If the host system has multiple monitors, you can configure a virtual machine to use multiple monitors. You can use the multiple-monitor feature when the virtual machine is in full screen mode.


You do not need to use the Windows display properties settings in a Windows guest operating system to configure multiple monitors.

Verify that the virtual machine is a Workstation 6.x or later virtual machine.

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

Verify that the guest operating system is Windows XP or higher, or Linux.

Power off the virtual machine.


Select Edit > Preferences.


Select Display, select Autofit guest, and click OK.

This setting causes the virtual machine display settings to match the application window when the application window is resized.


If the virtual machine is set to be restored from a snapshot and background snapshots are enabled, select Edit > Preferences > Priority. Deselect Take snapshots in the background when possible and Restore snapshots in the background when possibleand click OK.

Displaying the virtual machine on two monitors might not work correctly if these setting are enabled.


Power on the virtual machine and select View > Full Screen.


On the full screen toolbar, click the Choose a Monitor Layout button.

If the host system has more than two monitors, the Choose a Monitor Layout button provides a drop-down menu of monitor layouts. The monitors that are part of each layout are marked with a Workstation icon.

The Choose a Monitor Layout button is available when the guest is Linux, or Windows Vista or later. For other guests, or if the host has two monitors, use the Cycle Multiple Monitors button to change the monitor layout.

On a Windows host, you can mouse over a button on the toolbar to see its name.

The guest operating system desktop extends to the additional monitor or monitors.


(Optional) If the virtual machine display does not resize correctly, select View > Autosize > Autofit Guest.