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Fitting the Workstation Console to the Virtual Machine Display

The View menu autofit and fit commands allow you to match the VMware Workstation console with the guest operating system display size.

View Menu Command


Autofit Window

This command causes the Workstation console to maintain the size of the virtual machine's display resolution. If the guest operating system changes its resolution, the Workstation console automatically resizes to match the new resolution.

Autofit Guest

This command causes the virtual machine to resize the guest display resolution to match the size of the Workstation console.

Fit Window Now

This command causes the Workstation console to match the current display size of the guest operating system.

Fit Guest Now

This command causes the guest operating system display size to match the current Workstation console.

† An autofit command is toggled on or off each time you select it. If both Autofit commands are toggled on, then you can manually resize the Workstation console, but the guest operating system can also resize the Workstation console

This command is redundant when one of the autofit options is active, because the console and the guest operating system display are the same size.

With both autofit commands toggled off, VMware Workstation does not automatically match window sizes as you work. Scroll bars appear in the console when the Workstation console is smaller than the guest operating system display. A black border appears in the console when the console is larger than the guest operating system display.

Special Considerations for Display Resizing in Linux Guests

Workstation 5.5 extends the display resizing features Autofit Guest and Fit Guest Now to Linux guests. For Linux guests, the following considerations apply to display resizing:

  • You must update VMware Tools to version 5.5 in the guest for the display resizing options to work.
  • To use the Autofit Guest and Fit Guest Now options, VMware Tools must be running.
  • If you have virtual machines that were suspended under a version of VMware Tools before version 5.5, display resizing will not work until the virtual machines are completely powered off and then powered on again. (Rebooting the virtual machine is not sufficient.) Powering the suspended virtual machines off and on can be done before or after updating VMware Tools.
  • Caution: If you update VMware Tools without powering off and powering on suspended virtual machines, and then attempt to resize the guest, the display will be corrupted

  • All the restrictions on resizing that the X11 Windows system imposes on physical hosts still apply to guests.
  • You cannot resize to a mode that is not defined. The VMware Tools configuration script will add a large number of mode lines, but you will not get 1-pixel granularity as in Windows. VMware Tools adds modelines in 100-pixel increments. This means you cannot resize a guest larger than the largest mode defined in your X11 configuration file. If you attempt to resize larger, a black border will appear and the guest will stop growing.
  • The X server always starts up in the largest resolution that is defined. This cannot be avoided. The XDM/KDM/GDM login screen will always appear at the largest size. But both Gnome and KDE allow you to specify your preferred resolution, so you can reduce the guest display size after you log in.
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