How to Exit Full Screen Mode in Photoshop CS5

Adobe Photoshop CS5 has a lot of different functions that you can access by pressing combinations of keys on your keyboard. You can even create your own keyboard shortcuts for tasks that you use a lot which do not already have a shortcut. But if you have ever accidentally hit some keys on your keyboard, or had a cat walk across your keyboard, then you know that sometimes keyboard shortcuts can make your programs take actions that are difficult to undo.

If your Adobe Photoshop program is stuck in full screen mode and you did not put it into that mode by choice, then you may be wondering how to exit that view. There are several different ways that you can exit a full screen mode in Photoshop, but the correct solution will depend upon which full screen mode you are in. Note that the solutions presented below were performed on the Windows version of Photoshop CS5, in Windows 7.

If you are in Full-Screen Mode with Menu Bar, then you should still be able to see the File, Edit, Image, Layer, etc. menus at the top of the screen. It probably looks something like the image below.

full screen mode with menu bar



You can exit this mode by clicking View at the top of the screen, then Screen Mode, then Standard Screen Mode.

view, screen mode, standard screen mode



Alternatively you can click the Screen Mode icon, then select the Standard Screen Mode option.

screen mode, standard screen mode



If you do not see either of these options at the top of your screen, then your Photoshop program is currently in Full Screen Mode. This means that the menu at the top of the screen is hidden. It should look something like the image below.

full screen mode



You can exit this screen mode by pressing the Esc key or the F key on your keyboard.


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