Display modes in Parallels Desktop

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Parallels Desktop offers a variety of display modes, that provide different combinations of display resolution and scaling.

Best for Retina

This mode provides the best possible picture on Retina displays, but it may not be suited for legacy Windows applications that do not support high pixel density displays.


In this mode, the reduced resolution allows for higher performance and better compatibility for legacy Windows applications.

Best for external displays (More Space)

This mode is similar to "Best for Retina", but it gives you more control over the scaling factor.

For information regarding resolution issues in Windows virtual machines, please see KB 114700

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