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    resizing windows within virtualbox

    Okay, I really am an absolute beginner, so I figured this would be the best place to post this. I'm running ubuntu within virtualbox for a class I'm taking.

    I've successfully started up ubuntu within virtualbox, but I'm stuck on something. I took a screenshot within virtualbox, and saved the screenshot to the virtual desktop. I didn't know how to get the screenshot I'd taken within the virtual system to my real system, I figured I could email the screen shot to myself to use for the homework assignment, but when I tried to configure Evolution (the email application included with ubuntu) I found that the Evolution window is larger than the virtualbox window that contains it, and I can't figure out how to resize either. Without being able to see or access the entire Evolution window, I can't see all of the buttons in the program, which means I can't configure the program. this is something that will definitely become a problem with other applications if I don't know how to do this. I can't figure this out, can anyone help me out? I included a couple of screenshots to show you what the issue is.

    Just so you know, I'm not trying to use VBox's snapshot feature. I just want to be able to resize applications, or the vbox window, so that I can access the application.

    screenshots:

    http://i48.tinypic.com/5o9rvr.jpg

    http://i46.tinypic.com/2j4a7x2.jpg

    thanks in advance!

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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    1. Click your mouse anywhere on the Desktop in Ubuntu
    2. Press Ctrl (the one on the right of your keyboard) + F

    Once again press Ctrl + F (use the Ctrl button on the right side of your keyboard)

    To exit do it again.


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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    Install guest additions in your VirtualBox guest then you can set up a share to your host system so you can move files to and from you virtual machine.

    I figured I'd point you in a direction so you can learn....if you want further info let us know

    Quote Originally Posted by djs03004 View Post
    Okay, I really am an absolute beginner, so I figured this would be the best place to post this. I'm running ubuntu within virtualbox for a class I'm taking.

    I've successfully started up ubuntu within virtualbox, but I'm stuck on something. I took a screenshot within virtualbox, and saved the screenshot to the virtual desktop. I didn't know how to get the screenshot I'd taken within the virtual system to my real system, I figured I could email the screen shot to myself to use for the homework assignment, but when I tried to configure Evolution (the email application included with ubuntu) I found that the Evolution window is larger than the virtualbox window that contains it, and I can't figure out how to resize either. Without being able to see or access the entire Evolution window, I can't see all of the buttons in the program, which means I can't configure the program. this is something that will definitely become a problem with other applications if I don't know how to do this. I can't figure this out, can anyone help me out? I included a couple of screenshots to show you what the issue is.

    Just so you know, I'm not trying to use VBox's snapshot feature. I just want to be able to resize applications, or the vbox window, so that I can access the application.

    screenshots:

    http://i48.tinypic.com/5o9rvr.jpg

    http://i46.tinypic.com/2j4a7x2.jpg

    thanks in advance!
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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    Hey guys, thanks very much for your help. As it turns out, when I installed virtualbox, I had set the video display driver to use only 16 mb of memory, which meant that it would only create a tiny little window.

    jflaker, where can i learn more about guest additions? Right now I'm not even sure what it is.

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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    There should be an option to install guest additions under the devices menu in virtualbox.

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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    Quote Originally Posted by djs03004 View Post
    Right now I'm not even sure what it is.
    It's a set of drivers and tools that enhance your virtual machine. It'll give you higher screen resolution, integrate your mouse, give you a bi-directional clipboard, etc, etc.

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    Re: resizing windows within virtualbox

    middle-click and drag will resize for you

    Edit: wtf? it stopped working! :/
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