Full-screen modes

Overview

Did you know that for both web browsing and reading PDFs you can switch to ‘Full Screen’ mode on your desktop and laptop computers? You can also view your PowerPoint slides in ‘Reading View’. These modes remove all the extra clutter from your screen, making it easier to focus solely on the text you are trying to read. 

Adobe Reader with PDF in full-screen mode on a PC
Adobe Reader with PDF in full-screen mode on a PC

Full screen mode for web browsing (PC or Mac)

  • In any modern web browser press [F11] to turn full screen mode on or off.

Full screen mode for PDFs (PC or Mac)

  • Using Adobe Reader on a PC press [Ctrl] + [L], or select from the menu bar View > Full Screen Mode.
  • Using Adobe Reader on a Mac press [⌘] + [L], or select from the menu bar View > Full Screen Mode.
  • Using Preview on a Mac press [SHIFT] + [⌘] + [F], or select from the menu bar View > Slideshow.

Reading view for Word (PC and Mac)

  • For PC, using Word 2010, from the Ribbon (tool bar), select the View tab and then click Full Screen Reading.
  • For Mac, using Word 2011, from the menu bar, select View > Focus.

Reading view for PowerPoint (PC only)

  • Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, from the Ribbon (tool bar) select the View tab then click Reading View. This mode allows you to view the slides in a window so you can have other documents open at the same time.

Full screen on mobiles and tablets

symbole to represent full screenFor files, mobile devices and tablets automatically display in full screen mode. However, you might wish to look at text adjustments for PDFs to change the font size for PDF files.

For websites, some mobile devices, for some websites, offer ‘reading view’. This is normally indicated with a green icon near the web address bar either as a book or spectacles icon. Clicking this icon will attempt to focus in on the main text on a web page and remove extraneous clutter. The desktop version is available through extensions with your browser, see our page on advanced browser adjustments for example extensions to use with Google Chrome.

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