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How do i get a full screen on my macbook of the application i am viewing?

How do I get to full screen mode on my Macbook?

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    Basilio Guzman May 11, 2010

    You didn't mention what application are you using that requires full screen.

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There is no full screen exactly like there is in windows, however the green button in the upper left corner is what you want to click first. then if you need to get it bigger yet, you can drag from the box in the lower right corner to fill your screen. Most mac users don't do full screen like windows users do, but if you desire to have it, you just need to resize the window yourself. next time you open the program it will come up the size you left it.

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