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Links open in small Safari window on iPad

Whenever I open a link in email it no longer opens in full screen, but opens as a small, narrow window off to the side, that there is no way to close it except to get out of the app and go back in. How do I get my links to open up as full screen again?

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iPad Pro, iOS 13

Posted on Feb 17, 2020 10:06 AM

LotusPilot

Posted on Feb 17, 2020 10:31 AM

You likely have a Safari instance opening in slide-over view.

To eliminate this, first pull down on the grey grab bar at the top of the Safari view - transforming the view into a split-screen view. The split-screen view has a central divider, upon which is another central grab bar; drag this all the way to the edge of the screen.

You should now have restored your expected functionality. I recommend that you review the iPad User Guide for iPadOS to learn about multitasking in iPadOS. Here is a link to both the downloadable and online versions of the User Guide:

https://support.apple.com/en-gb/guide/ipad/ipadf3dbb83f/ipados

Here is short video that you’ll doubtless find informative:

https://youtu.be/nSBZKr5kXYM

I hope you find this to be helpful in fully resolving your problem.

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Feb 17, 2020 10:31 AM in response to Klaprade

Feb 17, 2020 10:41 AM in response to Klaprade

I did explain the steps to close the slide-over view in my initial reply - and also provided links to further information for you to understand multitasking features of iPadOS that you have seemingly invoked.

What else I can do for you?

To be clear, nothing here is broken. You are seeing expected functionality - but perhaps in circumstances that you’re not familiar with.

Feb 17, 2020 10:48 AM in response to LotusPilot

Sorry, I missed it in that little screen.

I dragged down the gray title bar, it turned into a safari icon, which I moved to the middle of the screen, but when I let up it went right back to that small screen.

Feb 17, 2020 10:54 AM in response to Klaprade

Okay, when you pull down on the grab bar - and the Safari icon appears, drag to the right and release; you now have transformed the slide-over view into split screen view.

Using the grab bar that now appears on the central divider of the split screen, drag the grab bar over the Safari window off the edge of the screen - and release.

Feb 17, 2020 10:34 AM in response to LotusPilot

So how do I fix this?

Feb 17, 2020 10:53 AM in response to Klaprade

Ok, I was able to turn off multitasking using the ipad guide. It is back to normal now 😁 Thanks for your help!

Feb 17, 2020 10:56 AM in response to Klaprade

Problem now solved?

Feb 17, 2020 12:53 PM in response to LotusPilot

Yes! Thank you! It has been driving me nuts!

How to Get Full Screen on iPad: Simple Steps for an Enhanced View

Getting full screen on your iPad is easier than you think. By following a few simple steps, you can maximize your screen real estate, making for a more immersive experience whether you’re watching videos, reading, or using apps. All it takes is a few swipes, taps, or changes in settings. Ready to go full screen? Let’s dive right in!

How to Get Full Screen on iPad

This section will walk you through the steps to make apps or content appear in full screen on your iPad. Whether you’re using Safari, watching videos, or just want a cleaner view of your apps, these steps will help you achieve a full-screen experience.

Step 1: Open the App or Content

First, open the app or the content you want to view in full screen.

Whether it’s a website in Safari, a video in YouTube, or a game, the initial step is to have the app running on your screen.

Step 2: Rotate the iPad

Next, rotate your iPad to landscape mode.

Most apps and videos automatically switch to full screen when you turn your iPad sideways. This helps utilize the wider aspect ratio.

Step 3: Use Safari’s Full-Screen Mode

If you’re using Safari, tap the full-screen icon in the lower right corner of a video or webpage.

This icon usually looks like two outward-facing arrows. Tapping it will expand the content to fill your entire screen, removing toolbars and tabs.

Step 4: Pinch to Zoom

For photos or documents, use the pinch gesture to zoom in.

Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart to zoom in, which often triggers a full-screen view in many apps.

Step 5: Tap the Full-Screen Button in Apps

In many apps, there’s a dedicated full-screen button. Tap it.

This button is usually found in the video player’s control panel or within the app’s settings. It immediately maximizes the app’s display.

What Happens Next?

Once you’ve completed these steps, your chosen app or content will be displayed in full screen. This means fewer distractions and a more immersive experience, allowing you to focus on what’s important. Whether you’re binge-watching your favorite show or reading an article, everything will look bigger and better.

