Missing Minimize / Maximize / Close Buttons

For Lightroom 1-4

Lightroom has several screen modes. You can cycle through them by pressing the F key. Two of the modes (Full Screen and Full Screen with Menu) hide the minimize, maximize and close buttons at the top of the application window. You’d be surprised how many people “lose” them and have trouble getting out of Lightroom.

So, if yours are missing pressing F will cycle you back to Standard Screen Mode eventually or you can jump right to it by pressing Cmd/Ctrl+Option/Alt+F.


New to Lightroom 5

Lightroom 5 still has several screen modes, but Adobe changed up the keyboard shortcuts a bit. Now just pressing F takes you to the new true full screen mode, where just the selected photo fills the screen. Press F again to go back to where you were. To cycle through the other screen modes you need to hold the Shift key and press F.

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  1. Ed Hammock November 13, 2008 at 7:04 am #

    Thank you so much, I’ve just ‘found my buttons’ Sadly long gone are the days when if you spent the money to buy a piece of software you got a ‘Bible’ of a manual for bed time reading!!!

  2. Ray Rippel April 27, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    Wow. I’m embarrassed, but not so much not to be grateful. Thanks!

  3. Ed May 18, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    Thank you my friend!

  4. John August 21, 2010 at 5:34 am #

    Thanks for this, basic if you know how, but a pain if you don’t, once again thenks

  5. laanba November 1, 2010 at 6:53 pm #

    Ugh. Thank you so much. I’ve been frustrated for more than a day because of this. I need to say a big Homer Simpson D’oh because I obviously hit the F key by accident.

  6. Lui04 November 2, 2010 at 8:54 am #

    Thank you

  7. Tom December 31, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Thanks. Saved me a huge headache trying to figure that out. And it was so simple. Last time that happened I was on a call with Apple tech support and I was reinstalling stuff. And all I had to do was press the F key. Unbelievable.

    • Rob December 31, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      Happy to help! This has to be in the top ten questions I get about Lightroom, so you are in good company.

  8. Chris August 29, 2011 at 11:14 pm #

    I was wondering about this for two years (no kidding). Thanks a million.

  9. Andy Mars November 26, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    I love google…for this reason! I never would have figured out the missing buttons otherwise & this great website!!!!

  10. Tania February 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

    Wow thanks so much!

  11. Balastrea September 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    A BIG thank you! I thought I was going to have to re-install lightroom haha.

  12. Brent November 4, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    I was pulling my hair out over this (not much left to pull). Thanks for posting this.

  13. Sarah-fiona December 16, 2012 at 2:32 am #

    Had downloaded and installed latest update for Lightroom and these buttons were missing. Thank you a million times over for posting the simple solution – so so appreciated!!!

  14. Zack Jones January 1, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    Thanks for posting this! You’re a life saver (well you and Google, that is) :).

  15. Murph February 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    Thank you Rob.

    OMG, F, whoda thunk it.

    Going into the corner now for a bit……

  16. Hala April 5, 2013 at 3:42 pm #

    Thank you!!

  17. Charles Lloyd August 10, 2013 at 7:16 am #

    Years later some of are still using your tip.

    Thank you.

  18. Nab November 15, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks :)

  19. Garry April 21, 2014 at 2:19 pm #

    This thread still being useful, Thanks so much

  20. Steve April 24, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    Thanks!!!! Spent way too much time resolving this one.

  21. Heather May 27, 2014 at 8:37 am #

    Thank YOU! Thank YOU! Thank YOU!

  22. Kevin June 4, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    I know everybody else has thanked you, and another comment of similar appreciation might seem a bit of a waste, but just in case you’ve not got the message yet … THANK YOU!

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