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I'm stuck in full screen in the node editor. Escape isn't working, and I have no menus and no idea how to leave except to quit Blender and reopen the program.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ctrl + Alt + Space worked for me on OSX $\endgroup$
    – Zoe Erik
    Feb 4, 2022 at 17:22

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To toggle out of full screen area (what I think you did) press AltF10, or move your mouse to the top right corner and click the button that appears.
Here I start in full screen area, notice the button that appears in the top right corner. animated gif showing button to exit full screen area

If you just maximized the window you can get back to the normal view a number of ways.

  • Click the "Back To Previous" button in the info window at the top.
  • Press CtrlUp Arrow
  • Press CtrlDown Arrow
  • Press ShiftSpace

If you toggled blender into full screen view press AltF11.


Update For blender 2.8 the shortcuts are

⎈ Ctrl + Spacebar to toggle maximize

or

⎈ Ctrl + ⎇ Alt + Spacebar to toggle Full Screen.

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    $\begingroup$ Yup, it was Alt+F10 indeed :) Thanks for the extra info too. That's helpful. $\endgroup$ Jun 16, 2016 at 3:10
  • $\begingroup$ Life savior (on MacOSX) $\endgroup$
    – Vincent
    Oct 16, 2017 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ Alt+f10 always escapes me. Best fullscreen mode for sculpting. Thank you for the comprehensive list! $\endgroup$ Jan 14, 2018 at 2:13
  • $\begingroup$ Another solution: Press F3 and search after "Toggle" and you'll find "Toggle Fullscreen Area" $\endgroup$
    – telephone
    Jul 31, 2022 at 22:38
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You should be able to toggle panel full screen mode in blender via Shift+Space :)

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for a quick response :) but shift+space didn't seem to do anything and I wound up quitting and reopening Blender - it looks like alt+fn+F10 will toggle both in and out of full screen node editor on a Mac laptop. Sorry for the complete noobness... $\endgroup$ Jun 16, 2016 at 3:01
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On Mac none of the above worked, I got it toggling on and off with Ctrl + Alt + Fn + Space.

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  • $\begingroup$ Ctrl + Space or Ctrl + Alt + Space works on OSX. $\endgroup$
    – brockmann
    Jun 17, 2020 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ ...but on my Blender 3.0 I must use Cmd instead: Cmd + Alt + Fn + Space. $\endgroup$
    – telephone
    Jul 31, 2022 at 22:35
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Press ALT+F11 to toggle Full Screen.

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  • $\begingroup$ It's not Blender, that is in fullscreen mode, it's the Node Editor. F11 is the shortcut to UV/Image Editor. $\endgroup$ Jul 6, 2019 at 6:52
  • $\begingroup$ As the edit corrected the shortcut for toggle full screen is Alt F11 not F11 $\endgroup$
    – David
    Jul 6, 2019 at 9:47

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