AnyDesk is a popular remote desktop software that allows you to access another computer or device remotely. Its fullscreen mode provides an immersive experience by expanding the remote desktop to fill your entire screen.
However, being stuck in fullscreen mode can be frustrating if you want to access your local desktop or applications. Luckily, exiting fullscreen mode in AnyDesk only takes a few simple steps.
Table of Contents
- When to Use Fullscreen Mode
- How to Enter Fullscreen Mode
- How to Exit Fullscreen Mode
- What You Can Do After Exiting Fullscreen
- Tips for Working in Fullscreen Mode
- How to Prevent Accidental Fullscreen Mode
- Why AnyDesk Fullscreen is Useful
When to Use Fullscreen Mode
Fullscreen mode is useful when:
- You need to focus on specific remote desktop tasks without local desktop distractions
- Working on a small laptop screen and want to maximize the remote desktop area
- Demonstrating remote software or websites where screen space is important
How to Enter Fullscreen Mode
To enter fullscreen mode:
- Double click on the remote desktop window
- Or click on Enter Fullscreen in the top menu bar
- The remote desktop will instantly expand to occupy the whole screen
How to Exit Fullscreen Mode
On Windows and Mac
To exit fullscreen mode:
- Hover your mouse pointer at the top center of the screen
- A control bar pops up after a second
- Click on the Exit Fullscreen icon in the control bar
Alternatively press the Esc key to exit fullscreen mode instantly.
On Mobile Devices
To exit fullscreen mode on iOS and Android devices:
- Swipe down from the top of the screen
- The navigation bar will appear
- Tap on the Back button to return to windowed mode
What You Can Do After Exiting Fullscreen
After exiting fullscreen mode:
- Access your local desktop and applications
- Check notifications and running programs
- Launch or switch to other applications
- Adjust AnyDesk settings if needed
- Minimize AnyDesk to work exclusively on local desktop
So feel free to exit fullscreen whenever you need to multitask or take a break from the remote desktop session.
Tips for Working in Fullscreen Mode
- Use fullscreen for focused remote work sessions
- Exit fullscreen if you need to use local desktop or apps
- Switch to windowed mode if remote desktop area is sufficient
- Turn on scaling if text and elements are too small in fullscreen
- Try different views like Fit to Window to resize remote desktop
How to Prevent Accidental Fullscreen Mode
If you find yourself accidentally triggering fullscreen mode:
Disable Double Click Fullscreen
- Go to Settings > Display
- Uncheck the Double click on session enters fullscreen option
Now double clicking the remote desktop will not enable fullscreen.
Show Control Bar on Hover
Having the control bar always visible prevents accidental fullscreen mode.
To keep the control bar persistently visible:
- Go to Settings > Display
- Check the Always show menu bar option
- The control bar will always be present to allow exiting fullscreen easily
Why AnyDesk Fullscreen is Useful
Despite some accidental triggers, AnyDesk’s fullscreen mode provides many benefits:
- Removes on-screen distractions and notifications
- Focus fully on remote desktop tasks
- Maximum area for remote desktop on small screens
- Looks and feels like working on an actual remote computer
- Optimized demonstrations, presentations, and collaborations
So learning how to properly exit fullscreen mode allows you to enjoy these benefits without being permanently stuck in fullscreen.
Exiting fullscreen mode is easy once you know how – just hover at the top center edge of the screen for the control bar.
Feel free to use AnyDesk’s immersive fullscreen mode for focused remote work. And exit comfortably to your local desktop whenever needed.
Optimizing fullscreen vs. windowed modes this way provides the best remote desktop experience.