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I've opened fullscreen mode in Internet Explorer or Chrome on the Desktop. How do I exit out of it again?

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If you have a USB keyboard

Simply press F11.

If you have a touch or type cover

Pressing Fn + Page Up is the equivalent for F11.

If you have no keyboard

Press and hold (your finger) anywhere within the page to reveal the context menu. This pops open the top navigation elements as well and allows you to exit fullscreen mode.

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How do you make names of keyboard keys display inside boxes? I like that. –  Austin ''Danger'' Powers Feb 28 '13 at 0:51
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@Dan: Use the <kbd> tag (as in, "<kbd>Key Name</kbd>"). Also see here. You can always edit a question/answer to take a look at the code, but be sure not to save to prevent inadvertent editing. –  Karan Feb 28 '13 at 1:16
    
Press and hold works for IE but in Chrome it doesn't show the menu so doesn't help. In Chrome, drag a finger to the top of the screen to show the exit popup. –  Tamlyn Nov 25 at 15:11

Drag your finger to the upper right corner and an exit full screen (F11) will appear for you to click on.

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As a workaround, try starting browsing from a File Manager view. Just type something in the address bar to replace "My Documents" with like http://www.google.com and hit enter. IE will take over the window in normal mode.

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The problem is that different apps act differently, and the behavior is state dependent.

I posted my findings here; How do I exit a Modern UI app? windows 8 - How do I exit a Modern UI app? - Super User

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In windows 8, if you are using the Internet explorer tile, you will have to either use the windows button or drag your mouse into the bottom or top left corners of the screen to reveal the application switcher or home screen.

You may also try just switching to another application if you want to keep it open by pressing alt+tab.

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