How to Exit Full Screen: Mac Shortcut

There are two ways to exit full-screen mode on your Mac; we'll show you how!

We will teach you how to exit the full screen on your Mac. You can do this the traditional way by clicking the green button on your open window. You can also use the full-screen Mac shortcut on your keyboard. 

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How to Use the Mac Minimize Shortcut to Exit Full Screen

The full-screen shortcut on Macs can help you enter and exit full screen by pressing command + control + F. You need to push all of these keys at once while your window is open to enter full screen and again to exit full screen.

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Related: How to Use Split Screen on MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac and use the MacBook Split Screen Shortcut

How to Minimize Screen on Mac

Another way to minimize the screen is to click the full-screen button, which is the green button located in the top-left corner of your window. If your window is already in full-screen mode, you might not see the button unless you hover over the top of the window with your cursor.

  1. With your window in full screen, hover over the top of the window with your cursor until the three colored buttons appear.

    With your window in full screen - view video full screen
  2. Click on the green button to minimize your window.

    Click on the green button to minimize your window - how to get out of full screen mac
  3. Click on the green button again to maximize it.

    Click on the green button again to maximize it.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life who lives in Hawaii. With a BA in International Relations from Anglo American University, Olena traveled the world. She has lived in Ukraine, the Czech Republic, China, and the USA. Olena won an excellence award for a controversial article, got a grant to blog from a war-zone, and published a short fictional story. She hopes to publish a full-length novel and continue writing up a storm on her blog The Travel Bug Bite! When she’s not typing or flying, she is loving on animals, crafting bizarre creations, and devouring all-you-can-eat sushi.