Tips for Getting Full Screen on iPad

  • Use Guided Access: Go to Settings > Accessibility > Guided Access to lock your iPad into a single app. This ensures distractions are minimized.
  • Disable Multitasking Gestures: Head to Settings > Home Screen & Dock > Multitasking and disable gestures for a cleaner full-screen experience.
  • Use Split View Wisely: If you need to multitask, use Split View to manage multiple apps without sacrificing screen real estate.
  • Update Your Apps: Ensure your apps are up-to-date. Developers frequently add full-screen modes and other enhancements.
  • Adjust Display Settings: Go to Settings > Display & Brightness to tweak options for better full-screen performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do i make safari full screen on ipad.

Tap the full-screen icon (two outward-facing arrows) in the lower right corner of the browser.

Can I make games full screen on my iPad?

Yes, most games automatically go full screen when you launch them and rotate your iPad to landscape mode.

How do I exit full screen mode?

Simply tap the screen or use a pinch gesture to zoom out, depending on the app.

Does full screen work in all apps?

Most apps support full screen, but some apps might have limitations. Always check the app’s settings or help section.

Can I use full screen in Split View?

Full screen isn’t possible in Split View. Close the secondary app to return to full screen.

  • Open the app or content.
  • Rotate the iPad to landscape mode.
  • Tap the full-screen icon in Safari.
  • Use the pinch to zoom gesture.
  • Tap the full-screen button in apps.

Going full screen on your iPad can greatly enhance your viewing and usage experience. Whether you are diving into a captivating movie, playing an intense game, or simply browsing the web, using the full screen helps you get the most out of your device. With just a few taps and swipes, you can transform your iPad into a more immersive and distraction-free tool.

If you found this guide on how to get full screen on iPad helpful, why not share it with others? Feel free to explore other features of your iPad and make the most out of your device. Full screen is just one of the many ways to enhance your digital experience. Happy browsing!

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How to Get a Full Screen on iPad

There isn't a single full-screen mode button on iPad, but Safari and video apps do a decent job

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Does the iPad Go Full Screen?

What to know.

  • You can't make an iPad full-screen in every situation.
  • For Safari, you can hide the toolbar and the side panel for more space. But a small menu is always present.
  • To get full-screen videos on an iPad, tap the square or arrows on the corner of the video player.

This article explains the situations in which you can go full screen on iPad and how to do it.

How to Get a Full Screen on iPad in Safari

Having Safari go full-screen is appealing if you wish to have the most immersive web browsing experience possible. While there isn't a full-screen button in Safari, there are a few ways to use up more of the tablet's screen. Here are your options:

Tap the aA button to the left of the page's URL, then tap Hide Toolbar . The page won't go completely full screen, but it's as close as you can get.

The toolbar will reappear the next time you close out of Safari.

Tap the menu button at the top left of Safari. This will collapse that menu and give you way more room to view web pages.

Tap the three dots at the top of the browser, then select Full Screen . This method, which also works in Chrome and other browsers, is useful if you're currently viewing a website in Split View mode .

Add the web page to the Home Screen . This will create a shortcut to the page next to all your other apps. When you tap the shortcut, it will open the website in Safari, ideally in full-screen mode.

This doesn't work on all websites. If the web developer added the right code to their website, then opening the shortcut will hide everything else on the page, making the site show in full screen.

Another way to make Safari on iPad go full screen is with a bit of JavaScript. This method isn't ideal because it doesn't stick around as you click through web pages and it's too easy to exit, but it is helpful in some situations.

To do this, you need to make a normal bookmark and then edit it so it points to this instead of a real URL:

Here's what it looks like when a website goes full screen in Safari:

How to Make Videos on iPad Go Full Screen

Another way to go full screen on an iPad is when watching videos. Some apps offer actual full screen, with no menu bar at the top, while others keep the menu bar. You can't control which is which; it's up to the app developer.

To watch a video in full-screen mode, tap the full-screen button on the video player. Different apps and websites use a different button, but it's usually either a square or a set of two arrows.

If you're viewing the video picture-in-picture, tap the right-corner icon showing two squares.

If you want to get full screen on your iPad—that is, no clock, date, or battery icon at the top—we've got bad news for you: There's no way to do it. At least, not in every situation. Some apps allow it and others don't. Unfortunately, there isn't a system-wide full-screen button in iPadOS .

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Customize your Safari settings on iPad

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Customize your start page

Every time you open a new tab, you begin on your start page. You can customize your start page with new background images and options.

