How to Full-Screen Adobe Lightroom

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Short answer? It’s shift+f to toggle through the three different modes.

If you’re here, it’s because you simply want to know how to use Lightroom in full-screen mode. Inexplicably, virtually every answer on the web shows you only how to full screen a single photo. Which is not hard to do (just press ‘f’).

But using full-screen for the application works wonderfully, and is my preferred way to use the application. It’s a little awkward to figure out how to use it, though.

I believe this works on both Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC, but if you find that’s not the case, let me know in the comments and I’ll update it.

So how do I full-screen Lightroom?

You just press shift+f to toggle through the three different screen modes.

The mode you start on is generally just like any application and how it normally is.

The second mode, frankly, doesn’t do much other than reduce the size of the header in Lightroom, giving you a little more space to work with.

The third and final mode is the only truly “full-screen” mode that allows you to continue editing your photos. The full editing interface is still available, but almost everything above and below your image, including everything from Windows, is hidden.

Screenshot of the default view in Lightroom

This is the standard view of Lightroom.

Screenshot of the second view in Lightroom with a minimal header

The second view. It’s almost the same but the menu takes up less space.

Screenshot of the fullscreen mode in Lightroom

This is the only true “full-screen” mode Lightroom has. Highly recommended!

And that’s really all there is to it! To return to the default, just keep toggling through the modes using shift+f until you reach it.

One final tip: you can simply press “t” to hide the “toolbar” at the bottom which isn’t even very useful. And, of course, you can press the little arrow below the photo reel to hide that as well, giving you even more space.


About Brian Johnson

Brian Johnson is a website developer and designer living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a passion for code and WordPress. He spends his days building WordPress websites for small businesses, developing new code with the online community, and living life.

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