How to switch between full-screen mode and window mode in Virtual PC for Mac

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This article describes how to switch between full-screen mode and window mode in Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac.

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To switch to full-screen mode

  1. Bring the PC window to the front.
  2. Use one of the following procedures:
    • In Virtual PC 6.x, click Full Screen Mode on the Control menu.
    • In Virtual PC 7.x, click Full Screen Mode on the PC menu.
  3. Click Continue if a warning message box appears.

To switch to window mode

  1. Press COMMAND to view the Mac menu bar.
  2. Use one of the following procedures:
    • In Virtual PC 6.x, click Windowed Mode on the Control menu.
    • In Virtual PC 7.x, click Windowed Mode on the PC menu.

To switch between full-screen and window mode

Press COMMAND+RETURN.

Virtual machine display modes

The virtual machine has two display modes:
  • Window mode
  • Full-screen mode
In window mode, the virtual machine appears in a window on the Macintosh desktop. Virtual PC for Mac provides a special window resizing feature for virtual machines that are running Microsoft Windows with Virtual PC Additions installed. When you resize the window that contains the virtual machine, the window snaps to the next standard Windows screen resolution. To resize to a non-standard screen resolution, hold down the COMMAND key while you drag to resize the window. To include scroll bars in a reduced size window, hold down the OPTION key while you drag to resize the window.

Note Some Windows applications have unpredictable behavior at some non-standard screen resolutions.

In full-screen mode, the virtual machine display replaces the Macintosh desktop. The full-screen mode preference specifies the video display behavior.

Note To view the Apple Menu Bar, hold down the COMMAND key.

Important When you change the display mode of the frontmost virtual machine, the change applies to the monitor that contains that virtual machine. You cannot change the display mode of that monitor by bringing a different virtual machine to the front.

If more than one monitor is attached to your Mac and you change the display mode of one of the monitors, the other monitors do not change. To change the display mode for a particular monitor, that monitor must contain the frontmost virtual machine.

For additional information about dynamic resizing, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824663 Problems with dynamic resizing of the desktop on a Windows-based virtual machine

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Article ID: 839866 - Last Review: September 10, 2011 - Revision: 3.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac Version 7
  • Microsoft Virtual PC for Mac Version 6.1
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