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Using VMware Fusion
VMware Fusion 13
VMware Fusion Pro 13You can find the most up-to-date technical documentation on the VMware website at:
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Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 2Contents
Using VMware Fusion 9
1 Getting Started with Fusion 10
About VMware Fusion 10
About VMware Fusion Pro 11
System Requirements for Fusion 11
Install Fusion 13
Start Fusion 14
How-To Videos 14
Take Advantage of Fusion Online Resources 14
2 Understanding Fusion 16
Virtual Machines and What Fusion Can Do 16
What Is a Virtual Machine? 16
Fusion Capabilities 17
Supported Guest Operating Systems 17
Virtual Hardware Specifications 17
Navigating and Taking Action by Using the Fusion Interface 22
VMware Fusion Toolbar 22
Use the Fusion Toolbar to Access the Virtual-Machine Path 22
Default File Location of a Virtual Machine 23
Change the File Location of a Virtual Machine 23
Perform Actions on Your Virtual Machines from the Virtual Machine Library Window 24
Using the Home Pane to Create a Virtual Machine or Obtain One from Another Source 26
Using the Fusion Applications Menus 27
Using Different Views in the Fusion Interface 31
Resize the Virtual Machine Display to Fit 37
Using Multiple Displays 37
3 Configuring Fusion 39
Setting Fusion Preferences 39
Set General Preferences 39
Select a Keyboard and Mouse Profile 40
Set Key Mappings on the Keyboard and Mouse Preferences Pane 41
Set Mouse Shortcuts on the Keyboard and Mouse Preference Pane 42
Activate or Deactivate Mac Host Shortcuts on the Keyboard and Mouse Preference Pane
42
Activate Fusion Shortcuts on the Keyboard and Mouse Preference Pane 43
VMware, Inc. 3Set Fusion Display Resolution Preferences 43
Set Default Applications Preferences 44
Creating Custom Networks 45
Enable Jumbo Frames 49
Enable Dictation 49
Join or Leave the Customer Experience Improvement Program 50
Customizing the Fusion Display 50
Show or Hide the Fusion Toolbar 50
Customize the Fusion Toolbar 51
Resize the Fusion Display and Resolution 51
Keep a Windows Application in the Mac Dock on the Intel-based Mac 51
Set a Virtual Machine Application to Open When You Log in to Your Mac 52
Contents of the Virtual Machine Package 52
Work with Virtual Machine Packages 53
4 Creating Virtual Machines 54
Create a Virtual Machine 54
Creating a Microsoft Windows Virtual Machine 55
Creating a Linux Virtual Machine in Fusion 60
Creating a macOS Virtual Machine in Fusion 63
Creating a Shared Virtual Machine in Fusion 64
Create a Virtual Machine from a Mac Recovery Partition 64
Create a Virtual Machine on a Remote Server 65
Create a Virtual Machine for Any Supported Operating System 67
Power On the Boot Camp Partition as a Virtual Machine 68
Activate Windows in a Virtual Machine 69
Upload a Virtual Machine to a Remote Server 70
Download a Virtual Machine from a Remote Server 71
Importing Windows Virtual Machines 71
Supported Guest Operating Systems for Import 72
How Importing Affects Settings 72
Import a Parallels Virtual Machine 73
Import the Boot Camp Partition 74
Import an Open Virtualization Format Virtual Machine on Intel-based Mac 74
Export a Virtual Machine to OVF Format on Intel-based Mac 75
Installing and Using VMware Tools 76
Installing or Upgrading VMware Tools 77
Repair or Change Modules in Windows Virtual Machines 82
Uninstalling VMware Tools 83
Cloning Virtual Machines with Fusion Pro 83
Using Linked Clones 84
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 4Using Full Clones 84
Clone a Virtual Machine 85
5 Working with Your Virtual Machines 87
Scan for Virtual Machines to Add to the Virtual Machine Library 87
Running Fusion and Virtual Machines 88
Open an Existing Virtual Machine 88
Browse for a Virtual Machine 89
Open a Virtual Machine From the Finder 89
Start a Virtual Machine`s Operating System 90
Open a Virtual Machine Without Powering On 90
Shut Down a Virtual Machine`s Operating System 90
Suspend and Resume a Virtual Machine in Fusion 91
Cancel a Resume Command 91
Power on a Virtual Machine to Firmware in Fusion Pro 91
Pause a Virtual Machine 92
Restart a Virtual Machine 92
Reset a Virtual Machine 92
Uninstall a Virtual Machine by Using the Finder 92
Uninstall a Virtual Machine by Using the Virtual Machine Library 93
Configure SSH Login on a Linux Virtual Machine 94
Edit or Delete the SSH Login Configuration for a Linux Virtual Machine 95
Send the Ctrl-Alt-Delete Command to a Virtual Machine 95
Send Special Key Commands to a Windows or Linux Virtual Machine 96
Special Key Commands 96
Switch Power Commands from the Default Options 97
Options for Fusion Power Commands 98
Open a Windows Application While You Are in Unity View on Intel-based Mac 99
Open a Windows Application from the Applications Menus on Intel-based Mac 100
Moving and Sharing Files with Your Mac 101
