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Lady Engineer Level 1 (60 points)

Does anyone know how to or maybe a work around on how to hide everything in Safari, Tabs, address bar in full screen mode.  It would be super clean

when doing a presentation. Kind of like in MS Windows with the auto hide feature in full screen, when you mouse up, it slides down to navigate and then slides up to disappear.




PS it sort of does it now, but I would like it to hide everything but the page I am using.

  • RodneyW Level 4 (3,030 points)

    If you press CMD-| (not capital i, but SHIFT-\), then the Toolbar should disappear to give you what you are after.





  • DoctorFlash69 Level 1 (0 points)

    That only works when Safari is in windowed mode.  What about getting rid of all toolbars when in fullscreen mode in Lion?  No matter what, the toolbar still appears.

  • Aikasse Level 1 (10 points)
    1. Enter Full Screen mode
    2. Secondary click on grey area above adress bar and choose "Hide Toolbar" in Contextual Menu displayed.


    Unfortunately, this set up will be reverted when we use Full Screen Mode the next time.

  • DoctorFlash69 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, Aikasse! Works perfectly!

  • macosxnorge Level 1 (0 points)

    Great tip. Thnx. But does anybody know of a way to get safari to start in this true fullscreen mode without everything - without manually right-clicking the toolbar and selecting hide?  I have been using SAFT until now, but with Lion i am not sure the developer bothers to make a fullscreen update for us customers.


    I really need a way for safari to permanently open all links in this true fullscreen mode like i just described.


    Any tips or Automator tips?  Fingers crossed :-)

  • nazım Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Aikasse, I spent quite a few time thinking why it is possible in fullscreen mode of firefox to hide everything, but not in the fullscreen mode of safari... I really looked hard to find an option to hide tab bar, toolbar of safari in screen mode, finally I have come across your tip... But now, say that I would like to bring toolbar back after some time in fullscreen mode, then when I go to that gray zone above adress bar, now I double-click and nothing appears... So, I have to go to View-Customize toolbar, and only after toolbar comes back... Is there other way around it?

  • Aikasse Level 1 (10 points)

    For turning back "quickly" from


    - Safari Full Screen Mode with hidden toolbar




    - Safari Full Screen Mode with visible toolbar


    press twice the folow keyboard shortcut (first to come back Safari Window Mode, second to bring Safari in Full Screen Mode back with visible toolbar again):


    ctrl + cmd + F


    Transition effect between modes is not very quick. But this is the solution I have found. Sorry.

  • nazım Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks again Aikasse. It was very helpful trick... But, I hope that Apple will find much more shorter solution than this:)

  • huff3566 Level 1 (0 points)

    I want this too! This is how full screen mode in Windows version of Safari, so why did they make it different in the Lion version? It's not consistent implementation and kind of strange - why would you need it to show if you can get to it by moving your mouse to the top of your screen.


    Apple should at least provide an option to either auto hide or always show - like the "Always Show Bookmarks Bar" setting under view. It would be interesting to know why they chose not to offer this option.


    It's also strange that they didn't impement full screen mode on the iPad. On the iPod touch the toolbar auto hides (I would like to see this as an option on the iPad). It's another inconsistency that is very weird to me.


    When I move from one device to another, it would be nice to have a consistent experience using Safari!


    I am really kind of surprised that Apple would have so many inconsistencies with the user experience between versions/devices given how much they usually pay attention to these kind of things.

  • MattiasB Level 1 (0 points)

    Using OS X 10.7.2 and Safari 5.1.2


    I was looking for a solution to get Safari to open an url and go full screen without any toolbars or anything. Getting the first part is no problem. The issue is that the menu item "Hide toolbar" is in active when Safari is in fullscreen.


    As described in earlier replies one can do this by control click on the toolbar and choose hide toolbar but I needed it to be automatically. Accessibility Inspector (which is a small app included in XCode) to the rescue. With this I could start exploring the UI elements of the Safari window. I got everything up and running in plain mode but nothing in fullscreen mode. This was because Safari re arranged the UI elements when it moves to full screen mode. (Some hours of head scratching...)


    The toolbar menu in window mode is

    window 1 > tool bar 1 > menu 1


    in fullscreen

    window 1 > group 2 > tool bar 1 > menu 1



    So here is my applescript for "Open url in fullscreen mode in Safari"


    tell application "Safari"


              # Start or focus Safari



              # Start or focus Safari

              open location ""


              tell application "System Events"

                        tell application process "Safari"

                                  # Fullscreen

                                  tell window 1

                                            click (every button whose description contains "full screen")

                                  end tell


                                  # Wait for safari

                                  delay 2


                                  # Trigger toolbar menu "Hide toolbar"

                                  perform action "AXShowMenu" of tool bar 1 of group 2 of window 1

                                  key code 125

                                  keystroke return


                        end tell

              end tell

    end tell

  • Skittleses Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, for Windows users, you are able to get it to be clean except it will show you the currently open tabs. As you simply go to View and click hide on all available toolbars etc. To undo the hiding where you can resume viewing the address bar and others, you simply press Alt. and go to View and select Show ______bar etc. until you have all of the desired toolbars. I'm not sure how it is for Mac users or on any other software.... And I know this is a ridiculously late response, but hopefully it helps someone else trying to fix this same issue later on. ^.^ Good luck!

  • Skittleses Level 1 (0 points)

    Well, we should bear in mind that the company does need to write a different code for Safari for each device and all that. It can't be easy to get them all to be the same with every feature, but isn't that what updates are for?

  • Cup of Java Level 1 (0 points)

    Unfortunately, this fix no longer works in Safari 7, and neither do any other solutions on this page.

  • q2e Level 1 (0 points)

    The same problem for me also (Safari 7).

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