Apple OS X Lion: How to Exit Full Screen Mode

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Here’s how to easily exit full screen mode in Apple OS X Lion and how to toggle in and out of it with a handy keystroke combo. Nice..

One of the cool new features in Apple OS X Lion is its ability to put programs in full screen mode. But OS X Lion doesn’t exactly make it obvious how to get out of that mode for the apps that support it.

So here’s how to do it.

First click the maximize icon at the upper right corner of the screen.

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To exit full screen mode, just hover the mouse over the upper right corner of the screen and click the icon again.

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There’s also a handy keyboard combo for this that you can use. Hit [Command][Control][F] to toggle between full and regular screen mode.

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