If you have ever used VLC to play videos, you might have noticed that every time you select a video with a different screen resolution, the size of the VLC window changes dimensions depending on the resolution of the new file being played. A low-resolution file would play in a tiny window, and the next high-resolution file you play expands the window until it blocks everything else from view.
It can be quite annoying having to constantly change the window dimensions of the VLC player when you are playing several files one after another with different screen resolutions. Here’s how to stop it from happening.
Block Resizing Feature
Open the VLC player application. You don’t need to be playing any particular file for the following steps to work.
Go to the top of the VLC window where an array of options are available to customize your VLC player’s settings. Click on the the Tools option to select it.
A new drop-down menu will appear below the option. Scroll down through the menu and tap on the Preferences section. Alternatively, you can use the Ctrl + P shortcut to reach this section.
A new window will appear which carries an array of choices that control how you interact with the program, from the interface to the hotkeys. You will be looking under the Interface section of the page, where you will find the “Look and Feel” segment.
In this segment of the page there is an option titled “Resize Interface to Video Size.” This is the option that makes VLC change its size every time you open a new video. Uncheck the box next to the option to prevent this feature from taking effect in the future.
Now all you have to do is click on Save and restart VLC for the changes to take effect.
An Alternative Method
If for some reason the above method does not work, there is a roundabout to get the same result.
1. Press Win + R. In the window that pops up, type
into the blank field and hit Enter.
You will be taken to the VLC folder that carries a few files relating to the program, including a file titled VLRC. Open the VLRC file using the notepad program.
Note: before using this method, make a copy of the original VLRC file in case you make a mistake while modifying the file and need to replace the damaged file with the original one.
Here you will see a long list of lines of code written across the page. Go to the Edit option at the top, select Find from the drop-down menu that appears, and search for “Resize Interface to the native Video Size.”
Look for the Resize Interface to the native Video Size option when it is highlighted from the search results, and change the value at the end of the line from
Tap on the File tab and select the Save option, or simply press Ctrl + S.
What the Resize Feature Accomplishes
Keep in mind that VLC resizes according to different file resolutions in order to show you the best possible image from the video file. If you keep the VLC window at a constant size by disabling the resizing option, it will mean that the quality of the video’s images will suffer if the size of the window is too big for a low-resolution file or too small for a high-resolution file.
While the changing dimensions of the VLC window are meant to optimize the viewing of a particular video file depending on its resolution, it can get pretty annoying having to constantly deal with a changing VLC window that goes from tiny to covering the entire screen. Fortunately, the above-mentioned steps provide an easy way to disable this feature.