Moving and Copying Files and Text Between Virtual Machines and Your Mac 101
View Shared Folders in a Windows Guest by Using Windows Explorer 102
View Shared Folders in a Windows Guest by Mapping Them as a Drive 102
View Shared Folders in a Linux Guest 103
View Shared Folders in a macOS Guest 103
Sharing Applications Between Your Mac and Your Windows Virtual Machines 103
Open a File in a Virtual Machine with an Application on Your Mac 104
Open a File on Your Mac with an Application in a Virtual Machine 104
Keep a Windows Application in the Mac Dock on the Intel-based Mac 105
Switch Between Virtual Machines That Are Powered On 105
Using Mac Input Devices in a Virtual Machine 105
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 5Enable the Secondary Button in an Apple Mighty Mouse 106
Using Mac Keyboards in a Virtual Machine 106
Force Virtual Machines to Grab Keyboard and Mouse Input 107
6 Sharing Files Between Windows and Your Intel-based Mac 108
Guest Operating Systems That Support Shared Folders 108
Guest Operating Systems That Support Mirrored Folders 109
Enable Shared Folders or Mirrored Folders for a Virtual Machine 110
Add or Remove a Mirrored Folder 110
Add a Shared Folder 110
Remove a Shared Folder 111
7 Protecting Your Virtual Machines 112
Snapshots 112
View Snapshots for a Virtual Machine 112
Take a Snapshot 113
Restore a Virtual Machine to the State in a Snapshot 113
Delete a Snapshot 114
AutoProtect 114
Set Up Automatic Snapshots with AutoProtect 115
Prevent the Deletion of an AutoProtect Snapshot 115
Copy a Virtual Machine to External Media 116
Using Time Machine When You Have Fusion on Your Mac 116
Exclude a Virtual Machine From Time Machine 117
Use Shared and Mirrored Folders If You Back Up Your Mac With Time Machine 117
8 Configuring Your Virtual Machines 119
Fusion General System Settings 120
Set a Virtual Machine to Start When Fusion Starts 120
Setting Virtual Processors and Memory 121
Set the Number of Virtual Processors 121
Set the Amount of Virtual Memory 122
Set Advanced Processor Options 122
Enable Default Applications 123
App Nap Support 124
Configuring Keyboard and Mouse Profiles 125
Enable a CD/DVD Drive on a Remote Virtual Machine 125
Enable a Floppy Drive on a Remote Virtual Machine 126
View the Status of a Server or Remote Virtual Machine 126
Configuring Display Resolution Settings 127
Enable Accelerated 3D Graphics 127
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 6Enable External GPU 128
Enable Retina Display Support 128
Configure Resolution Settings for Virtual Machine Display 129
Enable Hot Keys for Virtual Machines 130
Configure Discrete Graphics Management 131
Install VMware Virtual Printer on Intel-based Mac 132
Uninstall VMware Virtual Printer on Intel-based Mac 135
Set the Default Printer for a Virtual Machine on Intel-based Mac 136
Add a Device 137
Configuring the Network Connection 137
Managing Virtual Hard Disks 142
Configuring the CD/DVD Drive 149
Configuring a Floppy Device 152
Configuring the Sound Card 155
Add a Camera to a Virtual Machine 156
Configuring the USB Controller and Connecting USB Devices 157
Add a Parallel Port 161
Add a Serial Port 162
Sharing Bluetooth Devices with a Virtual Machine 162
Configuring a Trusted Platform Module Device 164
Select a Startup Device 165
Encrypting a Virtual Machine 165
Encrypt a Virtual Machine 166
Change the Password for an Encrypted Virtual Machine 167
Remove Encryption from a Virtual Machine 167
Store the Password for an Encrypted Virtual Machine in Keychain 168
Virtual Machine Compatibility 168
Change the Hardware Compatibility of a Virtual Machine 169
Choose the Hardware Version for a Virtual Machine 170
Configuring Guest Isolation Options for a Virtual Machine 170
Managing Advanced Settings 171
Configure Time Synchronization Between Guest and Host Operating Systems 171
Show the Mac Power Supply Status in the Virtual Machine 172
Troubleshooting Your Virtual Machine 172
Change Hard Disk Buffering 173
Set Password Requirement for Opening a Boot Camp Virtual Machine 174
Enable a VNC Client to Access the Virtual Machine Remotely 174
Configure Virtual Machine Power Options 176
Enable Verbose USB Debugging 177
Enable Dark Mode Synchronization 177
Enable Microsoft Virtualization-Based Security 178
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 7Configure a Firmware Type 179
9 Using vctl Command to Manage Containers and Run Kubernetes Cluster on Intel-
based Mac 181
Using the vctl Utility 182
Enabling KIND to Use vctl Container as Nodes to Run Kubernetes Clusters 182
Running vctl Commands 184
Syntax of vctl Commands 184
Examples of vctl Commands 187
Cleaning Up Residual Environment Data 189
Changes/Enhancements to the vctl Utility 189
10 Using the vmrun Command to Control Virtual Machines 191
Use the vmrun Utility 193
Syntax of the vmrun Command 193
Using Authentication Flags in vmrun Commands 193
Running vmrun Commands 194
Path to VMX File 194
