FIX: Google Chrome full screen mode not working

Ivan Jenic
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  • Chrome is one of the most used web browsers on the market, but even the most popular browsers suffer from errors.
  • Regarding Chrome errors many users reported that full screen mode isn’t working for them in Chrome.
  • To fix this problem, try disabling hardware acceleration or reset Chrome settings to the default.
  • Are you having additional problems with Chrome? If so, we advise you to check our Chrome hub, for more helpful guides.
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Google Chrome is the most-used browser in the world with more than 50% of the market share. It’s present on all devices you could imagine and excels in a lot of features.

However, Chrome is not perfect. One of the most reported issues is related to playback and video streaming. Namely, it seems that Google Chrome Full Screen mode is not working for some Windows 10 users.

This especially goes for YouTube videos. Additionally, it may open windows that are not filling the full screen. For that purpose, we prepared a few workarounds that should help you resolve these and similar issues.

What can I do if full screen isn’t working on Google Chrome?

  1. Enable Flash
  2. Disable Hardware Acceleration
  3. Reset Chrome settings
  4. Update/Reinstall Chrome
  5. Change Display scaling settings
  6. Switch back to the default theme
  7. Make sure that Chrome isn’t maximized
  8. Consider using Beta or Canary version
  9. Duplicate the open tab
  10. Consider switching to a different browser

Google Chrome is one of the best browsers on the market, however, it has its share of issues, and many users reported that full screen mode doesn’t actually fill the screen.

Speaking of Chrome issues, here are some similar problems that users reported:

  • Google Chrome full screen fill not full – Many users reported that full screen doesn’t fill the screen in Google Chrome. This can be a major problem for some users, but you can fix the issue by switching to the default theme in Chrome.
  • Google Chrome full screen not working – If full screen mode isn’t working in Chrome, the issue might be your scaling settings. Simply adjust them and check if that solves the problem.
  • Google Chrome full screen glitch – If you’re experiencing glitches in full screen mode, that might be because your browser is out of date. To fix it, install the latest version or switch to the Beta/Canary version and check if that solves the problem.

1. Enable Flash

  1. Click on the 3-dot icon and open Settings.
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  2. Open the Settings tab on the left side.
  3. Click on Show Advanced Settings.
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  4. Under Privacy, open Content settings.
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  5. Scroll down until you reach Flash.
  6. Click on Ask first before allowing sites to run Flash.
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  7. Exit and restart Chrome.
  8. Try out any video.

2. Disable Hardware acceleration

  1. Open the Settings tab.
  2. Click on Show Advanced Settings.
  3. Under System, uncheck the Hardware Acceleration box.
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  4. Restart Chrome and check for changes with the Full screen feature.

Disabling hardware acceleration might cause high CPU usage. We got your back with the best software you can get.


3. Reset Chrome settings

  1. Open the Settings tab.
  2. Select Show Advanced Settings.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Reset Settings.
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  4. After the procedure is finished, restart your browser.

With this workaround, many users succeeded to resolve the issues with full screen.


4. Update/reinstall Chrome

To update Chrome, follow these instructions:

  1. Click on the 3-dot icon and open Settings.
  2. Click Help>About on the left side.
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  3. This will start an automatic check for updates and download them accordingly.

If you have the syncing feature enabled, your browsing history and bookmarks will be stored in the cloud, so there’s no need to backup anything manually.

Bear in mind that Chrome can leave certain leftover files, so you’ll need to find and remove them manually. You can find these files in the following directories:

    • C:\Users\<YourUserName>\AppData\Local\Google Chrome
    • C:\Program Files\Google Chrome

On the other hand, if you want to be sure that all leftover files and registry entries are removed, you might want to use uninstaller software to remove Chrome.

There are many great uninstaller applications on the market, but one of the best is IOBit Uninstaller (free download), so be sure to try it out.

Once you remove Chrome using this application, install it again by following our Chrome installation guide.


5. Change Display scaling settings

  1. Right-click Chrome shortcut and choose Properties from the menu.
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  2. Go to Compatibility tab and check Disable display scaling on high DPI settings.
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  3. After doing that, click Apply and OK to save changes.

After doing that, try to start Google Chrome again and check if the issue is still there.


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