How to start virtual machine only on the second display in Full Screen mode.

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Every time when I start my virtual machine it appears at the Mac display, but I want to start my virtual machine only on the external display in the Full Screen mode.


Mac and virtual machine misconfiguration.


To resolve the issue please do the following:

  1. Right-click on Parallels Desktop icon in Dock > Options > Desktop on Display 2.
  2. Shut down virtual machine and go to configuration > Options > Startup and Shutdown > Startup View > Select Full Screen.

  3. In Options tab go to Full Screen > Disable Use all displays in full screen.

  4. Run your virtual machine.


As an alternative resource on this topic, we also recommend visiting this blog post:

Using External Displays in Parallels Desktop

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