Deactivate Dialog Boxes 194
Syntax of vmrun Commands 195
Examples of vmrun Commands 202
11 Using VMware Fusion REST API 207
Use the VMware Fusion REST API Service 207
12 Upgrading Fusion 209
Upgrade Fusion with Autoupdate 209
Upgrade Fusion From a Download 210
Upgrade Fusion to a Fully Licensed Version After the Evaluation Period 211
Upgrading VMware Tools 211
Uninstalling Fusion 212
Uninstall Fusion 212
Force Virtual Machine Processes to Quit 212
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 8Using VMware Fusion
Using VMware Fusion describes how to use VMware Fusion
®
to create, use, and manage virtual
machines. It also describes how to install, configure, upgrade, and uninstall Fusion.
Intended Audience
This information is intended for anyone who wants to install, upgrade, or use Fusion.
VMware, Inc. 9Getting Started with Fusion
1
With Fusion, you can run personal computer (PC) applications and devices on all supported Mac.
Designed for the Mac user, Fusion takes advantage of the security, flexibility, and portability of
virtual machines to run Windows and other operating systems at the same time as macOS.
This chapter includes the following topics:
n About VMware Fusion
n About VMware Fusion Pro
n System Requirements for Fusion
n Install Fusion
n Start Fusion
n How-To Videos
n Take Advantage of Fusion Online Resources
About VMware Fusion
Take a quick look at what Fusion does and how it works.
What Fusion Does
Fusion enables you to run your Windows applications and PC-only devices on all supported Mac.
You can run multiple operating systems and applications at the same time, along with your Mac
applications. The operating systems and applications are isolated in secure virtual machines.
How Fusion Works
Fusion maps the physical hardware resources to the virtual machine’s resources, so each virtual
machine has its own processor, memory, disks, I/O devices and so on. Each virtual machine is the
full equivalent of a standard x86/ARM computer, although it is represented in a single file package
on the Mac.
VMware, Inc. 10After you install Fusion and create a virtual machine, you can install and run complete, unmodified
operating systems, and associated application software in the virtual machine, just as on a physical
PC. Operating systems you can use include Windows, Linux, and macOS. Fusion offers the
benefits of having a second PC without its added expense, physical setup, and maintenance.
The operating system of the computer on which you run Fusion is called the host. Mac OS X, Mac
OS X Server, OS X, and macOS are the only hosts supported for Fusion. The virtualized operating
system you run inside Fusion is called the guest.
About VMware Fusion Pro
Fusion Pro provides advanced virtualization features for managing the virtual machines on your
Mac.
Fusion Pro provides the following virtualization features:
n Clone a virtual machine
n Ability to power on a virtual machine to firmware
n Export a virtual machine to OVF format
n Set a keyboard shortcut for a virtual machine
n Create advanced custom networking configurations
n Connect to a remote server
n Obtain information from the Virtual Machine Library window, such as processor, memory,
network, and disk information for a virtual machine
n Set bandwidth, packet loss, and latency for a virtual network adapter to simulate various
network environments
n Set the firmware type
n Enable UEFI Secure Boot
n Enable VBS (virtualization-based security) for a Windows 10 and later virtual machine
n Use Rest API
System Requirements for Fusion
Verify that you have the minimum system requirements for installing and using Fusion.
Fusion 12.1.2 and earlier
n The following processors are supported.
n Processors on all Macs launched in 2011 or later except for the Intel® Xeon® W3565
processor when used on the 2012 Mac Pro Quad Core
n Processors on 2010 Mac Pro Six Core, Eight Core, and Twelve Core
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 11n The following Metal host graphics rendering engine requirements apply.
n Hardware Requirements
n MacBook, Early 2015 or later
n MacBook Air, Mid 2012 or later
n MacBook Pro, Mid 2012 or later
n Mac Mini, Late 2012 or later
n iMac, Late 2012 or later
n Mac Pro, Late 2013 or later
See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT205073 for information about Mac support of
Metal.
n Software Requirements
n macOS 10.12.5 or later
n macOS 10.15 Catalina and newer versions for the host OS.
n Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines. Windows
operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Important Fusion does not provide any operating systems for installation on virtual machines
that you create with Fusion. You must provide the operating system installation media.
n 4 GB of memory, 8 GB recommended.
n 750 MB of free disk space for Fusion, and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual
machine.
