by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 3, 2013)
When you are editing a document, you can't help but notice that there is a lot of space at the top of the browser window that is taken up with "administrative" elements. It is here that you'll find (for instance) the document name, the menu bar, and a host of icons.
If you don't want to give over so much screen space to these elements, Docs allows you to hide them so that you can edit in a larger area. To gain control over this space, simply click View at the top of the screen and then choose Full Screen. The controls are hidden and you can use the maximum space possible for your document editing. When you want to once again see the controls, the easiest way is to press the Esc key.
Hiding the controls in this manner enlarges the editing area, but you may be able to get the area even larger. All you need to do is look at enlarging the window used by whatever browser you are using. You could even maximize the browser window, which causes it to take all the space on your entire screen.