Esc

My friend Barak Sh says:

… probably around 99.9% of the world’s population already knows that you should “press ESC to exit full screen mode” in YouTube. Isn’t it time to stop showing this extremely annoying message?

I would probably disagree and say that assuming such a thing about 99.9% is too bold, but…

I’m teaching my father (62) to use the Internet. I had to explain him many times what is spam, what are tabs in the browser, what are links, how to write a subject in an email and how to save email attachments to a local folder. Very simple things, but he’s still not so sure about most of them.

But he immediately understood that pressing ESC exits full-screen mode in YouTube! And he applied this knowledge to sport5.co.il (nonstandard).

So he’s probably not too far off the mark.

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2 Responses to “Esc”


  1. 1 NG 2010-02-20 at 09:43

    Actually, pressing ESC doesn’t come intuitively for me to leave full-screen mode, and I’ve been using computers daily since the late 1980s. In Quicktime for Mac, I enter and leave full-screen mode by pressing CMD-F. In VLC for Mac, I enter and leave full-screen mode by the same method or by double clicking the movie window. I just checked and was quite surprised to learn that ESC exits full-screen mode in both programs.

  2. 2 Shlomi Fish 2010-02-21 at 15:19

    Steven wright once said that “42.7% of all statistics are made up on the spot.”. That’s why I’m cautious about flinging those “99%”‘s, “99.9%”‘s and their ilk.


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