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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode System 10.7
I got sick of running my cursor up to the top of the screen to see my battery life, the time, etc., and I realized that there is a simple way to display the menu bar when in full screen mode. Just invoke the Spotlight keyboard shortcut, which by default is Command-Space. Use that key combination once to show the menu bar, then again to hide it.

[kirkmc adds: Nice. I don't really get full screen mode, but the times I have used it, I've been confronted with that problem, especially wanting to see the time.]
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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: Eelco Vriezekolk on Jun 01, '12 10:41:41AM

Useful hint, but doesn't work for full-screen Screen Sharing. There, the Cmd-space is passed to the remote Mac, not to the local Mac.



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: michelle_eris on Jun 01, '12 12:54:21PM

This depends on how keyboard shortcuts is set up. Command-space is also the default for "Select the previous input source".



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: stewarsh on Jun 01, '12 04:17:09PM

I would like the opposite...a way to delay the menu from coming down.

I often run VMs in Full-Screen mode across multiple screens but when I go to the top to hit a menu sometimes the Mac Menu pops down. This is very annoying with a maximized Windows window because I often hit the "full screen" button by accident causing everything to resize.



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: cmdawson on Jun 03, '12 03:07:48AM

I agree this is a big issue when using parallels in full screen mode. I really like full screen mode with parallels since it gives me a quick way to have a windows machine in a separate space.

However two issues make this a pain:
1- the above issue which makes you accidentally drop out of full screen mode whenever trying to close a window within windows. The X close button is located in the exact same position as the hidden "leave full screen mode" arrows.
2- full screen mode doesn't work logically with multiple displays. It should work as a continuous line of screens scrolling across the displays but in fact spaces forces you to choose between one display set versus the other.



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: mike666 on Jun 01, '12 09:26:40PM

Ctrl-F2 will also show the menubar - without the Spotlight pulldown - as long as you have your F-keys enabled as F-keys and not brightness, volume, etc.



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: mmnw on Jun 01, '12 10:09:44PM

Even if you don't have the F-keys enabled, on most mac keyboards the fn-key is located right besides the ctrl key, so it's an easy 3 finger key-comibination: fn-ctrl-f2.
I'm not sure what is the easier way. Sometimes spotlight has a little delay on my laptop, don't know why. So this one might be better.



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: diorite on Jun 05, '12 10:26:21AM

I don't understand the need for this hint. I leave full screen mode in Apple applications using the escape key. Does that not work for everyone?



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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: rychdom on Jun 05, '12 12:29:11PM
This is about getting a peek at the menu bar without leaving full screen mode.

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Easily toggle the menu bar in full screen mode
Authored by: Lance666 on Jul 03, '13 11:35:13PM

This hint is worth a nickle. Tell us a hack to completely stop hiding the menu bar at all in full-screen, and THAT would be worth ten bucks. If you wanted to monitor temp, CPU usage, time, etc, from applets in the menu bar, you cannot do that while actively using Safari in full-screen. The fix we all want is like Windows, where the "Task Bar" has its own hide setting completely independent of any apps full-screen option.

Uh... what's with requiring third-party cookies to post here? Are you guys unaware that most people DO NOT WANT TO ENABLE third-party cookies????



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