If you have an app or game on your Windows 11/10 device that you would like to go full screen on but can’t find the full-screen, windowed, or border-less options, this short tutorial will show you how to go full screen on most apps, games or browsers.
Universal Full-Screen Shortcut Keys
In most apps or games, you can use the universal full-screen shortcut keys – the Alt + Enter keys combination, which usually works to change an app or game into full-screen mode immediately.
To enter full screen on an app or game, while you are on the app or game, press Alt + Enter keys on your keyboard. The app should then switch itself into full-screen mode.
Please note that this method won’t work to go full screen on browsers in Windows 11/10. To enter full screen on browsers, use the second method below instead.
Going full screen on browsers such as Chrome, Edge or Firefox in Windows 11/10
Going full screen on browsers is different than that of other apps. The Alt + Enter keys will not work to switch browsers to full screen on Windows 10/11.
The magic shortcut key for most browsers to go full screen is the F11 key. To open a webpage in full-screen mode on Chrome, Edge, or Firefox, while you are on the webpage, press the F11 key on your keyboard. The page should then cover your entire screen, achieving a borderless full-screen effect.
Going full screen on Chrome without F11 key
If your keyboard doesn’t have an F11 key or it’s not functioning properly, you can still go full screen on Chrome by using the menu options.
- Open Chrome and navigate to the webpage you want to view in full screen.
- Click the three-dot menu icon in the top-right corner of the window.
- Hover your mouse over the “Zoom” option in the menu that appears.
- Click on the “Fullscreen” option in the sub-menu that appears.
- The webpage should now be displayed in full screen mode.
Alternatively, you can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + F to go full screen on Chrome without using the F11 key.
Keep in mind that not all versions of Chrome may have the “Fullscreen” option in the Zoom menu, and some websites may not allow you to go full screen through this method. In those cases, you may need to use a different browser or find a workaround specific to that website or app.
How to exit full screen on Windows 10/11
If it’s an app or a game, to get out of full-screen mode, try to use the same shortcut keys – Alt + Enter keys again to switch back to windowed mode. The Alt + Enter shortcut key is actually a toggle button to switch between full-screen and windowed mode on most apps or games.
If it’s a browser, simply press F11 keys to revert back to windowed mode. Similar to the Alt + Enter keys method, F11 key is also a toggle button to switch between full-screen and windowed mode in most modern browsers.
Still can’t get full screen on your app or game?
The methods above may not work on certain modern apps or games if they don’t allow such shortcut keys that may interfere with the apps to exist.
If that’s the case, you have to try to look for any available in-game video options or configurations that allow you to manually modify the screen settings to full-screen mode. It’s usually called “Display mode” or “Screen mode” which can usually be found under Video Settings or Graphic Options in most apps or games if there is any.
Some apps or games don’t allow full-screen mode at all, in which case, there is no way you can change it to full-screen mode.