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How to leave one monitor usable when watching full-screen videos in VLC Player for Mac

  • by Zach (134)
  • 3 minutes

When I'm coding, I love to watch the occasional X-Files or Futurama episode on my external monitor while I work. This leads to a problem when using VLC since, by default, the external monitor is blacked out while a video is full-screened.


Navigate to Applications > VLC.


Access the preference pane

In the menu bar, navigate to VLC > Preferences.

Navigate to the Video tab

Change the video preferences

Uncheck the box that says "Black screens in Fullscreen mode" and click Save.