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I would really like to use Chrome on my new 2013 Macbook Air with tabs, but without the menu bar. So, I use full-screen mode, but it hides the tabs. Is what I want possible? And, if so, how can I get it to work that way?

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I works fine (it shows the tabs) on my Chrome Version 27.0.1453.116 on OS X 10.8.4 MBA. –  Buscar웃 Jun 25 '13 at 1:53
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Shift-CMD-F is for presentation mode and will hide the tabs. You want full screen mode instead, so use Control-CMD-F. Tabs will show in full screen mode.

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This is an issue with the viewing mode. Here's another article that describes the behavior in further detail.

Presentation Mode Full-screen without tabs.

Full-screen Mode Full-screen with tabs.

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chrome://flags, look for "Enables simplified fullscreen", make sure you set it to disabled.

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Might want to add to be very certain of the actions you perform on this page. –  Rob Feb 19 at 9:46
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It sounds like you’re trying to enter Full Screen Mode with Command+Shift+F. Like what others have mentioned, you have to use Shift+Command+F to enter Full Screen Mode (with tabs available) instead of Presentation Mode where tabs are hidden.

But if you want to use Command+Shift+F for Full Screen mode, open Keyboard Preferences and change Presentation Mode shortcut to other key combination, eg. Option+Shift+F. Here is the screenshot for the explanation above. (Ignore the All Applications configurations; just take a look at Google Chrome shortcuts assignments)

Google Chrome Shortcut Overridden

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Go to View >Enter Full Screen.

To hide the tabs again, go to View > Enter Presentation Mode.

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