Talk:Full screen (Internet Explorer)
I spent a long time trying to find this information. It's not readily available in the Vista help file on my computer. And I even overlooked it at first because it said press the 'H' key, which didn't work for me. But then I saw that there is an "Auto-Hide" command on the menu.
I have no idea why this option is hidden like this. I couldn't find it in Tools | Internet Options | Advanced either.
We need more about getting out of full screen mode - or back into it.
A mode in computer terms is a situation where the user is "stuck" in a particularly, usually confining, interaction. It can be difficult to get out of the mode, especially if the user has no idea how to do it. Most keyboards have an Escape key, and that will free the user from most modes, but smart phones typically lack this feature.
Time for another lecture on the "lay of the land". This article, as it stands now, is utterly non-encyclopedic. Ed Poor used to make a great number of articles of the "tips and tricks" kind, that seemed to be intended as notes to himself, made public in case anyone else had the same problem. If you look around at his contributions, you'll see many of them, though it probably isn't worth looking around. It seems that, whenever Ed ran into a problem on his computer (and we all do!) he would write up his fix and publish it here, overlooking the fact that what he wrote up was actually incredibly narrow in its focus. He seemed not to understand the difference between an encyclopedia article and something you write on a sticky-note and stick on your computer. His article on Mode (computer) was typical. He obviously got stuck in some "mode" of some program and had a hard time. The term "mode" in computer terms is actually much much more general than that. He did not do justice to the term at all.
I once got in a fight with him over his laziness in this regard. Something about the "dock" on the Mac, and its connection with the "taskbar" in Windows, or something like that. I said something to the effect that it took me only 5 minutes to do the research on the general problem, even though I don't have a Mac. He took umbrage and blocked me, as I recall. I'm only writing this because he's long gone and there are now people (that is, you) who are willing to do the necessary research to put together a good presentation of computer topics.
So, aside from complaining about Ed Poor, what was it I want to say? Something like this: Many programs have multiple modes of operation--for example, showing individual mail messages vs. showing a summary page. The way these modes operate, and the way one transitions among them, is extremely varied. Handling modes like this is a complex problem of software UI design; some programs do it well and others not so well.
- What I mean here is that it is totally not worth describing a solution that only works for Internet Explorer 8. IE 8 is probably obsolete, and may no longer work that way in any case. It's only worth doing this stuff if one puts together comprehensive articles about many OS's and applications. A daunting task, but that seems to be what you are doing.
But there is one mode that many programs that display videos have in common: "full screen mode". The way to get into this depends on just how the program is designed, but usually involves clicking on some button. But, once you are in "full screen mode", the program tries not to use any screen space for further buttons, since it is trying to dedicate the entire screen to the video. It is common for such programs to adhere to the convention that pressing the "escape" key gets out of full-screen mode.
As usual, good luck, and keep up the good work.
- That does well explain why this is as it is. I didn't want to be careless with someone else's work, but I thought it should at least be shelved in a somewhat less prominent place until it could be improved. I found several of them like this in category:Computer tips which at least need improvement, but this seemed to be worst offender because of it's name as well as content. If you have better thoughts on what to do here, feel free! Otherwise, I guess I'll just do a move and (hopefully) improve.