Note You must have enough memory to run macOS, plus the memory required for each
guest operating system and for applications on the Mac and in the virtual machines.
Fusion 12.2.0 and later
n Any Intel-based Mac that officially supports macOS 11 Big Sur or later.
n Minimum 8 GB of memory. 16 GB or more recommended for running multiple virtual machines.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 12n Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines. Windows
operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Important Fusion does not provide any operating systems for installation on virtual machines
that you create with Fusion. You must provide the operating system installation media.
n 750 MB of free disk space for Fusion, and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual
machine.
Note You must have enough memory to run macOS, plus the memory required for each
guest operating system and for applications on the Mac and in the virtual machines.
Fusion 13.0.0 and later
n Any Mac that officially supports macOS 12 Monterey or later.
n Minimum 8 GB of memory. 16 GB or more recommended for running multiple virtual machines.
n Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines. Windows
operating systems are available separately from Microsoft and other retailers.
Important Fusion does not provide any operating systems for installation on virtual machines
that you create with Fusion. You must provide the operating system installation media.
n 1.5 GB of free disk space for Fusion, and at least 5 GB of free disk space for each virtual
machine.
Note You must have enough memory to run macOS, and in addition to that the memory
required for each guest operating system, and for applications on the Mac and in the virtual
machines.
Install Fusion
Fusion 13.0 installer package is transitioned to universal binary. You install Fusion in the same way
you install other macOS applications.
Installation of Fusion does not modify existing virtual machines.
Prerequisites
n Verify that you have the administrator password for your Mac.
n Download the Fusion installer file to your Mac. You can obtain the Fusion installer file from the
VMware website.
n Verify that you have the appropriate license key. For example, if you are using VMware Fusion
Pro, you must provide a Fusion Pro license key to activate the Fusion Pro features.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 13Procedure
1 Double-click the Fusion installer dmg file to open it.
The contents of the disk image appear in the Fusion Finder window.
2 In the Finder window, double-click the click to install Fusion icon.
3 When prompted, type your administrator user name and password.
Fusion is installed in the Applications folder on your Mac.
Start Fusion
Start using Fusion.
Prerequisites
Verify that you have the administrator password for your Mac.
Procedure
1 In the Applications folder, double-click VMware Fusion.
The Virtual Machine Library window appears. From this window, you can start working with
virtual machines.
2 (Optional) To save Fusion in the Mac Dock, right-click the icon, and select Options > Keep in
Dock.
How-To Videos
Watch online videos about using Fusion.
If you are new to Fusion, watch some how-to videos to become familiar with Fusion features.
Procedure
u In Fusion, click Help > Video Tutorials to access a wide variety of topics that help you get
started with Fusion.
What to do next
On the Fusion Support Center page, you can find support and troubleshooting information
for running Windows and Linux on the Mac, such as Windows activation issues, sharing data,
working with virtual disks, and many other topics. See the Fusion Support Center at https://
www.vmware.com/support/fusion.html.
Take Advantage of Fusion Online Resources
Go to the Fusion Support Center for product news, FAQs, more resources, and the online
community.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 14To learn about available Fusion support offerings, registering a product, or creating a technical
support request, see the Fusion Support Center at https://www.vmware.com/support/fusion.html.
You can also find information about using Fusion at the following self-help sources:
n Join the VMware Fusion Community at https://communities.vmware.com/community/vmtn/
fusion. The VMware Fusion Community is where Fusion users can exchange information,
questions, and comments to get the most out of Fusion.
n The VMware Knowledge Base provides troubleshooting information, solutions to error
messages, and some best practice information for most VMware products. To find information
on a specific problem you encounter in Fusion, select VMware Fusion in the product list and
search for your problem by key word at http://kb.vmware.com.
n For answers to frequently asked questions about Fusion, go to http://www.vmware.com/
products/fusion/faqs.html.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 15Understanding Fusion
2
Fusion harnesses virtualization to give you a powerful tool to run PC applications and devices on
your Mac.
This chapter includes the following topics:
n Virtual Machines and What Fusion Can Do
n Navigating and Taking Action by Using the Fusion Interface
Virtual Machines and What Fusion Can Do
With Fusion, you can run virtual machines inside your Mac, which gives you access to a wide range
of Windows and other operating systems and applications.
What Is a Virtual Machine?
A virtual machine is a software computer that, like a physical computer, runs an operating system
and applications.
