Comprehensive advice on your computer and software problems and questions, this video will focus on how to make VMware full
screen in Compiz fusion.
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Carrie Webb: Next question is from Adrian Callaghan. I hope I'm saying your name right.
Robbie Ferguson: Hi, Adrian.
Carrie Webb: Adrian says, “Hello, I have to manage to successfully run Windows XP Pro within VMWare.”
Robbie Ferguson: Sorry, I was just joking.
Carrie Webb: Is that awesome?
Robbie Ferguson: No, I have successfully been able to run Windows XP Pro.
Carrie Webb: Oh?
Robbie Ferguson: If it was a full stop, it would have been like—
Carrie Webb: Good job, I've done that too. So yeah, he says, “I've managed to run Windows XP Pro with VMWare player on Ubuntu Compiz but unfortunately unlike your YouTube demonstration the virtualization remains within a window.
Robbie Ferguson: Oh, yes.
Carrie Webb: And forces me to exit full screen every time I switch between work spaces.
Robbie Ferguson: Do you know what they’re talking about? Okay, Ubuntu Compiz that is I think what they’re referring to here. Yeah, but twirly here he calls it. We’re going to make a new Carrie dictionary.
Carrie Webb: If you can say winky-dinky I can say twirly.
Robbie Ferguson: The cube/twirly.
Carrie Webb: Right.
Robbie Ferguson: So what’s happening there is that they’ve got the virtualization up so the Windows XP window in VMWare and then when they try to switch like this like I did in YouTube way back in the day in to your old video it’s basically shrinking it down. So I just like you to know Adrian what I did in that video because I was using VMWare workstation. What is happening is when you're changing your Windows, when you're changing you're holding your Ctrl and Alt key.
You see the Ctrl-Alt key and then you're using your mouse at that point to spin that cue. With the Ctrl-Alt key is also your release from full screen for VMWare so you’ve got two choices. One, you can change your hot keys which I wouldn’t recommend or you can use what’s called quick switch mode as opposed to full screen. Quick switch is going to still blow it up full screen but it’s not going to force you out of that full screen when you hit Ctrl-Alt just being your cube.
You still need to hit Ctrl-Alt first in VMWare to release your mouse cursor and then you're holding Ctrl-Alt and spin your cube and you’ll be fine but you won’t lose that full screen illusion. You can also use a program called VirtualBox which is getting progressively better and better. They really fix up the networking if you heard that there’s bad and it is working now bridge so it’s really quite nice and the difference with that is that the default release key is your Ctrl key on the right hand side of your keyboard.
So by hitting that you release your mouse and then you can hold Ctrl and Alt and spin your cube so you never have to worry about leaving that full screen. So that’s all that is happening is that you’re just releasing full screen every time you hit Ctrl-Alt because that’s the hot key in VMWare so switch to quick switch mode. See if that works for you.