The start page in Safari, which shows favorite websites, websites shared with you, and websites saved to your Reading List. At the bottom of the screen is the Edit button.

Scroll to the bottom of the page, then tap Edit.

Choose options for your start page.

Favorites: Display shortcuts to your favorite bookmarked websites. See Add a website to Favorites .

Frequently Visited: Go straight to the websites you visit most.

Shared with You: See links shared with you in Messages. See Find links shared with you .

Privacy Report: Stay updated on how many trackers and websites Safari blocked from tracking you. See View the Privacy Report .

Siri Suggestions: As you search, allow websites shared in Calendar and other apps to appear.

Reading List: Show webpages currently in your Reading List. See Add the current webpage to your Reading List .

Recently Closed Tabs: Go back to tabs you previously closed.

iCloud Tabs: Show open tabs from other Apple devices where you’re signed in with the same Apple ID and Safari is turned on in iCloud settings or preferences. See Organize your tabs with Tab Groups .

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Note: Your custom start page settings are updated on all your Apple devices where you have Use Start Page on All Devices turned on, and you’re signed in with the same Apple ID using two-factor authentication .

Change the text size for a website on Safari

the Page Settings button

Tap the large A to increase the font size or the small A to decrease it.

A webpage with the Page Settings menu open. From top to bottom, the menu includes Text Size, Show Reader, Listening Controls, Hide Toolbar, Request Mobile Website, Website Settings, and Privacy Report.

Change the display controls for a website on Safari

You can hide the search field, switch to Reader, and more.

Hide the search field: Tap Hide Toolbar (tap the top of the screen to get it back).

See a streamlined view of the webpage: Tap Show Reader (if available).

To return to the normal view, tap Hide Reader.

See what the webpage looks like on a desktop computer: Tap Request Desktop Website (if available).

You can also adjust Safari settings in Accessibility settings. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Per-App Settings. Tap Add App, choose Safari, then tap Safari to adjust the settings.

Choose where to save downloads

When you download a file in Safari, you can choose whether to save it to iCloud or on your iPad.

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iCloud Drive: Select this option to save downloads to the Downloads folder in iCloud Drive. This allows you to access the downloaded file on any iPhone, iPad, or Mac where you’re signed in with the same Apple ID .

On My iPad: Select this option to save downloads to the Downloads folder on your iPad.

Share website passwords with a group

You can create a group of trusted contacts and share a set of passwords. Passwords stay up to date for everyone in the group, and you can remove someone at any time.

See Create shared password groups .

Adjust privacy settings for Safari

You can choose what privacy settings you want across Safari, and create individual exceptions for websites. See Browse privately .

You can navigate in Safari using keyboard shortcuts if you have an Apple external keyboard connected to your iPad.

To view available keyboard shortcuts, connect your keyboard, then press and hold the Command key.

How To Display Safari Full Screen On IPad

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When using Safari on your iPad, you may want to enjoy a more immersive browsing experience by displaying web pages in full screen. This feature allows you to maximize the available screen real estate, eliminating distractions and providing a clear view of the content. Whether you're reading an article, watching a video, or exploring a website, the full screen mode can enhance your browsing experience and make it more enjoyable.

In this guide, you will learn how to easily display Safari in full screen on your iPad. By following a few simple steps, you can make the most of your device's display and immerse yourself in the content without any clutter or unnecessary interface elements. Whether you're using your iPad for work, entertainment, or casual browsing, the full screen mode in Safari can help you focus on what matters most – the content.

So, if you're ready to elevate your browsing experience and take advantage of the full screen feature in Safari on your iPad, let's dive into the step-by-step process. With just a few taps and gestures, you'll be able to enjoy a more expansive and visually engaging browsing experience, tailored to your preferences and viewing habits. Let's get started and make the most of your iPad's capabilities for a seamless and immersive browsing experience.

Step 1: Open Safari on your iPad

To begin the process of displaying Safari in full screen on your iPad, the first step is to open the Safari web browser . You can easily locate the Safari icon on your iPad's home screen, which typically features a compass rose design. Tapping on the Safari icon will launch the browser, presenting you with a familiar interface that allows you to navigate the web, access your favorite websites, and explore a wide range of online content.

Upon opening Safari, you will be greeted by the browser's home page or the last webpage you were viewing. The address bar at the top of the screen provides a convenient way to enter website addresses or conduct web searches directly from the browser. This versatile feature allows you to seamlessly navigate to your desired web destinations, whether it's a specific website, a search engine query, or a previously visited page.

