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When I load my VM with the Guest OS, Parallels Desktop for Mac's window size changes, and it becomes difficult to use the my virtual machine. How can I fix it?

  • Parallels Desktop 3 for Mac Standard Edition
  • Parallels Desktop 2.x for Mac Standard Edition


  • You can just use the common MacOS X window resizing operation by dragging the corner of the Parallels window.

  • Also you can resize the window by changing the screen resolution in the guest OS display settings:

      1. Right-click your Windows XP desktop

      2. Select "Properties" in the appeared menu

      3. Select "Settings" tab in the window appeared

      4. Set the "Screen Resolution" slider to lower value, e.g. 800x600

  • Additionally, please open Parallels, go to Preferences, Appearance menu and uncheck "Change Mac OS X resolution".

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