Features are great and all. But the more of them your software accumulates, the more toolbars and icon panels fill the screen, and the bigger the clutter problem becomes. After awhile, all that “chrome” (as software designers call it) winds up crowding out the document you’re actually trying to work on.
That’s why Apple invented Full Screen mode. It’s not available in all programs, but it’s showing up in more and more of them. In Mavericks, you’ll find the Full Screen button () in the upper-right corner of App Store, Calendar, Chess, Final Cut Pro, Font Book, Game Center, GarageBand, iBooks, iMovie, iPhoto, iTunes, Keynote, Mail, Maps, Messages, Notes, Photo Booth, Preview, Safari, and others.
When you click that button, the Mac hides the menu bar, scroll bars, status bars, and any other bars or palettes surrounding your work area. The window’s edges expand all the way to the edges of the screen (Figure 5-8).
You may as well learn the keyboard shortcut to enter Full Screen mode: Control-⌘-F. The same keystroke leaves Full Screen mode, but you can also tap the Esc key for that purpose.
The menu bar is still available; move the pointer to the top of the screen to make it reappear.
Figure 5-8. Top: So much for the glorious Web. You’re seeing a Web page segment, swimming ...