Firefox can do it, can Chrome?

Here's what I'm looking for:

Firefox - always show the tabs in fullscreen mode

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    It appears to be true that the function you seek isn't supported, but maximizing in Google Chrome is so tight to screen boarders that if you're showing tabs maximized that would seem to be the same effect you're seeking. Did i miss something in your explanation?
    – Hardryv
    Sep 5, 2010 at 0:09
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    Sorry, can't find an extension for this... By the way, tip: CTRL+TAB ;-) Sep 5, 2010 at 1:00
  • I want tabs but I want to utilize as much screen space as possible on my laptop. Full screen hides the taskbar and nav bar for that extra bit of space.
    – snitzr
    Sep 5, 2010 at 1:04
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    Autohiding the taskbar isn't enough?
    – digitxp
    Sep 5, 2010 at 2:22
  • I'd prefer not to autohide, but that is an option.
    – snitzr
    Sep 8, 2010 at 13:36

7 Answers 7


I'm using Google Chrome (Version 22.0.1229.79) and fullscreen mode still shows the tabs!

You can toggle fullscreen mode using:

  • mac: Shift + Cmd + F
    • or FN + F
    • or you can do it manually by going to the menu and choosing View | Enter Full screen
  • windows: F11

and you can toggle the bookmarks bar using:

  • mac: Shift + Cmd + B
  • windows: Shift + Ctrl + B

Which gives you lots more space!

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    This is the correct answer and should be the one accepted. Tested on Version 56.0.2924.87 (64-bit) Mar 21, 2017 at 16:48
  • what about windows/linux
    – Rivenfall
    Jul 29, 2021 at 8:36
  • updated, hopefully correct, as I'm on mac.
    – Brad Parks
    Jul 29, 2021 at 11:41
  • That solution won't work on Linux, where the only way to go full screen is via F11. The tabs and the omnibox will then be hidden (tested on Chrome 109.0.5414.74).
    – aspretto
    Jan 19 at 9:38
  • This doesn't work anymore - is it just me? Or did Google take away this feature? Nov 5 at 16:00

Try Ctrl+Cmd+F.

That exits presentation mode and (I think) solves your problem.

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    This didn't work in Chrome 26 on OS X 10.8. Cmd-Shift-F is now bound to "Exit Presentation Mode" (see the "View" menu). I note that exiting leaves fullscreen as well. Exiting, then re-entering Fullscreen mode does restore the tabs and address bar as expected. Apr 18, 2013 at 22:38
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    No this isnt the answer to the question asked. The question asked for tabs AND fullscreen, which is what i came here to find so i can flip between my chrome windows with the 4 finger swipe motion. Exiting fullscreen takes away that convenience Jul 29, 2016 at 16:08
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    View -> Always Show toolbar in full screen. Dec 16, 2017 at 10:20
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    Doesn't work in Chrome on Linux.
    – Alexander
    Jan 26, 2018 at 11:02
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    Any solution for Chrome linux? Jul 22, 2020 at 13:14

The most recent version is go to "View" and activate

Always Show Toolbar in Full Screen

It says Shift+Command+F also works, but that didn't work for my computer.


The extension Fullscreen address bar does:

Address bar for fullscreen mode : Use F6 key or move mouse to top screen.
Tab list : Use ctrl key and top/down arrows


  • Didn't work immediately on Ubuntu, but works if you restart and open new tabs.
    – Ross
    Apr 21, 2011 at 9:15
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    I've accepted this as the best answer, but I am concerned. Why does the extension need to access "Your data on all websites...browsing history... bookmarks"?
    – snitzr
    Jun 1, 2011 at 1:28
  • It only needs them if it intends to display them as choices when one types-in a partial URL. Even if it does not, this may be for "future use".
    – harrymc
    Jun 1, 2011 at 13:09
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    Maybe, but there is no way to know. For the record, there is no review on Google's site. Existing on a Google hosted server does not make an extension legit. If you post an extension, it shows up right away. Caveat emptor.
    – snitzr
    Nov 30, 2011 at 21:24
  • This extension now has many reviews and appears safe, but I can't get it to work. On this other hand, the extension Fullscreen Address Bar has only a few reviews but works for me: chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/fullscreen-address-bar/… Mar 30, 2014 at 20:39

I just toggle the bookmarks bar on and off (ctrl-shift-B) when I need a little bit more space, but not so much more that I use fullscreen mode. There's no way to toggle the address bar as well.

Ctrl-tab still works when you're in fullscreen mode, so this is good enough for me.


You can toggle tabs upwards and backward also using Ctrl + Pg Up or Pg Dn.

  • good to know when we only want to switch between 2 tabs close together
    – Rivenfall
    Jul 29, 2021 at 8:41

Relaunch Chrome in Windows 8 mode. Than right click on task bar (shelf) at the bottom, enable auto-hide

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