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Full-screen mode in Google Chrome offers a minimalistic approach that eliminates almost all distractions while you read an article or try to work online. Become the productivity guru you always wanted to be by removing tabs, navigation buttons, extensions dock, and Omnibox.

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How to Activate Full-screen Mode

Fire up Chrome, and then navigate to a web page that you want to visit in full-screen mode. Click the menu button, and then click on the full-screen mode icon (the empty square) located next to Zoom mode about halfway down the menu. Alternatively, press the F11 key on your keyboard to activate full-screen mode (if you’re using a Chromebook, look for the key that looks just like the icon represented in the menu).

Click the menu icon, then click on the full-screen mode icon

What you get is a view of the web page without the elements of Chrome that can quickly advert your attention to less important things.

Full-screen mode in all its glory

Full-screen mode is excellent for staying on one website, and it lets you traverse the internet with direct links only. If you want to visit another website via the Omnibox, you have to exit full-screen mode.

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As you may have noticed, when you enter full-screen mode, the menu icon disappears along with the Omnibox. So how do you exit it to navigate to a different website?

Simple: press F11 one more time to return to the regular windowed view of Chrome. Again, if you’re using a Chromebook, use the hollow rectangle key on the keyboard.

Press F11 to exit Full-screen mode

If for whatever reason the keypress doesn’t work—maybe you’ve remapped your function key—don’t worry. Move the mouse cursor to the center of the top of the screen until a circle with a white X appears. Click the icon to exit full-screen mode.

Or move the cursor to the top of the window and click the X that appears


If you want an approach that resembles reader view on many of the other browsers,  you can enable Chrome’s experimental reading mode. It makes it easier to concentrate on articles by removing all the same elements as full-screen mode while it adds a few other formatting changes, increasing readability and focus.

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