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How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop

You can access a variety of functions in Adobe Photoshop CS5 by pressing key combinations on your keyboard. You can even make your own keyboard shortcuts for tasks that you perform frequently but don’t have a shortcut for. However, if you’ve ever hit some keys on your keyboard by accident or had a catwalk across your keyboard, you know that keyboard shortcuts can sometimes cause your programs to take actions that are difficult to undo.

If your Adobe Photoshop program has become stuck in full-screen mode without your permission, you may be wondering how to get out of it. In Photoshop, there are a few different ways to exit full-screen mode, but the best solution depends on which full-screen mode you’re in. Note that the solutions presented below were performed on the Windows version of Photoshop CS5.

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

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

How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop
How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop

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

How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop2
How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop2

If neither of these options is visible at the top of your screen, your Photoshop program is in Full-Screen Mode. This means that the top-of-the-screen menu is hidden. It should resemble the illustration below.

How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop3
How to Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop3

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

FAQ: Exit Full-Screen Mode in Photoshop

How do I draw a straight line in Photoshop?

By using the brush tool, clicking the line start point, then holding the Shift key and clicking the line endpoint you will be able to create a straight line in Photoshop.

How do I create a new layer in Photoshop?

Often it can be most helpful to create a new layer whenever you create a new object, like a line. Click the “Create New Layer” button at the bottom of the “Layers” panel to add a new layer. It looks like a sheet of paper with its corner turned up.

How can I quickly switch to the Brush tool in Photoshop?

When your image is open in Photoshop you can press the “B” key on your keyboard to make the Brush tool your currently active tool.


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