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I had a Google Hangout with a friend today. There were 3 windows: one "big" with her, one small with me, one small with her. Even the "big" window was small, less that a quarter of my screen (at "best resolution for retina display"). I could not find a full-screen button, nor did clicking any of the buttons on the Hangout screen do anything.

I am running OS X 10.8.2, she's running Windows XP SP3. I am on Google+, she is not. We both are upgraded to the latest version of the Google talk video plugin.

Has anyone else had this problem? How do I make the screen larger?

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Here's a simple solution..

I'm using Chrome for this. (I'm sure all other browsers will work just the same.)

Once you have a hangout window open press the "F11" button. This will make your video somewhat larger. Then take it one step further. Now press & keep it pressed down your "Ctrl" button while pressing the "-" button till you blow up the main video screen. (Of course, to exit out of all of this you'll need to press the "Esc" button to excape. & then the "Ctrl" button plus the "+" until things look normal again in the hangout browser. That way you can better see your navigation to the left again.)

Also, from my experience by doing this. I'm still able to surf in another window of the the same browser with out affecting the size of anything. Meaning, when you make your video smaller or larger in the "Hangout window" it will NOT affect all other opened windows of the same browser.

Hope this has helped you.

This "will" solve your problem.

Best of luck!

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so weird! very counter-intuitive, I was trying to use the CTRL+, the CTRL- works, well, better, still crappy resolution, but I can make out characters now... –  BillyNair Dec 15 '13 at 6:33
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If you're using Chrome, there's an extension called "Toggle Fullscreen for Hangout", which works well, and makes it truly fullscreen (by double clicking the main video). Unfortunately, I can't find an alternative for Firefox.

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She tried the hangout on a faster machine, and all was well. Perhaps if the machine is old and can't keep up with video, Hangout will try to get results by using a smaller window.

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This doesn't seem to be related to the question you originally posted, is this a comment you would like to make to the question? –  Hydra Feb 19 '13 at 14:21
    
I asked if I could make Hangout fullscreen, because it was an unusually small window and none of the buttons in it worked. When the person on the other end changed to a faster computer, my Hangout was now fullscreen and the buttons worked. So her change answered my question. –  dfrankow Feb 19 '13 at 18:00
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You can try to install this Chrome extension to make the video in full screen. Just make sure to restart chrome to make it work.

Toggle Fullscreen in Hangout

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