How can I change the screen resolution in a VMware Virtual Machine running Ubuntu to be able to view it in full-screen?

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    Your title is really confusing. Are you asking how to install Ubuntu in VMWare in the first place, or do you just need to know how to make it fullscreen? – TheWanderer May 5 '15 at 17:10
  • If the above still won't work try to increase the video card memory in VM settings. It worked for me. – user572325 Jul 25 '16 at 16:30
  • No answer did work for me, I still see the console confined into a small box with long black margins inside VMware. Is there an updated solution for this? – user1156544 Sep 25 '17 at 7:37

It will work best, if you install the VMWare Tools. There is a kb article for you: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1022525

This will enable some features like shared clipboard.


In the newer vmware versions goto view-> autosize-> autofit guest and in older versions go to view and press "Switch to scale mode" which will adjust the virtual screen when you adjust the application.

Hope it will solve your problem.


To view Ubuntu in fullscreen inside VMware, follow these steps after enabling 3D acceleration in VMware:

  1. Install VMware tools in Ubuntu to enable dynamic screen re-sizing

  2. Change the display option to "Automatic/host screen"

  3. Ctrl+Alt+Enter to enable/disable full-screen mode.

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    You need to restart VM in order that to take effect – FindOutIslamNow Sep 7 '16 at 12:26

Just Install VMware Tool using sudo apt install open-vm-tools this will enable you clipboard copy paste, full screen and lots of features.


Go to Settings->Display->Choose a 16:9 aspect ratio. Done. You can choose the optimal resolution as well to get best out of your monitor/screen.

  1. install vmware tools: sudo ./vmware-install.pl -d
  2. settings - Devices - Displays - Resolution select it, and move dialog box to right: click applay.

settings image


After "ctrl + alt + enter", just 3 steps. 1 step, find&click "View" menu on menu bar. 2 step, find&click "Autosize" menu 3 setp, find&click "Stretch guest" menu.

so u will see full screen.

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