, 2011

      Try another keyboard shortcut? Command+Escape might be assigned to something else for the app you are trying it in, but I have verified it works with many apps on a variety of shortcuts.

  3. Josh
    August 10, 2011

    I guess command+esc didnt work but other shortcuts worked just fine

  4. Jaco
    August 10, 2011

    Didn’t work for me either. Tried command+esc – no go. Tried option+tab – no go. MBP 15″ i7 here.

  5. Jaco
    August 10, 2011

    Well, I just set option+f and it works.

  6. Jaco
    August 10, 2011

    Nope, it didn’t work with terminal. I think I’ll just leave this tip alone.

    • Paul
      August 10, 2011

      I tested it with Terminal and it works fine, you may need to relaunch Terminal for it to take effect

  7. cee202
    August 10, 2011

    didn’t work with Command-esc

  8. cee202
    August 10, 2011

    however option+f works.

  9. WOZimandias
    August 10, 2011

    Command-Esc works for me, but I will use Command+Control+F to stick with standard

    nice tip

  10. Geoff Watson
    August 10, 2011

    Command-esc didn’t work for me either.

    option-f worked however, but I switched it to command-shift-f so that it would work with firefox. all native apps support this command also.

  11. gavin thompson
    August 10, 2011

    i used option+command+F to keep it native but FYI you have to enter the Enter Full Screen/Exit Full Screen with beginning caps in each word and spaces between or it doesn’t work

  12. Orval Gwinn
    August 10, 2011

    The escape key already does it on my iMac mid 2010 without any changes by me.

  13. Orval Gwinn
    August 10, 2011

    Sorry, I should have said escape exits full screen.

  14. Sheryl
    August 11, 2011

    Thanks for this tip. I went with ByWord’s existing keystroke for entering and exiting full screen, Command-Return. That seems to work nicely.

  15. KeyboardPro
    September 12, 2011

    How do we enable the keyboard shortcuts for entering and exiting fullscreen, for Maximizer?

    I’ve got iWeb working on full screen, but no idea why shortcut for full screen isn’t working.

  16. Dom
    September 14, 2011

    Thanks a million

  17. Mike
    November 14, 2011

    It seems to me that this only works on monitor #1… in order to go full screen from my second monitor I still have to click the expansion button in the top. Then, it slides over to monitor #1 as it expands, which looks cool, but isn’t exactly what I’m going for.

  18. Holly Holliday
    February 17, 2012

    THANK YOU!!!!

  19. Jake
    February 20, 2012

    Command + control + f worked for me but Command + Escape did not. MacBook Pro 13″ new in Jan 2012.

  20. Kevin
    April 23, 2012

    Command-Control-Return worked fine for me. Thanks for the tip – clicking that icon to do this is time-consuming and, well, requires the mouse.

  21. Brad
    May 24, 2012

    Control + Escape also works on MacBook Pro 2012.

  22. jbald
    June 30, 2012

    A good one to use with newer apple keyboards is F5 or F6 as these have no assigned function unlike the other function keys ex. F3= Mission Control. IMO apple should have included the fullscreen function here stock

  23. aj
    July 16, 2012

    +1 for awesomeness. I had to use the [control]+[command]+F keyboard combo to get it to work.

  24. [anonymous]
    August 31, 2012

    I like to use Command+X because I always want everything in full screen, and to me it seems like the easiest shortcut known because the keys are right above one another. I am surprised Apple did not set this as the X button shortcut.

  25. me
    September 9, 2012

    It seems in Mountain Lion the default shortcut to toggle fullscreen mode is [control] + [command] + F, no need to setup anything to have it working. :)

  26. Sumit Gupta
    September 25, 2012

    Great tutorial, command plus escape works. Thanks for sharing

  27. zack
    October 29, 2012

    just as an FYI, if you use the wording “Toggle Full Screen” it will do the same thing without having to put in an entry for Enter and Exit.

  28. Ian
    January 3, 2013

    This was very helpful. You are a life saver.

  29. mia
    January 8, 2013

    control+comman+f = full screen mode.

  30. Ronnie
    January 29, 2014

    To get this to work, you MUST enter the EXACT same menu item, ie “Enter Full Screen”

    Additionally, the reason Command+Shift+F works…..is because it’s already defined as the shortcut key…look in the menu items, and you will see (at least in Mavericks).

  31. Sunny
    January 31, 2014

    Command+1 Works like butter on the OSX

  32. Ron
    November 7, 2014

    Why isn’t there just an option to open everything full screen if you want to?

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  34. Rune Jørgensen
    December 3, 2016


    It tried this and it didn’t work at first because my mac is in Danish and not in English, so i tried switching my mac to English and i worked just fine. my problem is that i really want this to work on my mac when the language is set to Danish, but for that to work the “Enter Full Screen” and “Exit Full Screen” text would have to be in Danish too and to English.

    Do you know how i can find out what the text is in Danish?

  35. Chipotle
    September 10, 2011

    I tried all of them the only one that seems to work is option+f. Brand New MBP 13in

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