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?


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

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    This answer is the most accurate as of July 2017. – George Cummins Jul 17 '17 at 22:56
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    This answer is the most accurate as of September 2018. – Máxima Alekz Sep 5 '18 at 15:16
  • Still accurate as January 2019. Also it seems when this option is enabled moving the window across screens doesn't work, but maybe it's only on my setup – Jacopofar Jan 10 '19 at 11:15
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    Still accurate July 2019, this should be marked as the answer. – Andrew Jul 15 '19 at 13:13
  • Interest factoid: Fullscreen video ignores this setting. I didn't test on multiple platforms like YouTube, etc. But on Udemy, for example, tabs are not displayed in fullscreen. Oh well. – Mike S. Dec 1 '19 at 16:48

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. – George Cummins Jul 17 '17 at 22:57

As of macOS Sierra 10.12, you can toggle the Toolbar (Tabs) if you go to View -> Always show toolbar in fullscreen, and the shortcut is Shift + Command + F


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 '14 at 9:46
  • Flag does not exist anymore – Moulick Nov 2 '19 at 16:29

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.


Go to View >Enter Full Screen.

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


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)

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