Like full screen mode, exclusive mode causes the Workstation virtual machine display to fill the screen. You might want to use exclusive mode to run graphics-intensive applications, such as games, in full screen mode.

Exclusive mode has certain advantages and limitations.

The full screen toolbar is not engaged when you move the mouse to the top of the screen. To configure virtual machine settings, you must exit exclusive mode.

When input is grabbed by the virtual machine, only the ungrab shortcut is respected. You can change the ungrab shortcut to reduce the chance of unintentionally pressing it.

On a Windows host, exclusive mode does not use multiple monitors.

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

Power on the virtual machine.

If you have multiple monitors, move the Workstation window onto the monitor to use for exclusive mode.

Enter full screen mode. See Use Full Screen Mode.


Enter full screen mode.


Select View > Exclusive Mode from the full screen toolbar.

To exit exclusive mode, press Ctrl+Alt.

On a Windows or Linux host, pressing Ctrl+Alt returns you to full screen mode.