Full screen Applications – OS X Lion

One of OS X Lion’s most raved about features is the ability to switch (certain) applications into their very own ‘virtual desktop’ full screen environment. Even OS X Lion’s terminal application contains the required arrows in the top tight hand corner. Hitting the arrows will switch the application or terminal in this case, into it’s own ‘full screen’ virtual desktop.

This enables complete, uninterrupted use of the application.


If however, the app you want to run in full screen does not sport the double ended arrow then you can download and use Maximizer this nifty little app uses SIMBL to force unsupported app’s into touch!

Not sure what you would use full screen for? Well how about… Full screening Safari, then hitting the ‘full screen’ button in your word press post editor for a truly uninterrupted typing experience!

To switch back to your other apps, you can either use ‘cmd’ & Tab or ‘ctrl’ & arrow keys.

To exit a full screen, either hit the double headed arrow again, or press ‘ctrl’ & ‘cmd’ & f in the full screen view. This will return your full screen app to it’s normal sized window version.

Do you use Full Screen for something else? Or do you hate it with a passion? Let me know in the comments below!


Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a Lead Cyber Security Analyst living and working in Kingston Upon Hull. With extensive experience in Microsoft and Apple technologies, ranging from desktop OS’s to Server OS’s and hardware. By day working as part of an infrastructure team, and by night ridding the world of IT issues through blog posts..

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