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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With latest version of Chrome, there is the option to show the Toolbar (which includes tabs) in the View menu.

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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 does not appear to work in the latest versions of Chrome or OS X, except in conjunction with the other answer. Jul 17, 2017 at 22:57
  • This doesn't answer the question
    – Jim Aho
    Mar 15, 2020 at 8:12
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    A note to this command: it is working only if already in full screen mode. This command toggles Tabs bar in full screen mode. Just tried in Version 81.0.4044.122 (Official Build) (64-bit), Mac 10.12.6 Apr 28, 2020 at 12:33
  • Ahhh I see what happened - Shift-Cmd-F toggles tabs in fullscreen mode on and off - Ctrl-Cmd-F toggles fullscreen mode on and off
    – Peter
    Sep 30, 2022 at 16:32
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    Shift-CMD-F worked for me. Thanks for this shortcut. Mar 16 at 3:45

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


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, 2014 at 9:46
  • Flag does not exist anymore
    – Moulick
    Nov 2, 2019 at 16:29
  • as of 2021, I've found it within "Immersive Fullscreen Toolbar" flag
    – Igor
    Nov 14, 2021 at 21:05

Go to View >Enter Full Screen.

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


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.


I am dropping off the address and tabs bar with this extension:



I had the exact problem and had tried the solutions and did not work until I reset the display settings and changed the scaled size. I used the apple display monitor settings.

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