Do you use FullScreen Mode often?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by KittyKatta, Apr 21, 2013.


Do you use FullScreen Mode often?

  1. Most/All of the time

    40 vote(s)
  2. Rarely

    57 vote(s)
  3. Never

    42 vote(s)
  1. KittyKatta macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    Ive been using fullscreen mode on my MacBook ever since it was announced, but after recently re-evaluating whether or not it has improved my workflow then I'm not sure if it's actually made things easier or better.

    So I'm curious how everyone else likes FullScreen Mode and also which particular apps does it work better at.
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I may have missed something, but other than gain the height of the menu bar (and lose a second monitor), I don't see the point.
  3. MisterKeeks macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
    It's good only for one App at a time (like web browsing).
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Nope. I have my dock on the right side, and then I stretch all my apps to fit the space left over. I work with multiple panels, and so most times they want to try and fit the screen too, so it's a complete nightmare.
  5. ChristianVirtual macrumors 601


    May 10, 2010
    As I have a second monitor for my iMac full-screen don't make sense the way it's implemented. There is hope Apple once correct its concept; but only very little hope. :(
  6. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I _don't want_ "full screen".

    I WANT a menu bar and the options it offers to me available, always.

    "Full screen" is for tvs -- not computers.

    My opinion only.
  7. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I think a more middle ground option would have been a better option, but I've ticked rarely...I guess I use it mainly in games on my iMac....X-Plane always runs full screen, but with 27" of real-estate, and since I often have several apps running at once, I guess rarely is about right.

    Never would probably fit the bill on my rMBP as I only ever go full screen in Doom...the only game I have on it....the rest if the time it's windows and multi-tasking.
  8. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    I do. Simple swipe for browser another for mail
  9. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    I use it rarely when browsing certain web pages. That's about it..
  10. Shrink macrumors G3


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Seldom, if ever. For my purposes, the loss of the inch at the top of the screen makes no difference.

    I can imagine situations where it would be useful for others...but losing the menu and tool bar is a pain when I need to use them.
  11. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Very rarely do I use it. About the only time I do is when I really want to focus on what I'm doing or for whatever reason I need to see more on the screen. That doesn't happen often for me.

    It's nice when I need it though.
  12. bdrake47 macrumors regular

    Jul 28, 2012
    Use it almost all the time for Mail, Safari, and iTunes. Keeps them all a swipe away, and then another desktop or two open for what I'm working on.
  13. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    I like full screen for video/photo editing to eliminate distraction/desktop light.
    Otherwise, not much use for it.
  14. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    Where's the option for "Only specific Apps"...?

    I've only used fullscreen for iTunes... the rest I find them useless...

    It's good that iTunes 11 can also support fullscreen on Snow Leopard, it stays fullscreen all the way despite switching from internal display to external display of different resolutions.
  15. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I use it a lot. I find I actually focus on the task better when I make it full screen.
  16. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Hmm it is a vag question because when i am using may macbook i use full screen all the time, but for iMac i rarely use it. So it depends, for 13" or 15" you maybe use the full screen very often but for over 19" i think you don't need
  17. WSR macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2011
    First, I didn't vote in the poll since I'm using Snow Leopard, and the Full-Screen mode that most app's use in Snow Leopard is different than ML's official implementation.

    If I did have ML, I don't think I would use it.
    1) Since ML's Full-Screen mode creates it's own Desktop, going to Full-Screen mode would mess up the order of the Desktops. One of the reasons I'm still with SL is that I prefer the fixed grid of Spaces in SL. So that I don't have to hunt where a usually open app is. I know that Itunes is alway in the top right Space in a 3X3 grid.

    2) Also I have 2 monitors, and using ML's Full-Screen mode kills the 2nd monitor. One of my main uses of Full-Screen mode in SL is having a video player on my 2nd monitor in Full-Screen mode. In SL, and from what I hear a few video players that don't use ML's official Full-Screen mode, this leaves the first monitor with the menu and free to do other things.
  18. dacoolest macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2011
    I'm comfortable with the way of the applications windows in the mac os. I prefer fullscreen only when the app plays a video or something. Other than that, i always prefer normal windows.
  19. KittyKatta thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    I dont think its about reclaiming that menu bar area, but more about making it "feel" more iOS like by showing you one app at a time. And if thats the case, I dont get it either because I feel the whole "single-tasking" iOS approach has already become outdated and even on an iPad I'm wanting multiple visible apps (or at least a sidebar thing like Windows 8).

    Im not bashing fullscreen because I do like it on RSS readers or iTunes where I dont have to interact with the finder or other apps. But with Mail or web browsers I find it a bit awkward to drag links or files in or out of the program. And my biggest peave is that the place FullScreen makes the most sense is Aperture/iPhoto, but when you use FullScreen it completely changes the interface and hides important controls.

    Anyway, im still tweaking my workflow but the more I think about it the less I feel that FullScreen fits my computer habits. Maybe next revision will add more visible features to make it more appealing.
  20. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2012
    /home @
    I use it rarely. This is probably because it's relatively new to me, so that I forget it's there. Maybe I would get more things done if I used it more often?
  21. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Never had it in Snow Leopard, don't need it now, especially Apple's implementation of Full Screen. Multiple monitors don't handle it properly. Seems like a lot of hoopla just to hide a menubar. Other 3rd party apps don't seem to have this problem.
  22. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Very rarely. I missed it back in System 7 (because I was used to Windows at the time) but that was so long ago that I don't even consider it now. I also tend to not run everything maximised on Windows anymore either.
  23. mentaluproar macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2010
    Ohio, USA
    when you swipe between multiple desktops regularly, full screen mode is great. I keep itunes and calendar on full screen, school papers and documents on a desktop, and research on another.

    Fullscreen mode makes mission control SO useful. Some apps change their entire layout when in fulscreen mode to, so it does more than just hide the menu bar.
  24. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    What does running apps in Full Screen have to do with using multiple desktops? You can simply avoid full screen and put each app in its own desktop. :confused:

    Yet another testimonial from somebody who never uses external monitors. (And most likely, has never used "Spaces" in previous versions of OSX.

    Not the ones I use. Safari, iTunes, Mail... ironically, Apple apps.
  25. KittyKatta thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 24, 2011
    Probably not. The more I think about it, FullScreen Mode seems to be a solution to a problem that nobody actually had. :p

    Were people really having problems with focusing on a program because they can see another program is hiding behind the window? Was there really an outcry for the multitasking personal computer to look like a single tasking tablet? Is seeing the clock really hurting productivity?

    Sure, people now claim that FullScreen mode increases their productivity but I highly doubt these people would be unproductive if it never existed. I kinda view it like the hype behind Disney's Cars Land. Nobody EVER said they wanted to visit Radiator Springs but now that it exists then suddenly people act as if it's what they always wanted. (But in reality we just want a Star Wars or Marvel based land.) :D

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