Search for:

Available article translations:

Virtual Machine display resolution issues on portable Macs with Retina display

  • Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac
  • Parallels Desktop Enterprise


I have a MacBook with Retina display and I experience some of these screen resolution issues in Windows virtual machine:

  • Windows screen resolution is low - the screen looks blurry
  • Windows icons are very small or big
  • Windows screen resolution is very high - everything looks tiny
  • You have an external display connected to your portable Mac computer


Windows operating systems (as well as others) were not adapted to such high pixels density (DPI). Learn more about MacBook Pro Retina display: Frequently asked questions about using a Retina display


Parallels Desktop provides enhanced Retina display support for Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines.

In Mac menu go to Actions (Virtual Machine in older versions) ► Configure...HardwareVideo to see Resolution options for your virtual machine.

Please use the instructions below to solve display issues on a MacBook Pro with Retina display:

Note: The Resolution settings shown on the pictures apply to Windows 7 and Windows 8 virtual machines. Resolution options are different for Windows XP and Windows Vista virtual machines.

You may also learn how to change DPI scaling in Windows in this article Make the text on your screen larger or smaller

Troubleshooting: Windows image is blurry or scaled

Your text to link here...

Troubleshooting: Windows resolution is too high

Your text to link here...

Troubleshooting: Windows Fonts ans icons are too big or too small

Your text to link here...

Related article:

Search words:

Some windows do not look properly in Parallels Desktop. Also when clicking Alt+Tab, the displayed list of windows does not look properly. I attached a screenshot of a Window not displaying properly, but I could not find a way to take a screenshot of Alt+Tab problem.

1e5db16426987d561060acdf56d947b4 33c4522b6fa9ca8e050f19b889fb58f1 48e7cf384e3b46432e32e6040476f122 b6039cd4c5ab78d50494b1080d14b180 fb0e3c3e2247964007f03acae43ffd0d 790d27220dd34433ff172f45c18cfb98

Was this article helpful?
Tell us how we may improve it.
Yes No
Desktop Virtualization
- Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac
- Parallels Transporter
- Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition
- Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition
- Parallels Management-Mac for Microsoft SCCM
Server Virtualization
- Parallels Cloud Server
- Parallels Containers for Windows 6.0
- Parallels Virtuozzo Containers
- Parallels Automation
- Parallels Automation for Cloud Infrastructure
- Parallels Business Automation Standard
- Parallels Virtual Automation
- Parallels Plesk Panel Suite
- Web Presence Builder
- Parallels Plesk Automation
- Parallels Small Business Panel
- Value-added Services for Hosters
- Parallels Partner Storefront
Services & Resources
- Cloud Acceleration Services
- Professional Services
- Support Services
- Training & Certification