OSX 10.7 Lion introduced a feature called Full Screen mode. When this mode is activated, the current Application stretches to fill the full height of the screen and the Toolbar and Dock are hidden.
It’s very easy to turn on accidentally. If you’re new to the Mac, this may induce a panic attack.
Here’s how to regain control:
- In the top right-hand corner of all Apple Applications there is a double-arrow icon. Click this arrow to enter Full-Screen mode.
- Drag the cursor to the very bottom of the screen to access the Dock. After a moment, the Dock pops up.
- Drag the cursor to the very top of the screen to access the Toolbar.
- On the right-hand corner of the Toolbar you will see a double-arrow icon inside a blu square. Click this icon to exit Full-Screen mode.
This mode works well in programs like iPhoto where you may want to take advantage of every inch of your screen.
Now that you know how it works, you get to make that choice.
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