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Retina display support in VMware Fusion (2034670)


This article provides information about the Retina display support in VMware Fusion.


VMware Fusion 5.x and later includes Retina display support. To make use of this new feature, you require:
  • Retina display equipped Mac hardware
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 as a guest
The VMware Fusion user interface and art is updated to take advantage of the crispness of the Retina display. By default, VMware Fusion scales (pixel-doubles) a Windows virtual machine to ensure maximum compatibility.

Retina display support is not enabled by default. Users can switch to enable full Retina display by going to Settings > Display > Use full resolution for Retina display.

Optimizing Windows when running on a Retina display on VMware Fusion 7.x and below

When using full resolution, Windows icons and text appear very small. This is adjusted under the Control Panel in Windows 7 and 8. For maximum crispness on the Retina display, tune the ClearType settings in the Control Panel. For more information, see the Microsoft Knowledge Base articles Getting the best display on your monitor and Make the text on your screen larger or smaller.

Note: The preceding links were correct as of September 22, 2015. If you find a link is broken, provide a feedback and a VMware employee will update the link.

Optimizing Windows when running on a Retina display on VMware Fusion 8.x and 8.x Pro
  1. Shut down the virtual machine.
  2. In VMware Fusion menu, go to Settings > Display.
  3. Select Use full resolution for Retina Display.
  4. Under Scale high resolution, select All View Modes.
  5. Select Automatically adjust user interface size in the virtual machine.
  6. Exit Settings.

Limitations of Retina display support

  • When running on a Retina display with Use full resolution for Retina display selected, entering Unity mode results in larger than expected text. VMware recommends using Single-window and Full-screen modes when using full Retina display resolution.
  • Mac OS X running in a virtual machine is limited to an approximate resolution of 2560 x 1600, and treats the display as a standard DPI device. This makes the text and icons to appear small in the OS X interface.

See Also

Update History

09/03/2014: Updated for Fusion 7.x

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