Safari's user-friendly interface on the iPad offers intuitive navigation tools, including the ability to open multiple tabs for simultaneous browsing, access bookmarks for quick website retrieval, and utilize the reader view for distraction-free reading. With its seamless integration with the iPad's touch interface, Safari provides a smooth and responsive browsing experience, making it a popular choice for users seeking a reliable and feature-rich web browser on their iPad devices.

Once Safari is open and ready for use, you are one step closer to immersing yourself in a full screen browsing experience. The subsequent steps will guide you through the process of activating the full screen mode, allowing you to maximize the display area and focus on the content of the web pages you visit. By following these straightforward instructions, you can enhance your browsing experience and make the most of your iPad's capabilities for a more engaging and visually appealing interaction with online content.

Step 2: Tap the "AA" icon in the address bar

Located within the address bar of Safari on your iPad is a versatile tool that grants you access to a range of useful options for customizing your browsing experience. This tool is represented by the "AA" icon, which serves as a gateway to various settings related to webpage display, content formatting, and reader-friendly features. By tapping on the "AA" icon, you can unlock a host of functionalities that cater to your preferences and optimize the way web pages are presented on your iPad.

Upon tapping the "AA" icon, you will be presented with a dropdown menu that offers a selection of options designed to enhance your browsing experience. These options include the ability to adjust text size, enter reader view for a simplified reading experience, and access the "Request Desktop Website" feature, among others. The "Request Desktop Website" option is particularly relevant to our goal of displaying Safari in full screen on your iPad, as it enables you to access the desktop version of a website, which often provides a more expansive and feature-rich layout compared to the mobile version.

By tapping the "AA" icon and selecting the "Request Desktop Website" option, you are signaling to Safari that you prefer to view the desktop version of the current website. This action prompts Safari to load the desktop variant of the webpage, which is optimized for larger screens and typically offers a more comprehensive layout with additional content and features. This step is crucial in preparing the webpage for the subsequent transition to full screen mode, ensuring that you have access to the complete set of elements and functionalities available on the desktop version of the site.

In essence, tapping the "AA" icon in the address bar and choosing the "Request Desktop Website" option sets the stage for a seamless transition to the full screen mode, aligning the webpage with the desktop layout to maximize the viewing experience on your iPad. This intuitive process empowers you to take full advantage of the available screen real estate, enabling a more immersive and visually engaging interaction with the content of the website. With this pivotal step completed, you are now ready to proceed to the next stage of the process, bringing you closer to experiencing Safari in full screen on your iPad.

Step 3: Select "Request Desktop Website"

When browsing the web on your iPad, you may encounter websites that offer a mobile-optimized version by default. While mobile versions are designed to be responsive and user-friendly on smaller screens, they may not fully utilize the available screen real estate on larger devices such as the iPad. This is where the "Request Desktop Website" feature in Safari comes into play, allowing you to access the desktop version of a website for a more comprehensive and visually immersive experience.

Upon selecting the "Request Desktop Website" option, Safari communicates to the website that you prefer to view its desktop variant. This prompts the website to load the full desktop layout, complete with additional content, features, and a layout optimized for larger screens. By transitioning to the desktop version, you gain access to a broader range of functionalities and a more expansive presentation of the website's content.

The "Request Desktop Website" feature is particularly beneficial when aiming to display Safari in full screen on your iPad. By accessing the desktop version of the website, you ensure that the webpage is optimized for a larger display, setting the stage for a seamless transition to the full screen mode. This step is essential for maximizing the viewing experience, as it aligns the webpage with the layout and design intended for desktop environments, leveraging the full potential of your iPad's screen.

Furthermore, the desktop version of a website often offers enhanced interactivity, richer multimedia experiences, and a more comprehensive navigation structure. This can be especially advantageous when engaging with content that relies on visual elements, interactive features, or complex layouts. By selecting "Request Desktop Website," you are empowering Safari to present the website in a manner that fully utilizes the capabilities of your iPad, delivering a more immersive and visually engaging browsing experience.

In summary, the "Request Desktop Website" feature in Safari serves as a gateway to accessing the desktop version of websites, optimizing the browsing experience for larger screens such as the iPad. By leveraging this feature, you can ensure that web pages are presented in a manner that fully utilizes the available screen real estate, setting the stage for a seamless transition to the full screen mode. This step is instrumental in enhancing your browsing experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the content without any limitations imposed by mobile-optimized layouts.

