How to Stop VLC Media Player from Automatically Resizing

VLC is one of the best media player out there for Windows. In fact, I don’t think there is anything else that can outperform VLC when it comes to file format support and media playback. I almost regularly use the VLC media player to play songs, video songs, movies, etc. Though VLC is pretty good, there is one thing that bugged me for a long time. i.e, the VLC window automatically resizes every time the video changes according to its resolution.

Now, this is not an issue for most people. However, as I said before, I want a lot of media. Generally, I resize the media window and place it in a corner so that I can watch a video while doing some other work. I used the same approach when I was learning to code.

Once I resize the VLC window, I like it to be that way. However, VLC automatically resizes the video due to an option that is enabled by default. So, if you are like me and don’t like VLC automatically resizing the window the here’s how to stop this behavior by disabling the appropriate option.

Prevent VLC from Resizing Automatically for Every Video

VLC has a ton of options. Unless you know where to look for, it can be a bit hard to find the option to stop VLC from automatically resizing according to the video resolution. Follow the below steps and you are should be good.

1. First, search for VLC in the start menu and open it. You can also open any media file with the VLC media player.

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2. Once the VLC media player has been opened, go to “Tools” and select “Preferences”. This is where you will find all the options to customize and configure VLC media player. You can also use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P to open the Preferences window.

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3. In the preferences window, make sure that the “Simple” mode is selected under the “Show Settings” section. Next, uncheck the “Resize interface to video size” option. Click on the “Save” button to save the changes.

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4. To apply the changes, restart VLC media player.

That is all.

(Optional) Alternative Method

If the above method did not work for some reason or if you are looking for an alternative method then follow along. VLC stores all the settings in a configuration file called “vlcrc”. All we have to do is modify a number in this file.

Warning: Before making changes to the file, I recommend you create a copy of the original file. This allows you to restore the file if anything happens.

1. To start off, press Win + R, copy and paste the below folder path in the blank field and click on the “Ok” button.

%userprofile%/AppData/Roaming/VLC

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2. Here, find the “vlcrc” file, right-click on it and select “Open with -> Notepad”.

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3. In the notepad, we need to find the resizing option. So, press Ctrl + F, type “qt-video-autoresize” in the blank field and click on the “Find Next” button.

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4. Once you find the “Resize interface to the native video size” option, replace “1” with “0” next to “qt-video-autoresize”. After changing, this is how it should look like in the notepad.

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5. To save the changes, go to the “File” tab and click on the “Save” option.

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That is it. From now on, VLC will not resize according to the video resolution.

If you like this article, do check out how to record computer screen with VLC and how to rotate and save the video in VLC.

2 thoughts on “How to Stop VLC Media Player from Automatically Resizing”

  1. Avatar for Tai The Guy

    So simple! WHY has my dumb ass been dealing with videos constantly hanging off the edge of the screen for like 15 friggin YEARS (literally).
    Gr8 screenshots too?

  2. Avatar for Alan

    Nope neither work for me . Still insists on resizing to top left quarter of screen. 🙁 It never used to do this. 🙁
    Ha ha . Figured it out . Not the above . Go to video menu and deselect “Älways Fit Window”
    Ha, so simple.

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