Microsoft Edge lets you browse full-screen mode, hiding toolbar, tabs, and other interface elements to give you full-screen web pages. To enable and disable full-screen mode in Microsoft's Edge browser.
These instructions apply to both Microsoft's new open-source chrome-based Edge browser and the original version of Microsoft Edge that came with Windows 10.
Press F11 to toggle full-screen mode
When Microsoft Edge is open, you can press on the F11 key on the keyboard to go to full screen mode at any time. Press F11 again to exit full screen mode. F11 turns on and off full screen mode.
This shortcut works in all popular browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If you ever need to enter or exit full-screen mode while browsing the web, basically any browser, just press F11.
Use the zoom menu
You can also activate full screen mode with the mouse. To do so, click the menu button in the top right corner of the browser window Edge – 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 surfing experience. It looks like a diagonal arrow.
In full screen mode, move the mouse to the top of the screen and click the "X" button to exit full screen mode. (The button appears only when you move the mouse to the top of the screen.)
You can also press F11 on the keyboard to exit Microsoft Edge's full-screen mode.
If you are using the classic version of Edge that came with Windows 10, you must instead move the mouse to the top of the screen to reveal the hidden toolbar.
Click the "Unmaximize" button between minimize and close the buttons at the top right of the screen to disable full screen mode. You can also click the menu button (three points) and click the "Full Screen" button again to turn off full screen mode.
The F11 key turns on and off full screen mode in the classic version of Edge, too.
The Win + Shift + Enter Trick (Old Microsoft Edge Only)
If you are using the original version of Edge, you can also press Win + Shift + Enter to enter and exit full screen mode. But the F11 key does the same in both versions of the Edge, so you might as well press F11 instead. It's a single button press.
The Win + Shift + Enter shortcut actually works for all Universal Windows Platform apps on Windows 10, including other apps such as 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 at the top right of the window, Edge takes up the entire screen – but you still see your Windows desktop taskbar, tab bar, address bar, favorite bar (if it is enabled) and other interface elements.
Full screen mode is different. In full screen mode, you do 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 especially good for giving presentations and watching videos.
Watching full-screen mode web videos
Enabling full-screen mode with F11 or from the zoom menu does not always give you a full-screen video player. On sites like YouTube, you need to click the full screen button in the video player to get a video to record the entire screen. If you just press F11 while watching YouTube, the YouTube web page will record the entire screen, but the video will remain the same size.
If you have enabled full-screen mode to watch a video, you can press the Esc key on the keyboard to avoid 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 the keyboard to turn on YouTube's full-screen mode and off while watching a video. It is one of many shortcuts for YouTube and it works in any browser.
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Microsoft's new open-source Edge browser offers a world-class browsing experience, one that Chrome users will feel at home with. It is much better than Internet Explorer in older versions of Windows. The Microsoft Edge screen experience is just like Google Chrome's full screen mode. Chrome users can enable and disable full screen mode in the same way.
However, Edge is not the same as Chrome, but unlike Chrome, the new Edge has a built-in tracking prevention feature. Other features are the same in both browsers – Edge's InPrivate mode is basically the same as Chrome's incognito mode.
You can download the new Microsoft Edge browser and Microsoft plans to roll it out to all Windows 10 PC users via Windows Update at some point.
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