Step 4: Rotate your iPad to landscape orientation

As you progress through the process of displaying Safari in full screen on your iPad, the next step involves a simple yet impactful action – rotating your device to landscape orientation. This deliberate adjustment optimizes the viewing experience, leveraging the wider aspect ratio of the iPad's screen to enhance the presentation of web content.

By rotating your iPad to landscape orientation, you are capitalizing on the device's expansive display capabilities, allowing web pages to unfold across a broader canvas. This orientation adjustment is particularly advantageous when transitioning to full screen mode, as it aligns the device's screen layout with the natural landscape orientation, providing a more immersive and visually engaging browsing experience.

In landscape orientation, the iPad's screen offers a wider expanse for content to unfold, accommodating a broader view of web pages and enabling a more comprehensive display of text, images, and multimedia elements. This orientation adjustment is especially beneficial when engaging with websites that feature expansive layouts, multimedia-rich content, or intricate design elements, as it allows you to fully appreciate the details and nuances of the webpage's presentation.

Furthermore, the landscape orientation lends itself well to activities such as reading articles, viewing images, and watching videos, as it provides a more natural and expansive canvas for consuming content. Whether you're exploring news articles, browsing through image galleries, or enjoying multimedia presentations, the landscape orientation enhances the visual impact and readability of the content, making for a more engaging and immersive browsing experience.

The transition to landscape orientation on your iPad seamlessly complements the upcoming step of tapping the full screen icon, as it primes the device for an optimized full screen display. By embracing the wider aspect ratio offered in landscape orientation, you are preparing to fully immerse yourself in the content of web pages, eliminating distractions and maximizing the available screen real estate for a visually captivating browsing experience.

In essence, the simple act of rotating your iPad to landscape orientation serves as a pivotal precursor to entering full screen mode, unlocking the device's potential for delivering a more expansive and visually immersive browsing experience. This deliberate adjustment sets the stage for the subsequent step, bringing you closer to experiencing Safari in full screen on your iPad and enjoying a seamless interaction with web content in a captivating and visually optimized manner.

Step 5: Tap the full screen icon in the top right corner

As you approach the final step in the process of displaying Safari in full screen on your iPad, you are just a tap away from immersing yourself in a visually expansive and distraction-free browsing experience. The full screen icon, strategically positioned in the top right corner of the Safari interface, serves as the gateway to unlocking the full potential of your iPad's display, allowing you to maximize the viewing area and focus solely on the content of the web page.

Upon reaching this pivotal stage, you will direct your attention to the top right corner of the Safari interface, where the full screen icon awaits your interaction. This icon, typically represented by a pair of diagonal arrows pointing outward, symbolizes the transition to a full screen display, signaling Safari to expand the webpage to occupy the entirety of your iPad's screen real estate.

With a simple tap on the full screen icon, you initiate the seamless transition to a visually immersive browsing experience. As the web page expands to fill the entire screen, the interface elements, including the address bar and navigation controls, gracefully fade away, allowing the content to take center stage. This deliberate design ensures that your focus remains squarely on the webpage's content, free from any distractions or unnecessary interface elements.

The full screen mode in Safari on your iPad offers a captivating and visually engaging browsing experience, allowing you to fully appreciate the details, imagery, and layout of the web page without any encumbrances. Whether you are reading an article, exploring a multimedia-rich website, or engaging with interactive content, the full screen mode provides an unobstructed view, enhancing the impact and immersion of your browsing experience.

Furthermore, the full screen mode is particularly advantageous when engaging with content that benefits from a larger canvas, such as viewing high-resolution images, watching videos, or exploring intricate design elements. By tapping the full screen icon and embracing the expansive display area of your iPad, you unlock the potential for a more captivating and visually optimized interaction with the web content.

In essence, tapping the full screen icon in the top right corner of Safari on your iPad represents the culmination of the process, bringing you to a state of full immersion in the web page's content. This deliberate action marks the transition to a visually expansive and distraction-free browsing experience, tailored to your preferences and designed to maximize the capabilities of your iPad's display. With the full screen mode activated, you are poised to enjoy a seamless and visually captivating interaction with web content, free from any constraints imposed by the browser interface.

