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Taking Advantage of Multiple Monitors

Taking Advantage of Multiple Monitors

If your host has a standard multiple monitor display, you can run separate sets of virtual machines on each of the monitors. To use two monitors, launch two instances of VMware Workstation. Start one or more virtual machines in each VMware Workstation window, then drag each VMware Workstation window to the monitor on which you want to use it. For the largest possible screen display, switch each of the windows to quick switch mode (View > Quick Switch).

To switch mouse and keyboard input from the virtual machine on the first screen to the virtual machine on the second screen, move the mouse pointer from one to the other. You do not need to take any special steps if VMware Tools is running in both guest operating systems and if you are using the default settings for grabbing input. If you have changed the defaults, you may need to press Ctrl-Alt to release the mouse pointer from the first virtual machine, move it to the second virtual machine, then click in the second virtual machine so it will grab control of mouse and keyboard input.

Note: Multiple monitor support is experimental in this release of VMware Workstation. It does not work properly with some third-party desktop management software or display drivers.

Note: If you switch to full screen mode, VMware Workstation always uses the primary display. To use multiple monitors, you must use either the normal (windowed) mode or quick switch mode.

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