How to Disable Full-Screen Mode in Microsoft Edge

Wondering how to disable full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge on your PC?

As the name suggests, the full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge hides tabs, address bar, and favorite bar, so that you can view the entire web page in full screen. This mode does not display any controls and allows you to see only the content of the website you are searching for on the entire screen of your computer.

With Microsoft Edge full-screen mode, you get a different experience than with Microsoft Edge Maximized mode. When you are on the full-screen web page in Microsoft Edge, no page controls are visible, but when you are in maximize mode, page controls are visible.

In this guide, we will walk you through the ways of disabling the full-screen mode in Microsoft edge in detail. All the methods are easy to execute, and should not take much of your time.

Let’s get started!

1. Use Registry Editor.

Windows Registry is a database that stores low-level information about operating system processes and applications. This information is stored in the form of keys, and Windows refers to it while performing relevant operations.

In this method, we will be modifying the Edge key to make our desired changes. Make sure, however, that you are logged into Windows as an administrator before proceeding with the method mentioned below.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box.
  2. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type regedit and hit Enter to launch Windows Registry.
  1. Once you are inside the Registry Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below.
  1. If you cannot locate the Edge key, right-click on the Microsoft key and select the New > Key option.
  2. Rename this key as Edge.
  3. Double-click on the Edge key and right-click anywhere in the right pane.
  4. Select the New > DWORD (32-bit) Value option and rename this value as FullscreenAllowed.
  5. Double-click on FullscreenAllowed and under Value data, type 0.
  1. Hit Enter and restart your PC.

This should disable the full-screen mode on Microsoft Edge without any issues.

2. Try Using CleanMyPC.

There is a possibility that your system is infected if you cannot execute any of the methods described in this guide. Prior to troubleshooting, it would be best if you clear the junk files.

Using a professional PC cleaner can help you remove computer clutter. One recommendation we have is CleanMyPC.

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In addition to removing junk files, CleanMyPC has a range of tools that can address other PC problems. After you install the tool and run an initial scan, the tool will automatically find and fix problems without your input.

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3. Use the Group Policy Editor.

Another easy way of disabling full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge is by using the Group Policy Editor. 

Like Windows Registry, Group Policy Editor (GPE) enables users to customize the behavior of their operating systems from an administrative standpoint. GPE stores information in the form of policies, which can be modified to make the desired changes.

Here is how you can use the GPE to disable full-screen mode:

  1. Visit Microsoft’s official website
  2. Scroll down the window and select the version details of your Microsoft Edge. 
  3. Click the GET POLICY FILES button to download the policy files.
  1. Once the download is complete, extract the downloaded file and then open the folder. 
  2. In the folder, navigate to the location mentioned below.
  1. Copy the msedge.admx and msedge.adml files and paste them in the C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions folder.
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  1. Once you have pasted the files, restart your PC. 
  2. Upon reboot, press Windows + R keys simultaneously on your keyboard to open a Run dialogue box.
  3. Inside the text field of the dialogue box, type gpedit and hit Enter to launch Group Policy Editor.
  1. Once you are inside the Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location mentioned below.
Computer Configuration\ Administrative Templates\ Microsoft Edge
  1. Locate and double-click on Allow full-screen mode and select Disabled or Not Configured
  1. Hit Apply to save the changes.

As simple as that!

This brings us to the end of our guide on ways to disable full-screen mode in Microsoft Edge on your PC. We tried walking you through all the steps in detail and hope that one of the methods mentioned in this post did the trick for you. In case you still have any confusion about the steps, please let us know in the comment section below!

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  • Zainab Falak

    Zainab Falak is a staff writer for Saint and an expert in Microsoft Windows, having authored more than 200 posts. She has a Bachelors in Actuarial Sciences and her passion for computers extends to exploring various aspects, from UI customization to the Windows registry and exploring error codes. Twitter LinkedIn

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