How to Enter and Exit Full Screen Mode in macOS

The size of your Mac’s display can affect the way you work. If you have a gloriously large 27-inch iMac, you’ve got lots of room to stretch out. You can have several windows visible, large and small, each organized efficiently. On the contrary, if you have a smaller Mac, like a 12-inch MacBook, there’s not much room for multiple windows. Fortunately, macOS offers a “full-screen mode,” which you can use for most of your apps.

When you’ve got limited screen space available, it’s a good idea to use every pixel of it. By default, macOS displays the Dock at the bottom of the screen, and it’s always visible. When you open an app, its window only stretches from the top of the display to the top of the Dock, so you’re missing out on some valuable space.

In a recent article on the Mac Security Blog, about getting to know your Mac’s Dock, I explained how you can either position the Dock to the left of the display–getting more vertical space at the expense of slightly less horizontal space–or hide it entirely.

In this article, I’m going to discuss how you use full-screen mode in macOS, and how you can get the most out of this feature to work efficiently on a small display.

Read the rest of the article on the Mac Security Blog.

2 thoughts on “How to Enter and Exit Full Screen Mode in macOS

  1. Is there some way to disable full screen mode? It was occasionally useful on my old 13″ MacBook Pro but on my 27″ Retina iMac it’s ludicrous.

  2. Is there some way to disable full screen mode? It was occasionally useful on my old 13″ MacBook Pro but on my 27″ Retina iMac it’s ludicrous.

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