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 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.

Full screen view for Word (PC and Mac)

  • For PC, using Word 2013, press [ALT] + [V] then press [U]. Press [ESC] to exit.
  • 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 mode for Word (PC and Mac)

  • For PC, using Word 2013, from the Ribbon (tool bar), select the View tab and then click Read Mode. From the menu bar select View, then use Column Width and Page Colour according to preference.

Reading view for PowerPoint (PC only)

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

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 apps, for some websites, offer ‘simplified view’. For example, using the Google Chrome app, go to Settings, then Accessibility to turn on Simplified view for web pages which will provide a prompt for compatible websites.

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.

3 thoughts on “Full-screen modes

  1. This didn’t solve my problem. I’m reading mail on a brand new iPad. The left margin shows my mailbox es leaving only about ¾ of the screen to read an email. When I increase text size large enough for me to read, I have to move the email right and left to read each line.

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