A virtual machine typically contains a display, a hard disk or disks, one or more processors,
memory, a CD/DVD drive, a network adapter, and a USB controller. All of these components are
virtualized. That is, these elements of a virtual machine are all created by software and stored in
files on your Mac.
The virtual machine runs in a window on all supported Mac. You install an operating system and
applications in the virtual machine and operate it as you would a physical computer. An operating
system cannot distinguish between a virtual machine and a physical machine, nor can applications
or other computers on a network. What you can do with a physical machine (install software, save
files, add additional drives, and so on) you can do with a virtual machine.
Virtual machines are fully supported by Fusion with the underlying physical hardware. For
example, you can configure a virtual machine with virtual components that are completely different
from the physical components that are present on the underlying hardware. Virtual machines on
the same physical host can run different kinds of operating systems (Windows, Linux, macOS, and
others).
VMware, Inc. 16Fusion Capabilities
With Fusion, you can create, open, and run VMware virtual machines, and use PC-specific
hardware with a Mac.
With Fusion, you can perform the following tasks:
n Run x86 operating systems, including Windows, Linux, macOS, and others, on macOS without
rebooting.
n Run ARM operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and others on macOS without
rebooting.
n Run Windows and Linux applications on all supported Mac.
n Run most Windows 3D applications that require DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 10.1 or DirectX
11 on your Intel-based Mac.
n Import virtual machines created with Parallels Desktop or virtual machines that use the OVF
(Open Virtualization Format) standard on Intel-based Mac.
n Access USB devices, such as video cameras and high-speed disks, from a virtual machine.
n Drag files between your Intel-based macOS host machine and virtual machines running other
x86 operating systems.
n Fusion works with VMware virtual machines created with different VMware products. For more
information, see Virtual Machine Compatibility
Supported Guest Operating Systems
Fusion supports more than 100 guest operating systems, including most versions of Windows,
Linux, Mac OS X, OS X, and macOS.
For guest operating system support, visit http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
You can also go to the VMware Web site and click the Support tab. Under Support Resources,
click the Compatibility Guides link.
Virtual Hardware Specifications
Each virtual machine has a standard virtual hardware configuration for chip set, BIOS, ports, and
so on. The amount of memory and number of processors depends on your Mac.
Processor
n One virtual processor on a host system with one or more logical processors
n Up to 32 virtual processors, depending on the available processors on your Mac, virtual
machine hardware version, and guest operating system support
n The following configurations have two logical processors:
n A multiprocessor Mac with two or more physical CPUs
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 17n A single-processor Mac with a multicore CPU
Chip Set
n Intel 440BX-based motherboard
n NS338 SIO
n 82093AA IOAPIC
n Apple Silicon
BIOS
n PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6 with VESA BIOS
Memory
n Up to 128 GB, depending on the available memory on your Mac, virtual machine hardware
version, and guest operating system support
n Total memory available for all virtual machines is limited only by the amount of memory on the
Mac
Note If you assign too much memory to your virtual machines and have them all running at
the same time, your Mac might slow down because of heavy disk swapping. As a best practice,
make sure the total memory that Fusion and all running virtual machines use stays below 70
percent of your total Mac memory.
Graphics
n VGA
n SVGA
n 128 MB 3D accelerated video with DirectX 9.0c with Shader Model 3 and OpenGL 2.1 for
Windows XP as the guest OS
n 256 MB 3D accelerated video with DirectX 9.0EX with Aero and OpenGL 2.1 for Windows Vista
and later as the guest operating system
n 3D accelerated video with DirectX 11 with OpenGL 4.3 for Windows 7 and later as the guest
operating system. DirectX 11 requires macOS 10.15 or later on the host and hardware version
18 and later. OpenGL 4.3 requires hardware version 20 and later. You can enable DirectX 11 on
the following Mac models
n MacPro 2013 and later
n iMac 27-inch 2014 and later
n MacBook Pro 13-inch 2015 and later
n MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015 with dual graphics and later
n MacBook Air 2015 and later
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 18n MacBook 2015 and later
n iMac 21-inch 2015 and later
n iMac Pro 2017 and later
n MacMini 2018 and later
n To use the GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc and GL_S3_s3tc Open Graphics Library
(OpenGL) extensions in a Windows XP or Windows 7 or later guest operating system, you
must install Microsoft DirectX End-User Runtime in the guest operating system. OpenGL is an
application program interface that is used to define 2D and 3D computer graphics. You can
download Microsoft DirectX End-User Runtime from the Microsoft Download Center website.
