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Using VMware Workstation 10 on Windows, I've read "Use Multiple Monitors for One Virtual Machine" and managed to make it work as described when running the machine in Full Screen mode.

What I would love to have is the same behavior for running the VMware guest in "windowed" mode (i.e. non-Full-Screen mode):

  • Configure 2 monitors.
  • VMware shows two windows, one for each configured "virtual" monitor.

Is this possible?

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Good question. I don't know the answer immediately but am interested to know the solution if any. I own VMware Workstation 10 also and might play around with it a bit when I get home. Upvoted. Might also google around a bit to try and find an answer for you. –  allquixotic Nov 26 '13 at 15:28
Thanks a lot, @allquixotic. My "research" (read: Googling) lead to no usable results, unfortunately. –  Uwe Keim Nov 26 '13 at 15:30

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I never tried it too, but I gave 90% of a "yes" answer. And I gave a 90% chance too, that you will very happy, I you try the "unity" feature of the vmware workstation. That makes possible to the apps on your guest to simply show their windows on your host.

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Thanks. Usually, this would be sufficient. In my scenario, I have to test an app how it behaves when running on a system with multiple monitors (desktops), so Unity mode does not help me here, unfortunately to do a realistic test (compared to a HW box with two monitors). –  Uwe Keim Nov 26 '13 at 20:23

As far as I know you can only have multiple monitors if your host machine has multiple monitors in VMWare. I would agree and say that being able to have multiple virtual windows on one host monitor would be useful for windows. However, in linux you can freely display all work-spaces at once and adjust amount as needed so it would really only prove useful for windows.

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Thanks, Mike. Would be sufficient for me, if it is useful for Windows only ;-) –  Uwe Keim Dec 23 '13 at 17:51

I haven't found a way to do this in VMWare as of Feb 2015, but it's easy to do with Virtualbox, if that becomes a primary requirement for you.

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Open two separate VMware Workstation applications, put one on the first monitor and the second on the other monitor.

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