How To Exit Full Screen On Mac

As a Mac user, it’s not uncommon to use an application or browser in full-screen mode to get a broader view and minimize distractions. But sometimes, this mode can turn into a hassle, especially when you want to switch between apps or access your desktop. So, how do you exit full-screen mode on your Mac? In today’s post, let’s explore the simple steps to do this.

Using the Escape Key

The simplest way to exit full-screen mode on your Mac is by using the Escape key on your keyboard. However, this method might not work for all applications as some might have different methods to get out of full-screen mode.

Using the Top Menu

If the Escape key doesn’t work, you can move your cursor to the top of the screen. This action will reveal the menu bar from which you can exit full-screen mode. Here is how:

  1. Move your cursor to the top of the screen until the menu bar appears.
  2. Click on the green button on the top left corner of the menu bar. This is the same button you used to enter full screen.

Shortcuts to Exit Full Screen

You can also use keyboard shortcuts to exit full-screen mode on your Mac. Here are the three most common shortcuts:

  • Control + Command + F: This is a universal Mac shortcut that works with most applications.
  • Command + Return: This is common in Microsoft Word and other word processing applications.
  • Command + Shift + F: This shortcut is often used in web browsers like Safari and Chrome.

It’s important to note that not all applications support these keyboard shortcuts.

Using Mission Control

Mission Control is a feature on Mac that gives an overview of what’s running on your machine. You can use it to exit full-screen mode by following these steps:

  1. Swipe up with three or four fingers on your trackpad, or press the F3 button (or the Control + Up Arrow keys) on your keyboard to open Mission Control.
  2. On the Mission Control screen, you will see all your open applications. Click on the application or desktop you want to switch to.


Exiting full-screen mode on a Mac can be done in a few simple ways. Whether you’re using the Escape key, the top menu, shortcuts, or Mission Control, you can easily switch back to normal view. We hope this guide has been helpful for you!