IDE Devices
n Up to four devices. Any of these devices can be a virtual hard disk or CD/DVD drive
n IDE virtual disks up to 8 TB
n CD/DVD drive can be a physical device on the host or client system, or an ISO image file or a
DMG image file
SATA Devices
n Up to 120 SATA devices: 4 controllers and 30 devices per controller
n SATA virtual disks up to 8 TB
SCSI Devices
n Up to 60 devices. Any of these devices can be a virtual hard disk or CD/DVD drive
n SCSI virtual disks up to 8 TB
n LSI Logic LSI53C10xx Ultra320 SCSI I/O controller. For Windows XP guest systems, this
controller requires an add-on driver from the LSI Logic website. On the website, select
Support & Downloads, click the link for downloading drivers, and select the controller in the
drop-down menu to find the driver to download.
n Mylex (BusLogic) BT-958 compatible host bus adapter. For Windows XP and Windows Server
2003 guest systems, this requires an add-on driver from the VMware Web site. See http://
www.vmware.com/download/fusion/drivers_tools.html.
NVMe Devices
n Up to 60 NVMe devices: 4 controllers and 15 devices per controller
n The following guest operating systems do not support virtual NVMe hard disks by default.
n Windows operating systems prior to Windows 8.1
n Mac operating systems prior to macOS 10.13
n Some Linux operating systems
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 19Several Linux operating systems support NVMe while others do not. Check with the
operating system vendor.
Printers
n Driver-free printing. Automatic replication of host printers in guest virtual machines, including
PCL and PostScript printers
n Local and network-attached printers
Floppy Drives
n Up to two 1.44 MB floppy devices
n Virtual floppy devices use floppy image files only
Serial (COM) Ports
n Up to four serial (COM) ports
n Virtual serial ports support only output to a file
n One serial port can be used for driver-free printing
Parallel (LPT) Ports
n Up to three bidirectional parallel (LPT) ports
n Virtual parallel ports support only output to a file
USB Ports
n Supports high-speed USB 2.0 and SuperSpeed USB 3.0 and SuperSpeed Plus USB 3.1
n Supports most devices, including USB printers, scanners, PDAs, hard disk drives, memory
card readers and digital cameras, as well as streaming devices such as webcams, speakers,
and microphones
Keyboard
n 104-key Windows 95/98 enhanced
Mouse and Drawing Tablets
n PS/2 mouse
n USB mouse
n USB drawing tablets
Ethernet Card
n Up to 10 virtual Ethernet cards are supported.
Virtual Networking
n Three virtual hubs are configured by default for bridged, host-only, and NAT networking.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 20n Support for most Ethernet-based protocols, including TCP/IP v4, Microsoft Networking,
Samba, Novell NetWare, and Network File System.
n Built-in NAT supports client software using TCP/IP v4, FTP, DNS, HTTP, WINS, and Telnet,
including VPN support for PPTP over NAT.
n Create additional virtual networks to create isolated logical networks. This feature is available
only with Fusion Pro.
n Support for IPv6 for NAT only applies to additional virtual networks, and is available only with
Fusion Pro.
Sound
n Sound output and input using the Mac default input and output settings.
n Emulates Creative Labs Sound Blaster ES1371 AudioPCI sound card. MIDI input, game
controllers, and joysticks are not supported.
n HDAudio
Solid-State Drives
If your host machine has a physical solid-state drive (SSD), the host informs guest operating
systems they are running on an SSD.
This allows the guest operating systems to optimize behavior. How the virtual machines recognize
SSD and use this information depends on the guest operating system and the disk type of the
virtual disk (SCSI, SATA, IDE, or NVMe).
n On Windows 8, Windows 10, Ubuntu, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machines, all drive
types can report their virtual disks as SSD drives.
Note
n NVMe virtual hard disks are natively supported for Windows 8.1 and later.
n To create a new a virtual machine with a Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 guest operating
system using NVMe as the virtual hard disk, apply the appropriate Windows hot fix. See
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2990941.
n Several Linux operating systems support NVMe while others do not. Check with the
operating system vendor.
n On Windows 7 virtual machines, only IDE and SATA virtual disks can report their virtual disks
as SSD. SCSI virtual disks only report as SSD when used as a system drive in a virtual machine,
or as a mechanical drive when used as a data drive inside a virtual machine.
n On Mac virtual machines, only SATA and NVMe virtual disks are reported as SSD. IDE and
SCSI virtual disks are reported as mechanical drives.
Note NVMe virtual hard disks are supported for macOS 10.13 and later.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 21Use the virtual machine operating system to verify your virtual machine is using SSD as its virtual
disk.
Navigating and Taking Action by Using the Fusion Interface
With Fusion interface elements, you can access your virtual machines and manage Fusion.
VMware Fusion Toolbar
You can use icons on the toolbar to initiate actions or change settings.
You can use the Fusion toolbar to change the state of the virtual machine (for example, power on,
suspend, reboot), access its snapshots, or view and change settings for the virtual machine.
