25 responses

  1. Doug
    March 29, 2015

    Hitting the Escape key works for me.

    • Tennessee Jed
      March 29, 2015

      Escape does not seem to be universally tolerated

      anyway, I got a call about this the other day from my bro, he was way confused by this. Why did Apple change it?

    • Andrew
      March 29, 2015

      escape works for me too. Like 100% of the time, just testing it now and can’t find a single app that won’t escape out of full screen that way.

      • John
        November 11, 2015

        escape doesn’t work

  2. Hex
    March 29, 2015

    This is the one Yosemite feature I dislike. I used to use RightZoom to make the green button behave more like the Windows maximize button but Yosemite broke that. Now I use HyperDock to make windows maximize whenever I move them to the top of the screen, and even then, it doesn’t work in all apps.

  3. Fnordmeister
    March 29, 2015

    Great! Now, if only TextWrangler wouldn’t require full-screen mode to save a new file.

    (If I’m not in full-screen mode and I try to save a new file, the window that pops up with the new file name and the Save button is taller than my screen.) (And yes, Apple knows about this.)

  4. Lou
    March 30, 2015

    they need to slow down and stop changing so much so often. The very need for this post clearly underscores a larger issue.
    Also when they abandon long loved programs like I-DVD why not liscense it to another so we might continue to use it? They would continue to profit from it and millions of users would not be abandoned.
    Oh and Tim, we would so buy a bigger battery phone. The logic is simple, that’s why Mophie makes millions. We used to a carry freaking Walkie Takie sized phones around so……

  5. jameskatt
    March 30, 2015

    I simply hate full-screen mode. It is meant for people who can’t focus.

  6. Lex Blagus
    March 31, 2015

    The new fullscreen feature deeply, trully and profundly sucks. Fixable by Better Touch Tool.

    • Peg
      March 9, 2016

      Amen. This drives me crazy, it was unnecessary, and I keep forgetting the work around. Sheeesh. Progress?

  7. ReReX
    April 3, 2015

    I just can’t believe that Apple is changing the behaviour of a default function without giving the oportunity to modify that behaviour. It’s one of the attitude that makes me want to slap the OS developers. Better Touch Tool is a useful tweak, but please tell me there is command that can modify those new “it’s not a bug, it’s a feature”.
    (I still wonder why I have to CTRL-clic on the power button/key to display the shutdown-sleep-restart window!)

  8. John
    November 11, 2015

    what did they do to full screen? fork you apple.

  9. Gabchik
    December 3, 2015

    I’m having problems with exiting full screen too. It happens when answering emails, the screen zooms into Full size.
    So (1) I’ve tried Escape, nothing happens. (2) Tried the Green button, nothing happens and (3) tried Cmd + Ctl +F and that doesn’t work either. What next please?

  10. Chiquita
    January 1, 2016

    i have tried top green button and all the keyboard short cuts to get rid of full screen in quicken 2016. nothing gets rid of it. i”m running os 10.11. i got a small window by going to view and open new window t opens in smaller window, but if i close Quicken and reopen it goes back to full screen.

  11. FastBill
    January 17, 2016

    In El Capitan, the app named “Parcel” (from the Mac App store) does not recognize either Esc or Cmd+Ctrl+F to exit full-screen mode.

    • Michael
      February 11, 2016

      Simply move your cursor to the top edge of your screen and leave it there for a second.
      The menu bar will appear :-)

  12. Jonathan Quimbly
    April 30, 2016

    Apple’s stupidest idea ever. Full screen mode just sucks. If you Cmd-Tab to another app, you’re screwed because now you have to find your way back to that full screen space or whatever it is. You cannot simply tab back.

    I don’t know what Apple was or is thinking about full screen, but there’s definitely a control freak thing going on here.

  13. Phil Zampino
    June 28, 2016

    Apple should restore the old style of window zooming and allow a way to COMPLETELY disable full screen. They might think it’s a good idea, but it’s a persistent annoyance to me, as I search for just the right key combination for this or that application. What ever happened to consistent key commands, btw?…

  14. Becky
    September 9, 2016

    Quite simple, yes but certainly not obvious.

  15. Louis
    October 15, 2016

    when i press escape it always ends the fullscreen mode, how can i disable this shortcut?

  16. Don
    February 18, 2017

    Fullscreen sucks! Period!

  17. Curt Welch
    April 3, 2017

    I got stuck in the slic3r app (3D printing tool) in full-screen mode. Or some type of broken window maximum size mode. It’s something like a windows app poorly ported to the Mac. Doesn’t always follow Mac behavior correctly. The top Mac menu bar was there, but it was covering up the three normal window buttons so I couldn’t use them to reduce the window size. CMD-CNTR-F had no effect. Quitting the app worked, but it would restart in the same maximum sized window. Nothing was working.

    System-preferences > display > resolution

    Using this to change the effective resolution forced the window to resize under the menu bar where I could use the buttons and also make grab the corners/edge to resize the window. Exit app and restart and it was cleared up.

  18. David Powers
    May 22, 2017

    For months I’ve had an app (makemkv) stuck in full screen mode – yes even survives quit and boot.

    When I move to the top of the screen I get the menu appearing, but no green button or menu entry – so method one doesn’t work. There is also nothing useful in the menus – why remove the standard set of window operations?

    When I use the command control F nothing happens (does work in some other apps).

    • Maxx
      May 27, 2017

      On my latest Macbook Pro it is Fn-Cmd-F

  19. Ray
    June 24, 2017

    Simp-le as the dickens, IF you know how to do it. Otherwise, you have to go through this research process. Why don’t they leave an obvious escape button on screen — you know, for us ignoramuses?

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