You can configure Workstation Pro display preferences to control how the display settings of all virtual machines adjust to fit the Workstation Pro window. These adjustments occur when you resize the Workstation Pro window or when you change the display settings in the guest operating system.

Before you begin

Verify that the latest version of VMware Tools is installed in all guest operating systems.

Procedure

  1. Select Edit > Preferences and select Display.

    If you are using Windows 8.1 (Update 2) or Windows 10, Workstation Pro detects the DPI on each monitor and scales the virtual machine to match the DPI on the host.

  2. Configure the Autofit options.

    You can select one option, both options, or no options.

    Option

    Description

    Autofit window

    Resize the application window to match the virtual machine display settings when the virtual machine display settings are changed.

    Autofit guest

    Change the virtual machine settings to match the application window when the application window is resized.

  3. Select a full screen option.

    Option

    Description

    Autofit guest (change guest resolution)

    Virtual machine resolution settings change to match the display settings of the host system when you are in full screen mode.

    Stretch guest (no resolution change)

    Virtual machine resolution settings are retained, but the display still changes to fill the full screen. Select this setting if you need to retain low-resolution settings, for example, when playing older computer games that run only at low resolutions.

    Center guest (no resolution change)

    The host system and virtual machines retain their own display settings when you are in full screen mode.

  4. Select menu and toolbar options.

    You can select one or more options, or no options.

    Option

    Description

    Use a single button for power controls

    (Windows hosts only) When this setting is selected, the start, stop, suspend, and reset power controls appear on the toolbar as a single button with a drop-down menu. When this setting is deselected, each power control has a separate button on the toolbar.

    Combine toolbar with menu bar in windowed mode

    Show the Workstation Pro menus and toolbar on a single bar when Workstation Pro is in windowed mode.

    Combine tabs with toolbar in full screen

    Show the tabs and toolbar in a single bar when Workstation Pro is in full screen mode.

    Show toolbar edge when unpinned in full screen

    Show the edge of the full screen toolbar. When this setting is deselected, the edge of the full screen toolbar is not visible. The full screen toolbar appears for a few seconds when you place your cursor near the top of the screen.

  5. Click OK to save your changes.