With the Virtual Machine Path item in the toolbar, you can navigate the virtual-machine path and
easily view the full path in a text file or terminal window on the Mac host. See Use the Fusion
Toolbar to Access the Virtual-Machine Path.
You can see the toolbar in the virtual machine window in Single Window view and in the Virtual
Machine Library based on your selection to show or hide the toolbar in the View menu. See Show
or Hide the Fusion Toolbar.
You can customize the toolbar. See Customize the Fusion Toolbar
Use the Fusion Toolbar to Access the Virtual-Machine Path
You can use the Virtual Machine Path item in the virtual-machine toolbar to navigate the virtual-
machine path and quickly view the full path in a text file or terminal window on the Mac host.
The Virtual Machine Path item consists of an icon coupled with the name of the virtual machine.
The path leads to the location of the virtual machine, which Fusion stores as a single package.
Prerequisites
n If not already added, add the Virtual Machine Path item to the toolbar of the virtual machine.
See Customize the Fusion Toolbar.
Procedure
u Navigate to a location on the virtual-machine path.
Command-click the name portion of Virtual Machine Path item and select a location.
The location opens in the Finder on your Mac host.
u Create a file on the Mac host that contains the full path of a virtual machine.
In Single Window view, click the icon portion of the Virtual Machine Path item and drag it to
the Mac host.
Open the file to see the full path to the virtual machine.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 22u Copy the full path of a virtual machine into a text file or terminal window on the Mac host.
In Single Window view, click the icon portion of the Virtual Machine Path item and drag it to
the text file or terminal window on the Mac host.
The full path to the virtual machine appears in the text file or terminal window.
Default File Location of a Virtual Machine
Unless you specify a file location for a virtual machine when you create it, Fusion saves the virtual
machine package to a default location.
The possible default file locations for newly created virtual machines are as follows.
n your home directory/Virtual Machines, the default virtual-machine folder for new
installations of Fusion 11 or later.
n your home directory/Documents/Virtual Machines, the default virtual-machine folder for
installations of Fusion earlier than Fusion 11 and Fusion 11 and later installations that were
upgraded from a version of Fusion earlier than Fusion 11.
n The last location to which you saved a virtual machine.
When you use Fusion to create a virtual machine and you specify a virtual-machine location,
instead of accepting the default, your specified location becomes the default the next time you
create a virtual machine with Fusion.
For information about determining the file location of virtual machines available in the Virtual
Machine Library, see Perform Actions on Your Virtual Machines from the Virtual Machine Library
Window.
For information about changing the file location of virtual machines, see Change the File Location
of a Virtual Machine.
Change the File Location of a Virtual Machine
You can change the location to which a virtual machine file is stored.
Unless you specify a file location for a virtual machine when you create it, Fusion saves the virtual
machine package to a default location, which can vary. See Default File Location of a Virtual
Machine.
Regardless of where the virtual machine package is stored, you can move the file to another
location.
Prerequisites
Power off the virtual machine that you want to move.
Procedure
1 Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 232 To determine the file location of the virtual machine, in the Virtual Machine Library window,
control-click the virtual machine, release the control button, and select Show in Finder.
You need the file location to access the virtual machine package again.
3 In the Virtual Machine Library window, control-click the virtual machine, and select Delete.
The Remove Virtual Machine dialog box appears.
4 Click Keep File.
5 Use the Finder to navigate back to the virtual machine package and move it to another folder.
6 Double-click the virtual machine package in the Finder window.
A dialog box appears.
7 Click I Moved It.
The virtual machine starts up and appears in the Virtual Machine Library.
Perform Actions on Your Virtual Machines from the Virtual Machine
Library Window
The Virtual Machine Library window shows the virtual machines you created or powered on in
Fusion.
Procedure
1 To access the Virtual Machine Library window, select Window > Virtual Machine Library .
2 To perform an action with an existing virtual machine or to create a virtual machine, follow the
appropriate instruction.
Option Action
Start a virtual machine Click the play button on the thumbnail image of the virtual machine.
Suspend a virtual machine Select the thumbnail image of the virtual machine and click the suspend
button in the toolbar.
Add notes about a virtual machine Select the virtual machine and click Virtual Machine > Get Info. Type notes in
the Notes text box of the General settings for the virtual machine.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 24Option Action
Obtain specific information about
the virtual machine (Fusion Pro only)
The following information is available in the Virtual Machine Library window.
n Virtual machine processor and memory information.
To access the Processors & Memory settings window, click the
information icon.
n Network information appears when the virtual machine is connected to a
network and powered on with VMware Tools installed.
To obtain more detailed network information, click the information icon.
n Hard disk, snapshot, and reclaimable information.
Reclaimable information is listed for Windows virtual machines only.
