F11 doesn't switch Live to full screen mode

  • Live Versions: 1 - 9
  • Operating System: OS X


When pressing F11 Live doesn't switch to full screen mode but instead the desktop is shown.


By default F11 is used in OS X to show the desktop.


Press Fn+Alt+F11 to activate full screen mode. 

Alternatively, you can also change the assignment of the F11 key in the System Preferences like this:

Open the System Preferences panel.

OS X Snow Leopard:

  • Click on “Exposé & Spaces” to open the “Exposé & Spaces” tab.
  • In the “Exposé” tab select another key command for “Show Desktop”.

OS X Lion:

  • Click on “Mission Control” to open the “Mission Control” tab.
  • Select another key command for “Show Desktop”.

Close the System Preferences.