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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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 '17 at 22:57
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    – Jim Aho
    Mar 15 '20 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
    – simongcc
    Apr 28 '20 at 12:33

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
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    – Moulick
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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


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.


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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