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We would like to use Google Hangouts for corporate multi-user communication, mainly for screensharing. The default setting does not support fullscreen mode, the only option is to resize the browser window to fullscreen (F11). Unfortunatelly with this the screen share size is still not big enough.

Is there any way way to use Hangouts in fullscreen mode?

Skype is not an option because the free version does not support multi-user webcam/screenshare conference.

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This is not supported at the moment.

However, I found this Google+ post from a Google employee that involves a little hacking to get it done for On Air Hangouts. Haven't tried this myself though.

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Even if you could do this, the quality may not be what you expect. The screenshare is done by sending the screen image into a video stream, rather than trying to send a screen image itself. The video streaming is better tuned to handle actual video from a camera, and is of a resolution (640x360) that is probably far smaller than most screens you'd like to share.

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Apparently (from here) if you zoom out (CTRL+-) when in full-screen mode the screen resolution is shared in higher quality. Zoom to something like 50%. I tried recording a screen-sharing video straight to YouTube using this method and it seemed to work. Don't forget to zoom back out when you're done (CTRL++).

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