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How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

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How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

After I click View/Full Screen on the Firefox menu bar, I lose the main FF Menu bar. When I hit the esc key, the screen remains locked in full screen view mode. Then I have to reboot my computer to get back to the default FF menu and display mode.

Why doesn't the esc key work the way it works when I'm viewing videos in full screen mode?

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Pointing the mouse at the top of the screen should reveal a tool bar. On the right end there is a button to return to the normal view

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Thank you. Yes, this procedure did solve the problem, but I still prefer the standard of hitting the esc key to get back my toolbars and default viewing screen that most full screen video on demand websites provide.

Firefox's solution is novel, inefficient and not very intuitive, especially after positioning the mouse in a unique location to find that tiny righthand corner button to get back to my default viewing screen. Esoteric and not very user friendly.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Push F11

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Doesn't work.

My MacBookPro F11 key on a Mac Leopard system decreases volume control. That key has nothing to do with screen display functions.

I still have to reboot my computer to get back to regular menu controls and screen displays after clicking FF menu View/Full Screen Display.

Just noticed that the F3 key will display the Apple dock controls which allows me to shut down Firefox and re-launch it to get back to the default screen display.

By following this procedure, I don't have to re-boot my computer to get to essential controls.

I hope Mozilla fixes this so the esc key will restore the default screen display.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Doesn't work.

My MacBookPro F11 key on a Mac Leopard system decreases volume control. That key has nothing to do with screen display functions.

I still have to reboot my computer to get back to regular menu controls and screen displays after clicking FF menu View/Full Screen Display.

Just noticed that the F3 key will display the Apple dock controls which allows me to shut down Firefox and re-launch it to get back to the default screen display.

By following this procedure, I don't have to re-boot my computer to get to essential controls.

I hope Mozilla fixes this so the esc key will restore the default screen display.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Try Fn + F11

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

That key combination displays my desktop, but I still have to close and re-open Firefox to get the Firefox default screen back.

Still think Firefox should change their browser so the esc key will send me back to the regular default Firefox screen.

When I play full screen videos the esc key allows me to escape back to the previous display or default screen.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

CMD + Shift + F on Mac

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

Thank you for your response. Sorry I'm not entertaining this as a good solution. I'm technologically challenged to remember complex key combinations to do basic functions.

I continue to wonder why Firefox doesn't fix this so the esc key does the job like the industry standard in shifting back from a full screen display to a basic control screen.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

I don't know why it is so difficult to exit fullscreen mode on mac.

On Windows it's F11 -> good for me.

But Escape is not the best solution, because ever since Escape is the button to stop a loading page.

Will try to find out more.

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Re: How do I get back to default screen display after clicking View/Full Screen Display?

I hope Mozilla gives you more direct support in resolving this matter.

Good luck!