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How can I make VMware player run the VM in full screen in windows? I'm using VMware Player 4.0.2.

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@wizlog please don't edit questions in such a way that you change the original meaning. The user had asked how to put it into fullscreen, and you changed it to say maximized, which led to some answers below that misinterpreted that. – nhinkle Jan 31 '12 at 2:36
@user Apologies, I (mistakenly) thought the only difference was the word choice, not the meaning of the question. – wizlog Jan 31 '12 at 17:48
@nhinkle Now I realize how easy it is to change the meaning of the question, and will be more careful going forward. – wizlog Jan 31 '12 at 17:48
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You can use the maximize button on the top right hand side of the window:

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You'll also need VMWare Tools installed on the guest in order to have the VM resize the desktop accordingly.

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that doesn't make it fullscreen & it only makes use of half of screen & the rest area is just black.. – user01 Jan 30 '12 at 7:15
@user It works on my machine. Are you sure you have VMWare Tools installed on the VM? – Nils Magne Lunde Jan 30 '12 at 7:24

You can use Ctrl-Alt-Enter shortcut. If you have vmware tools in guest installed it will change screen resolution to match one of host.

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I just had the same problem as you did. Here is my solution:

I installed Ubuntu in the VMware player. You just right click, and click "Change Desktop Background", and click "all setting" at upper left corner. Click "Displays" and change the resolution to 2560 by 1600.

Hope this solves your problem. Thanks

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Does this work if Windows (or any other OS) is installed on the VM? Does the resolution have to be 2560x1600, or can it be the max resolution of the monitor? – Cfinley Jun 16 '15 at 20:17

It works by changing resolution of monitor. Keep monitor resolution as your system configuration

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What works by changing monitor resolution? What do you mean by "keep monitor resolution as your system configuration"? How is this a solution to the question? – fixer1234 Jun 10 at 6:04
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