How to Make a VirtualBox Machine Go Fullscreen

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Oracle's VirtualBox virtual machine manager program runs guest operating systems inside the operating system on your computer. Each guest operating system has its own virtual hardware and normally runs in a window on your desktop. You can also use a virtual machine in full-screen mode, covering up the rest of your desktop. You can switch to full-screen mode using a menu option or a keyboard shortcut, but you can only exit full-screen mode with the keyboard shortcut.

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  1. 1

    Start a VirtualBox virtual machine by double-clicking its name in the VirtualBox window.

  2. 2

    Click the "Machine" menu and click "Switch to Fullscreen" or press the "Ctrl" key at the right side of your keyboard and press "F" at the same time.

  3. 3

    Click the "Switch" button in the confirmation window that appears.

Tips and warnings

  • You can exit full-screen mode by pressing the "Ctrl" key at the right side of your keyboard and pressing "F" at the same time. If this doesn't work, you might be using a custom host key. You can read the name of the host key you're using at the lower-right corner of the virtual machine's window. The host key is "Right Control" by default.

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