Centos Chrome can't exit full screen

Posted by Tully on Tue 16 April 2013

I just recently switched from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS to Centos 6.3. The switch has been pretty smooth. I use mainly Centos/RHEL servers so it makes sense for me to develop / run on the same operating system. Haven't had any issues swithcing over to Centos till today. Every time Chrome launched, it would go into full screen mode. The screen would then display "Press f11 to exit full screen". However, pressing f11 would not close Google Chrome.

I started searching Google for an answer, and found tons of answers with incorrect information. Most of the answers were to delete your Google Chrome data under your home directory. This is a bad answer, as it will remove your preferences as well as your bookmarks / settings and not fix the problem. I kept searching, and could not find the answer.

I soon starting going through the Centos keyboard short-cuts. I found that under Window Management the "Toggle fullscreen mode" was disabled. This is the default setting. I tried switching this to use f11 and magically Chrome could exit and re-enter full screen mode.

Steps to fix:

  1. Go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts
  2. Scroll down to "Toggle full screen mode" under Window Management.
  3. Set the shortcut to f11.