How Do I Get Microsoft Virtual PC Out of Full Screen Mode?

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Virtual PC is a computer program that runs on Microsoft Windows-based computers and can essentially create a "fake" or virtual computer within your actual one. It opens a window in which you can see and run a different operating system. This allows you test software on different operating systems as well as other diagnostic and troubleshooting features.

Virtual PC Full Screen Mode

  • One feature of Virtual PC is the full-screen mode. This mode, when activated, will expand the virtual computer portion of the program to take up the entire computer screen, effectively hiding any sign or evidence of the actual operating system on the physical computer. While this can be nice for expanding the viewing area within Virtual PC, when it comes time to exit the program, you may find that you cannot exit the full-screen mode and are stuck. In Virtual PC, the full-screen mode is toggled on and off by a keyboard shortcut only.

    The shortcut involves pressing and holding the assigned "home key" on your keyboard and then pressing the "enter" key. To do this, you will obviously need to know what your home key is. By default, Virtual PC makes the home key the right-hand "alt" key on your keyboard. If you haven’t changed this setting at all, this will be your home key, and by pressing that particular "alt" key and the "enter" button, you will be able to exit the full screen mode. However, if the settings have changed, then it’s likely your home key was reassigned to something else.

    To find out what the home key is, simply open the program user settings by going to "File" on the menu bar and selecting "Preferences." There is an area for keyboard shortcuts where you can see what the home key is assigned to.

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