1.8. User Interface Changes

The following list shows the primary improvements to the user interface in this release:

  • Usability and accessibility improvements, as follows:

    • New icons give a fresh look to the product.

    • Some screens have been redesigned to provide easy access to VM settings and global preferences.

    • The number of popup dialogs has been reduced.

    • Support for HiDPI host devices has been improved.

    • Improved support for screen readers.

  • The Guest Control File Manager enables easy transfer of files between the guest and host. See Section 1.9, “Guest Control File Manager”.

  • The Video Capture tab has been renamed to be the Recording tab.

    Use the Recording tab to enable audio recording, video recording, or both.

  • The Screen tab has been updated as follows:

    • Scale factors for multiple monitor displays can be configured.

      A global preferences setting enables you to configure a default scale factor for all VMs.

    • You can specify the following graphics controllers for a guest VM. Note that you must install the Guest Additions on the guest VM to specify the VBoxSVGA or VMSVGA graphics controller.

      • VBoxSVGA: The default graphics controller for new VMs that use Linux or Windows 7 or later.

        This graphics controller improves performance and 3D support when compared to the legacy VBoxVGA option.

      • VBoxVGA: Use this graphics controller for legacy guest operating systems.

        This is the default graphics controller for Windows versions before Windows 7.

      • VMSVGA: Use this graphics controller to emulate a VMware SVGA graphics device.

  • The Input, Keyboard menu on a guest VM now includes an option to enter the host key combination.

  • The Add button in the Virtual Media Manager enables you to add a disk image to the known media registry used by Oracle VM VirtualBox.

  • The Log Viewer has improved searching and filtering capabilities. A new feature enables you to bookmark individual lines or blocks of text.

  • The Devices menu in a guest VM now includes an option to create a virtual ISO (VISO).