Microsoft Changed the Full-Screen Shortcut for Apps in Windows 10

Ben Stegner 12-06-2017

Windows has a core set of keyboard shortcuts Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More that have remained the same for several versions. No matter if you’re using Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows 10, you’ll find that basic key combinations perform the same functions: Ctrl + C copies, Alt + F4 closes a window, Alt + Tab switches between open windows, etc.


But in Windows 10, there’s one longtime shortcut key that’s changed. When using Microsoft Edge or other Store apps, you might have noticed that pressing F11 doesn’t do anything. In traditional desktop apps, this key expands the window as full-screen to give you more screen estate. It hides the Taskbar and header bar so you can work in a distraction-free environment.

The good news is that Modern apps still support full-screen — you just have to use a different shortcut. Instead of F11, press Windows key + Shift + Enter to send a Store app into full-screen mode.

This is more clunky than a simple tap of F11, and we’re not sure why Microsoft changed this for Modern apps. Perhaps F11 has other functions in those apps, though it doesn’t seem to do anything in Microsoft Edge. Regardless, it’s a quick mental adjustment to start using that in certain apps, if you even use Store apps Desktop vs. Microsoft Store Apps: Which Should You Download? Should you get your Windows apps from the Microsoft Store, or use traditional desktop programs? Here are the main differences. Read More at all.

For more shortcut goodness, check out all the ways to make your own shortcuts in Windows 12+ Custom Windows Keyboard Shortcuts for the Geek in You Windows includes hundreds of keyboard shortcuts, but you can create your own shortcuts to nearly anything you'd like. Here's how to customize your Windows shortcuts. Read More .

Do you often put programs in full-screen mode? Were you confused that the F11 shortcut didn’t work in Modern apps? Let us know how you use full-screen apps in the comments!


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  1. Damian
    July 18, 2019 at 8:57 am

    That method isn't work. I have got a 6-years computer with Windows 10. I often need that feature because of big surface to working