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    How do I get into true full screen mode?
    Windows - f8 gets to true, edge-to-edge full screen with no borders (say, viewing pics). "Fullscreen" with my iMac still leaves the Bookmarks, Address and Tab bars. So before I give up and go back to Windows (j/k...), is it possible?

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    You didn't mention what you are using to view your photo's. If you are using IPhoto, then up in the right hand corner of the screen, just bellow the Desktop toolbar there are two grey arrows. Click the one pointing up and it will take the border out to full screen. Then to get the desktop tool bar back again just push the mouse arrow up to the right hand corner of the screen and you will see two red arrows. Click on the down arrow and your toolbar will return. HTH.
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    In the top right corner of the window, there should be what looks like two arrows pointing away from each other. Click that to go to full screen. While in full screen you can swipe left or right across your Magic Mouse to switch between your desktop(s) and your full screen apps.

    To exit full screen mode, move the mouse pointer towards the top of the screen to get the menu bar back. The same double arrow symbol will be in the top right corner highlighted in blue.

    The shortcut key to toggle full screen mode is Control-Command-F.

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    Well, I guess I can only dream. Seems an app is required.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    Well, I guess I can only dream. Seems an app is required.

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    CR, thanks, but that dosen't cut it. Only the top bar is removed.


    Edit, not iPhoto, but any situation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    CR, thanks, but that dosen't cut it. Only the top bar is removed.


    Edit, not iPhoto, but any situation.
    You never said which application you are trying to get into full screen. Not all applications can do full screen.
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    It's not "one screen fits all" so to speak.

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    ALRIGHT, I figured it out, purely by accident.

    View > Presentation Mode, goes to true edge-to-edge full screen (Command + Shift + F).
    So in Mac-speak fullscreen is called "presentation." Completely nonsensical.

    Caution: Don't go to full screen mode (click the double arrow thingamabob, upper right) and then go to Presentation. If you do, you will be stuck in Presentation (no option to see View).
    You'll have to open a new window to be able to get out of Full.

    Incredibly poor design and ridiculously unnecessarily complicated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    Incredibly poor design and ridiculously unnecessarily complicated.
    Maybe. Of course it only seems "Incredibly poor design and ridiculously unnecessarily complicated"...because you didn't know how to do it. Now that you know how to do it...it's easy!

    Things we don't know how to do almost always seem complicated...until we know how to do them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    Windows - f8 gets to true, edge-to-edge full screen with no borders (say, viewing pics). "Fullscreen" with my iMac still leaves the Bookmarks, Address and Tab bars. So before I give up and go back to Windows (j/k...), is it possible?
    Just curious . . . but where in Windows does F8 go full screen? It has presentation mode (since Vista) in the mobility options, but even that isn't function key activated.

    It's F11 in a browser but I'm unaware of a function key that makes anything, system wide, go full screen in Windows. Would be happy if there was.... but it's not F8
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    ^ Yes, I was entirely wrong. In Windows 7 and Windows XP, click the F11 key at the top of your keyboard.
    Vista I assume is the same way. Windows 8, hopefully it's still as straight forward.

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    That's only in a web browser. It's not system-wide
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    View > Presentation Mode, goes to true edge-to-edge full screen (Command + Shift + F).
    So in Mac-speak fullscreen is called "presentation." Completely nonsensical. [...] Incredibly poor design and ridiculously unnecessarily complicated.
    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    That's only in a web browser. It's not system-wide
    Exactly - presentation mode is a feature of Chrome, nothing else (or at least as far as I can tell). If someone is to blame for the operation, it's Google, not Apple.

    Quote Originally Posted by dotdotdot View Post
    Caution: Don't go to full screen mode (click the double arrow thingamabob, upper right) and then go to Presentation. If you do, you will be stuck in Presentation (no option to see View).
    You'll have to open a new window to be able to get out of Full.
    Moving your mouse to the top edge of the screen, regardless of "mode" will reveal the menubar.
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