Google-Chrome + CentOS stuck in full screen mode?

If your google chrome is stuck in full screen mode in any of the linux flavors and F11 is not working to sort the issue then you need to look at this fix.

I am not too sure if you guys have experienced this but this is something that keeps on happening with me reguarlarly on different flavors of Linux. The Google chrome browser just gets stuck in full screen mode on the secondary screen. Pressing F11 just does not help. So what do you do if this happens? How do you recover your beloved chrome? Going through I realized that you could just remove all the settings in your profile for Google chrome and the browser would reset to default. You will loose your bookmarks and settings but atleast you can use the browser again. Use Google sync to save your time and you can just log into Google account and get your bookmarks and apps back.

All you need to do is go to /home/user/.config/ and here you will get your google-chrome folder. You can just do a rm -rf /home/user/.config/google-chrome/ and then try launching the browser. It should be the way it launched the first time. This is not a perfect solution but a decent work around I guess.

6 thoughts on “Google-Chrome + CentOS stuck in full screen mode?”

  1. Had the same problem a couple of times on ubuntu.

    Deleting /home/user/.config/google-chrome/Default/Preferences does the job without removing your browsing history and bookmarks.

  2. Following the idea to rm -rf /home/user/.config/google-chrome/ for CentOS 6.3
    for version 21.0.1180.89 of Google-chrome does not work. Not only did it delete my theme, it deleted my bookmarks and the original problem remains. 🙁

    I was smart enough to backup my bookmarks initially.

  3. Used Livingston’s solution to keep my history and so on. Only lost ‘active tabs’ but still was in history; very minor inconvenience compared to the overall bug. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. I’ve found a fix for this.

    In Centos:
    Go to System -> Preferences -> Keyboard Shortcuts

    Scroll down to “Toggle full screen mode” under Window Management.

    Set the shortcut to f11.

    This will fix the full screen problem.

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