VirtualBox 3.0: New Full-Screen Toolbar

Update: The full-screen toolbar can be moved to the top of the screen, which (IMHO) is a much more usable location. To move it to the top of the screen, open the Settings dialog for any VM, select General->Advanced and tick the Mini Toolbar: Show at Top of Screen.

It looks as though the VirtualBox Team have added a nice new feature in their 3.0 release – the full-screen toolbar!

When running a VM in full-screen mode, moving your mouse to the bottom of the screen displays the new toolbar, as shown below.

Sun VirtualBox 3.0 - Full-Screen Toolbar

All of the features available when running the VM in windowed mode are now available in full-screen mode, including: mounting devices, shared folders, shutdown options etc. The toolbar can also be pinned open if required.

For those Windows users reading this post, the toolbar behaves just like the Remote Desktop toolbar that is displayed at the top of the screen during a Terminal Services session.

This new feature is only available in the Sun VirtualBox 3.0 release and above. Download it now from VirtualBox.org.

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13 thoughts on “VirtualBox 3.0: New Full-Screen Toolbar

  1. […] VirtualBox 3.0: New Full-Screen Toolbar | Nick Heppleston’s …By Nick Heppleston It looks as though the VirtualBox Team have added a nice new feature in their 3.0 release – the full-screen toolbar! When running a VM in full-screen mode, moving your mouse to the bottom of the screen displays the new toolbar, …Nick Heppleston’s BizTalk Blog – http://www.modhul.com/ […]

  2. Is there any way to move the tool bar to the top of the screen like with terminal services? Its in the way of my start menu.

  3. HD – I was thinking the same last night, but there doesn’t appear to be any way to change the position of the bar. Bummer.

  4. yea agreed! Its quite distracting to have it in the same place with the windows task bar. I have to shift my location of my task bar instead….

  5. Guys, see the latest update to this post – it would appear that as of 3.0.8, you can put the toolbar at the top of the screen. Nick.

  6. YES!!!

    There is!

    First, shut down your virtual machine.
    Next, go to the guest OS’s Settings, “General”, “Advanced” tab.
    Check “Show at top of screen”, or Uncheck “Show In Fullscreen/Seamless”

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