Many novice users of Apple’s operating system, macOS, are faced with the problem that they have somehow entered full-screen mode and cannot get out of it. If in older operating systems it was possible to move the mouse to the upper right corner (towards the clock), then a button with arrows appeared when clicking on which the program exited full-screen mode.

How to Exit Full Screen Mode on Mac?

But how to exit full screen mode on Mac nowadays? About this small trick, I will tell you in my article.

Read more: Tricks with Window Full-Screen Mode in macOS

Exit Full Screen on Mac

That in the new operating systems of this button is not. It was logical to see the opportunity to exit this mode in the “window” tab in the top menu. But no, and there is no this item. On Mac, these buttons are traditionally located in the upper left corner of the program window. Clicking on the green window scaling button in applications that do not support macOS full-screen mode will result in the window simply increasing to the maximum size.

Accordingly, a natural question arises how to get out of this mode. And the answer will be easier than it is:

  • Just press the Esc button on the keyboard;
  • The second way is to move your mouse cursor at the top of the screen and press the green button which is located in the upper left corner of the screen.
How to Exit Full Screen Mode on Mac?


Lastly, it is worthwhile to add only a remark about how to re-enter the full-screen mode of the application, just press the same button.

That’s all, but if you have any questions or suggestions – write in the comments, I will be happy to help.


Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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