How to Leave One Monitor Usable When Watching Full-Screen Videos in VLC Player for Mac

How to Leave One Monitor Usable When Watching Full-Screen Videos in VLC Player for Mac

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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.

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Navigate to Applications > VLC.

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Access the Preferences pane

In the menu bar, navigate to VLC > Preferences.

3
Navigate to the Video tab

Click on the Video tab.

4

Change the video preferences

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