In conclusion, the process of displaying Safari in full screen on your iPad offers a transformative and visually immersive browsing experience, tailored to maximize the capabilities of your device's display. By following the step-by-step guide outlined in this article, you have gained the knowledge and insights necessary to seamlessly transition to a full screen mode, allowing you to immerse yourself in the content of web pages without any distractions or interface elements hindering your viewing experience.

The journey begins with opening Safari on your iPad, a familiar and user-friendly web browser that serves as the gateway to a vast array of online content. From there, you navigate through the intuitive interface, tapping the "AA" icon in the address bar to access the essential settings that pave the way for a seamless transition to full screen mode. By selecting the "Request Desktop Website" option, you signal your preference for the desktop version of the website, setting the stage for an optimized viewing experience on your iPad.

As you progress through the steps, you rotate your iPad to landscape orientation, leveraging the wider aspect ratio of the screen to enhance the presentation of web content. This deliberate adjustment primes your device for the final step – tapping the full screen icon in the top right corner of the Safari interface. With a simple tap, you unlock the full potential of your iPad's display, transitioning to a visually expansive and distraction-free browsing experience that allows you to fully immerse yourself in the content of web pages.

The full screen mode in Safari on your iPad offers a captivating and visually engaging browsing experience, enabling you to appreciate the details, imagery, and layout of web pages without any encumbrances. Whether you are reading articles, exploring multimedia-rich websites, or engaging with interactive content, the full screen mode provides an unobstructed view, enhancing the impact and immersion of your browsing experience.

By embracing the full screen mode, you harness the capabilities of your iPad's display to enjoy a seamless and visually captivating interaction with web content, free from any constraints imposed by the browser interface. This transformative experience elevates your browsing sessions, allowing you to focus solely on the content that matters most to you, whether it's news articles, multimedia presentations, or visually rich web experiences.

In essence, the ability to display Safari in full screen on your iPad empowers you to tailor your browsing experience to your preferences, maximizing the available screen real estate and immersing yourself in the content of web pages without any distractions. With this newfound knowledge, you are equipped to elevate your browsing sessions and make the most of your iPad's capabilities for a visually captivating and engaging interaction with online content.

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How to Make a Website Go Full Screen on Your iPad

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How to make a website full screen on the iPad

You can view almost any type of web content on an iPad, but it doesn’t readily support full-screen mode. People who prefer to use the Safari browser on the iPad face a problem viewing web content without browser panels, elements, etc.

If you want to view a webpage, course, or HTML5 presentation, it will be much more convenient to do it in full-screen mode. Full-screen viewing looks more native and provides additional space for your content, while hiding all Safari elements but the main window.  

In this article, we provide a brief guide on how to view a website full screen on an iPad — and you won’t even need to change your iPad settings.

How to Open Safari in Full-Screen Mode on an iPad

  • First, launch the Safari browser from the home screen and go to the webpage that you wish to view in full-screen mode.

iPad Full Screen Web App: Tapping on the Share button

Note : This way of viewing a webpage, course, or presentation in full-screen mode works if the source code of the webpage contains the following tag:

<meta name=”apple-mobile-web-app-capable” content=”yes “>

You can add this tag to your webpage using a third-party tool like iWeb SEO Tool or any other tool you wish. Please note that you need to first add the tag, refresh the page, and then add a bookmark to your home screen.

How to View a Video in Full-Screen Mode on an iPad

To get a video to show in full-screen mode on an iPad, you’ll need to download a standalone video app. There are multiple apps on the market, but you can use YouTube’s app, for example. Its interface will look almost the same as it would in a browser on a PC, but there are some differences to YouTube on a touch screen device in regard to switching to a full-screen mode.

To make the YouTube app play in full-screen mode, choose and open a video. When the video starts playing, tap on it once. You’ll see several additional options, including dual arrows at the bottom right corner. Tap the arrows to go to full screen.

Viewing a Video in Full-Screen Mode on an iPad

How to View a PowerPoint Presentation on an iPad

If you want to make your PowerPoint projects available on the iPad, you can easily do so by converting PowerPoint slides to HTML5 with iSpring Converter . It works as a PowerPoint add-in, so you can convert your presentation right from PowerPoint with all of its functionality and appearance preserved. If you want to protect your content from unauthorized access, you can add an extra layer of protection to your presentation by setting a password, restricting the time allowed for viewing, and adding a watermark.

Would you like to get more useful information about online content for your iPad? Discover the easiest way for you to view PowerPoint presentations on an iPad.

