Changing screen resolution of a Linux Virtual Machine

Changing the screen resolution of your Linux Virtual Machine can be a good option when you have slow broadband or you want to increase the speed of your VM. You can do this using two different methods described below.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to change the screen resolution on the Windows Virtual Machine. However, resizing your internet browser window also resizes the VM's screen resolution.

Option 1: Change resolution through the system settings

Open the Applications drop-down menu, then go to 'Settings' and click on 'Display'.


From the Resolution drop-down menu you can choose the new desired resolution. We would recommend choosing a resolution of 1024 x 768 or lower for the changes to be noticeable.


Option 2: Change resolution from the terminal

From the Linux terminal, type the command xrandr to see the current resolution settings and the rest of the available options.


To change the screen resolution you need to enter:

  • The position of your desired resolution on the list, where the first item is zero (e.g. xrandr -s 11)
  • Or the new resolution measures (e.g. xrandr -s 1024x768)
Updated on August 31, 2023

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