How to Make macOS Catalina Full-Screen on VMware in Windows 10

How to Make macOS Catalina Full-Screen on VMware (Windows 10: 2021)

In our previous post, you have learned the method to install macOS Catalina on VMware Workstation 10 Pro. Meanwhile, as you might have noticed that the macOS Catalina virtual machine (VM) isn’t in full-screen mode or in full resolution. However, in this post, we will are going to guide you on how to make macOS Catalina full-screen on VMware Workstation or how to fix macOS Catalina screen resolution on VMware Workstation 16 Pro.

In the meantime, to enter full-screen mode on VMware for macOS Catalina, you will need to install VMware Tools. But before that, let’s have some information about VMware Tools first.

VMware Tools Overview

It gives the user a better understanding of how the macOS operating system works on Windows. As a result, if the VMware utility isn’t installed on Mac OS X Catalina, you won’t be able to copy-paste the files inside. However, the VMware tool is called Darwin and is designed specifically for VMware Workstation. If you like to copy-paste, share, or bind when installing any operating system on VMware Workstation. As a result, you’ll need to use the VMware utility to get more features.

VMware Tools is a set of utilities that increases the performance of the virtual machine’s guest operating system and simplifies virtual machine management. Without VMware Tools built-in your guest operating system, your guests’ experience suffers. Installing VMware Tools fixes or boosts the following problems:

  • The low resolution of the video.
  • Depth of color insufficient
  • False Network Speed Show
  • Movement of the mouse restricted
  • Copying and pasting and removing files simply refuse.
  • Sound missing
  • Enables hardware virtualization system to take quiet snapshots
  • Syncs the guest operating system time with the host time

How to Make macOS Catalina Full-Screen on VMware Workstation

So, to enter or make full-screen mode on VMware for macOS Catalina, you must install VMware Tools within the VMware Workstation virtual machine.

Here’s how it’s done:

Step 1. Launch the VMware virtual machine, select macOS Catalina VM and click on Power on this virtual machine.

Step 2. Now, click on the Install macOS Catalina on the top right-hand corner and select Eject “Install macOS Catalina.” If you don’t see Install macOS Catalina then skip to the third step.

Eject “Install macOS Catalina

Step 3. Select the VM tab and click Install VMware Tools…

Install VMware Tools

Step 4. The VMware Tools window will pop up, double-click on Install VMware Tools

Install VMware Tools

Step 5. Click Continue to start the installation process.


Step 6. Click Install. Select Continue Installation, if you are prompted.


Step 7. Enter the password and select Install Software

Install Software

Step 8. Click Open Security Preferences.

Open Security Preferences

Step 9. Here, click on the lock icon at the bottom left-hand side and enter your Mac password and click Unlock.


Step 10. On this screen, click Allow next to System software from developer “VMware, Inc.” was blocked from loading. When you are done, click the lock icon again.


Step 11. Click Restart.


Step 12. Finally, enjoy macOS Catalina in full-screen mode or full resolution mode on VMware Workstation.

That’s it. This is how you can make and use macOS Catalina in full-screen mode on VMware Workstation by installing VMware Tools. VMware Tools give the user a better understanding of how the macOS operating system works on Windows. 

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