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How to disable the Dock/the Mac OS X menu when working in Full Screen?

  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition


By default, when you switch Windows to Full Screen, Windows is set to operate in the OS X native Full Screen mode.

If you do not want the menu bar and Dock to appear: To prevent the Dock or the Mac OS X menu bar from appearing when you move the mouse pointer to the top/bottom of the screen:

  1. Open virtual machine configuration.

  2. Switch to Options tab > Full Screen.

  3. For Parallels Desktop 12 and above make sure that Optimize full screen for games option is checked.


    For Parallels Desktop 10 or 11 disable the Use OS X Full Screen option.


Once you have completed the above, Windows will work in Full Screen designed by Parallels and the OS X menu bar or Dock won't appear.

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