How to enable full screen on Microsoft Edge? [Quick Guide]

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  • You can enable full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge to better focus on what you are browsing.
  • If you don't know how to do this, simply follow this extremely simple guide.
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MS Edge full-screen mode

Fullscreen mode is a feature that most browsers have nowadays, and it allows you better immersiveness into whatever it is you were doing, such as watching YouTube videos, or concentrating on work when using the browser.

Of course, how you access full-screen mode varies from browser to browser, with some browsers requiring a simple click of a button, while others need a combination of keys to work.

With that in mind, we will be looking over how you can toggle Microsoft Edge’s full-screen mode, so that you can enjoy using it distraction-free, with 100% of your focus directed at it.

The reason we chose Microsoft Edge is that it has a long history oh changes and overhauls, transforming from a simple Internet Explorer descendent to changing its architecture altogether, adopting the new Chromium-based build instead.

That being the case, any possible combinations or key-strokes you may have known in the may no longer apply now.

How do I enable full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge?

Use your keyboard

  1. Open Microsoft Edge
  2. Press F11
    • You can toggle back to normal mode by pressing F11 again

How do I fix Microsoft Edge if the full-screen mode doesn’t work?

1. Consider using a  different browser

As mentioned above, all browsers have a full-screen mode. So, if you can’t manage to make it work in Microsoft Edge, then maybe you should switch to a different browser.

If Chromium-based browsers are your thing, and you like modern looks and low-resource consumption, then Opera is the best choice for you.

It has all the tools Edge does, and more, including a  built-in VPN, and a far bigger extension library.

To enable full-screen mode in Opera, simply open a new tab, and press F11 as well.

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2. Reset Microsoft Edge

  1. Open Microsoft Edge
  2. Press the three-dotted line at the top-right of the screen
  3. Go to Settings
  4. Select Reset Settings, and then choose Reset
  5. Confirm your decision, and then restart your PC.

3. Reinstall Microsoft Edge

  1. Press Start
  2. Type in Edge, and select the Microsoft Edge icon when it appears
  3. Right-click the icon, and select Uninstall
  4. Go to Microsoft Edge’s webpage, download the client and install it again.

By following these methods, you should now be able to enable full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge without any further issues.

Let us know what solution you used by leaving us your feedback in the comments section below.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2017 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • There is a quicker way to get fullscreen. Press Win+Shift+Enter Edge programmers forgot to add that button. Guess you all know it but now everybody knows.