Microsoft Edge lets you navigate in full screen mode, hiding the toolbar, tabs and other interface elements to give you full screen web pages. Here’s how to turn full screen mode on and off in Microsoft’s Edge browser.
These instructions apply to both New open source Edge browser based on Microsoft Chromium and the original version of Microsoft Edge that came with Windows 10.
Press F11 to switch to full screen mode
With Microsoft Edge open, you can press the F11 key on your keyboard to enter full screen mode at any time. Press F11 again to exit full screen mode. F11 activates and deactivates full screen mode.
This keyboard shortcut works in all popular web browsers, including Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. If you need to enter or exit full screen mode while browsing the web in any web browser, just press F11.
Use the Zoom menu
You can also activate full screen mode using your mouse. To do this, click on the menu button in the upper right corner of the Edge browser window: it looks like three dots on a horizontal line.
To the right of the Zoom option in the menu, click on the “Full screen” button to activate a full screen browsing experience. It looks like a diagonal arrow.
In full screen mode, move the mouse to the top of your screen and click the “X” button to exit full screen mode. (The button only appears when you move your mouse to the top of the screen.)
You can also press F11 on your keyboard to exit Microsoft Edge’s full screen mode.
If you’re using the classic version of Edge that came with Windows 10, you should move your mouse to the top of the screen instead to reveal the hidden toolbar.
In the toolbar, click on the “Unmaximize” button between the minimize and close buttons in the upper right corner of the screen to deactivate full screen mode. You can also click on the menu button (three dots) and click on the “Full screen” button again to deactivate full screen mode.
The F11 key also enables and disables full screen mode in the classic version of Edge.
The Win + Shift + Enter tip (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. However, the F11 key does the same thing in both versions of Edge, so you can also press F11 instead. It’s one touch.
The Win + Shift + Enter shortcut actually works for everyone Universal Windows platform applications on Windows 10, including other apps like the Mail app. It does not work in classic office applications like the new Microsoft Edge
Magnify compared to 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 in the upper right corner of the window, Edge will occupy your entire screen, but you will still see the taskbar on your Windows desktop, the tabs, the address bar, the favorites bar (if it is activated) and other interface elements.
Full screen mode is different. In full screen mode, you will not see the tab bar and other interface elements. You will simply see the current web page and the scroll bar. The full screen mode of Edge is particularly useful for making presentations and watching videos.
Watch web videos in full screen mode
Enabling full screen mode with F11 or from the Zoom menu will not always give you a full screen video player. On websites like YouTube, you’ll need to click the full screen video player button for a video to occupy full screen. If you just press F11 while watching YouTube, the YouTube web page will occupy your entire screen, but the video will stay the same size.
If you have activated full screen mode to watch a video, you can press the Esc key on your keyboard to exit full screen mode. You can also press F11 or click the “Full Screen” button in the video player again to deactivate it.
By the way, you can press the “f” key on your keyboard to toggle YouTube full screen mode on and off while watching a video. It is one of the many keyboard shortcuts for YouTube, and it works in all web browsers.
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 on older versions of Windows. The full screen experience of Microsoft Edge is similar to the full screen mode of Google Chrome. Chrome users can turn full screen mode on and off in the same way.
However, Edge is not the same as Chrome. Unlike Chrome, the new Edge comes with an integrated tracking prevention feature. The other features are similar in both browsers: Edge’s InPrivate mode is basically the same as Chrome’s private browsing mode.
You can download the new Edge browser from Microsoft, and Microsoft plans to deploy it to all Windows 10 PC users via Windows Update at some point.