How to Make Apps Full Screen on the iPad

Some apps don’t fill the entire screen of the iPad, but you can resize them to take full advantage of the expanded aspect ratio. 

To have an app take up the full screen, drag the handle to the bottom corner of the iPad. If you’re using a mouse or trackpad, then use the mouse pointer on any edge of the window to resize it.

How to Troubleshoot Safari Display Issues

If Safari doesn’t open a webpage or work as expected on your iPad, here a few solutions that might help:

  • Reload the page
  • Install software updates and restart
  • Turn extensions off if there are any installed in your browser
  • Try opening the website in a private browser window
  • Check the privacy, security, and website settings
  • Reload the page without Private Relay if you’re subscribed to iCloud+ and are using this feature
  • Check your VPN or other security software if you have these installed on your iPad
  • Check network settings

To get the details about using these methods, check out the official Apple website . 

How to Remove Split Screen on Safari 

Apple devices are multitasking tools. The clearest evidence of this is that the Safari browser features a split screen. It allows you to open two websites in two separate windows simultaneously. These split-screen windows work independently of each other and help users to be more productive. For example, you can open YouTube to watch an instructional video in one window and open another website next to it to find some additional information on a topic. 

Split View is enabled by default, so you can’t disable it forever. But there are a few tricks that can help you get your iPad screen back to full size.

To close Split View, tap the Multitasking button in the Safari window that you want to keep, then tap the full screen button. You can also drag the central app divider left or right over the Safari window that you want to close. 

You can also merge your Safari windows into a single one to enable full-screen mode. Just touch and hold the tabs button in the toolbar and tap Merge All Windows .

To go into more details about how to use split screen in Safari on your iPad, visit the Apple website . 

What to Do if Safari Opens in a Small Window

If a website opens as a small, narrow window off to the side, you likely have an instance of Safari opening in slide-over view.  

To make Safari full screen, pull down on the gray grab bar at the top of the browser view that allows you to transform the view into split screen. Then drag a central app divider all the way to the edge of the screen. 

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  1. Simple way to view Apple Mail Full Screen… - Apple Community

    I just discovered a simple way to view Apple Mail full screen. Simply rotate your screen from landscape to portrait mode the sidebar will disappear and you’ll just see the email itself. Want to see the sidebar again?

  2. Open Safari in full screen by default? - Apple Community

    I noticed when I did this the "minimize" button between the red and green open and close buttons at the top left turned yellow. It has previously been grayed out. Safari now opens "full screen" and I still have the menu bar visible at the top of the screen.

  3. Links open in small Safari window on iPad - Apple Community

    Whenever I open a link in email it no longer opens in full screen, but opens as a small, narrow window off to the side, that there is no way to close it except to get out of the app and go back in. How do I get my links to open up as full screen again?

  4. How to Get Full Screen on iPad: Simple Steps for an Enhanced ...

    If you’re using Safari, tap the full-screen icon in the lower right corner of a video or webpage. This icon usually looks like two outward-facing arrows. Tapping it will expand the content to fill your entire screen, removing toolbars and tabs.

  5. How to Get a Full Screen on iPad - Lifewire

    For Safari, you can hide the toolbar and the side panel for more space. But a small menu is always present. To get full-screen videos on an iPad, tap the square or arrows on the corner of the video player. This article explains the situations in which you can go full screen on iPad and how to do it.

  6. Can the iPad Mail app show the message list full screen?

    if the email has a link in it, click it to launch safari. At top left corner of the screen there is in small font an triangle/arrow you can click to return to the mail app. When I click on that it returns to the email in full screen without the email list pane on left side.

  7. Customize your Safari settings on iPad - Apple Support

    In Safari on iPad, you can customize your start page, change the text size on websites, and change display and privacy settings.

  8. How To Get Safari Full Screen On iPad | Robots.net

    Learn how to enable full-screen mode on Safari for iPad with these simple steps. Enhance your browsing experience and make the most of your device's screen real estate.

  9. How To Display Safari Full Screen On iPad | Robots.net

    Learn how to display Safari in full screen on your iPad with these simple steps. Maximize your browsing experience with this easy-to-follow guide.

  10. How to Get Full-Screen Mode in Safari on an iPad - iSpring

    Full-screen viewing looks more native and provides additional space for your content, while hiding all Safari elements but the main window. In this article, we provide a brief guide on how to view a website full screen on an iPad — and you won’t even need to change your iPad settings.