How to exit the Full Screen Mode of Google Chrome in OS X Lion

One of the new features of OS X Lion (10.7) is Full Screen Apps. This has always been a feature of the web browser Google Chrome, but now with the inclusion of the “full screen” button, the ability to exit full-screen mode doesn’t work by just hitting the escape key – as it does with other OS X Full Screen Apps (Safari, Mail, iPhoto etc).

Below you’ll see an image of the new “full screen” button included in Google Chrome.

google chrome full screen button in os x lion

If you use this button to make Google Chrome go into Full Screen Mode, hit the keyboard combination command + shift + f to exit Full Screen Mode.

At some point I suspect the folks at Google will add the “escape key” feature to exit Full Screen, but for the time being – the above keyboard shortcut will do the trick.

  • Jon

    Thanks!!! this saved me from pulling out ALL my hair.

  • Nyaa

    Thank you!!
    I am astonished at how searching google solves something in just minutes.. just…became crazy for some second trying different trackpad solutions and the Esc botton to no avail

  • Nyaa

    sh** forgot “seconds” I must learn to read before posting. So annoying

  • Parag

    Thanks…..Helped me out as well…

  • Lokesh

    Internet is charm but not the technology! thanks a ton

  • Tony


  • zerbod

    thanks for the post. love the user testing corps put in before release =]

  • Alex Kasperavicius

    Why not just leave the icon there and click it again?