How to Watch HTML5 Videos in Full Screen

Many developers believe that at least in the online video streaming arena, HTML5 will replace Flash which has become the industry standard for online videos. Sometimes users have problems with Flash videos and face browser crashes; this will not be a problem with HTML5. Furthermore Flash is Adobe’s; it is a propriety plug-in whereas HTML5 […]


Many developers believe that at least in the online video streaming arena, HTML5 will replace Flash which has become the industry standard for online videos. Sometimes users have problems with Flash videos and face browser crashes; this will not be a problem with HTML5. Furthermore Flash is Adobe’s; it is a propriety plug-in whereas HTML5 is an Open Web technology. Due to this companies would prefer working with HTML5 rather than Flash.

Browser support for HTML5 videos is currently underway. Only a handful of browsers let users view HTML5 videos. One of these browsers is Chrome.

If you are a Chrome user wanting to view HTML5 videos, then two great websites to do this are YouTube and Dailymotion. Many of the videos on these sites can be viewed in HTML5 however there are still quite a few Flash ones.

If you are watching an HTML5 video and want to view it in full screen, you will not be able to find a button or tool within the browser player to do this. We discovered a Chrome extension that performs this function and is called FullScreen.

FullScreen places its icon in the Chrome address bar which users can click while watching a HTML5 video to maximum it to the entire browser tab. Here is how it looks like

Consider this image of an HTML5 video (on Youtube) being played in Chrome:

After clicking the extension’s icon, the video fills the entire area of the tab as in the image below:

Once the entire area has been filled by the video, users can press the F11 key on their keyboard to view Chrome’s ‘full screen’ feature and view the video in full screen.

This way in just one mouse click and key press, Chrome users are able to enjoy HTML5 video in full screen view.

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