Click the Refresh disk space icon to update the hard disk, snapshot,
and reclaimable information and to prompt the Clean Up Recommended
message to appear, if applicable.
Clean up a virtual machine (Fusion
Pro only)
The Clean Up Recommended message appears for a virtual machine when
the virtual machine is powered off and a significant amount of virtual machine
space is available to be freed.
To initiate the cleanup, click the message. The General settings dialog box
appears, which includes cleanup options you can select.
Rename a virtual machine a Control-click the virtual machine.
b Select Rename.
c Type a new name and press Enter.
Determine the location of a virtual
machine`s files
a Control-click the virtual machine.
b Release the control button.
c Select Show in Finder.
Change the settings for a virtual
machine
To open the Settings window for that virtual machine, select Virtual Machine
> Settings. Some settings can be changed only when the virtual machine is
powered off.
Add virtual machines to the Virtual
Machine Library window
You can add one or more virtual machines at a time to the Virtual Machine
Library window
Manual Drag the virtual machine package icons or the virtual
machines` .vmx files to the window.
Automated 1 Select File > Scan for Virtual Machines.
2 Click +.
3 Select a folder.
4 Click Open.
5 Click Scan.
Remove a virtual machine from the
Virtual Machine Library window
a Shut down or power off the virtual machine.
b Control-click the virtual machine.
c Select Delete.
Removing a virtual machine from the Virtual Machine Library window is not
the same as deleting the virtual machine from your hard disk.
Create a new virtual machine, import
a virtual machine, or migrate a
physical computer
Use the File menu to create a new virtual machine, import a virtual machine,
or migrate a PC.

Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 25Using the Home Pane to Create a Virtual Machine or Obtain One
from Another Source
You can create a virtual machine, or migrate a physical PC.
Power On the Boot Camp Partition as a Virtual Machine
You can use the contents of your Boot Camp partition at the same time that you are running your
Mac operating system. To do so, you use Fusion to power on the Boot Camp partition as a virtual
machine.
Boot Camp is Apple software that enables an Intel-based Mac to run Windows operating systems.
Boot Camp requires you to choose between Mac or Windows at boot time. Boot Camp creates
separate Mac and Windows partitions on your hard disk to create a dual-boot environment. When
you use your Windows Boot Camp partition as a Fusion virtual machine, you can perform the
following tasks:
n Use your Boot Camp virtual machine and your Mac without rebooting and switching between
them.
n Share files between your Boot Camp virtual machine and your Mac, through shared folders,
dragging files, or cutting and pasting text.
Note Windows reactivation complications can occur if you do not install VMware Tools. In such
a case, if you reactivate Windows in your Boot Camp virtual machine, and subsequently boot
your Boot Camp partition natively, you will be prompted to reactivate Windows. Reactivating
Windows in your native Boot Camp partition will result in your Boot Camp virtual machine
requiring reactivation the next time you power it on, and so forth. Installing VMware Tools solves
this problem.
Prerequisites
You must have a Boot Camp partition in place before you start this procedure.
You must have administrator privileges to use the Boot Camp partition as a virtual machine.
Procedure
1 Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
2 In the Virtual Machine Library window, click the Boot Camp thumbnail in the list of virtual
machines, which identifies the partition that Fusion detected.
3 (Optional) Type your Mac password to access the Boot Camp partition.
Fusion creates a virtual machine that uses your Boot Camp partition and starts Windows.
4 Follow the onscreen instructions and restart your virtual machine when prompted.
After Windows boots from your Boot Camp virtual machine, Fusion starts the installation
of VMware Tools. VMware Tools enables full virtual machine functionality and optimizes
performance for your Boot Camp partition when you use the partition as a virtual machine.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 265 When the VMware Tools installation is complete, reboot your computer.
What to do next
The first time you power on your Boot Camp virtual machine after you install VMware Tools, you
must reactivate Windows.
Using the Fusion Applications Menus
The applications menus include the applications menu ( ), available for all virtual machines and
the Unity applications menu ( ), available for virtual machines with Windows guest operating
systems that support Unity. The applications menus can provide you with quicker access to virtual
machine settings, functionality, and applications.
The following table provides detailed information about the applications menus.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 27Table 2-1. About the Applications Menus
Application Menu Type Icon Description
The Applications Menu n Accessible from the Mac menu bar or with a keyboard
shortcut.
n Available for all virtual machines.
n Lists all the virtual machines in the Virtual Machine
Library.
You can select a virtual machine in the list to perform
the following operations.
n Access the settings and snapshots of the virtual
machine.
n Change the view mode and power status mode of
the virtual machine.
n For a virtual machine with a Windows guest
operating system, you can also quickly access
applications listed in the applications menu.
n Configurable from the Fusion General Preferences
dialog box. You can perform the following
configurations.
n Show or hide the applications menu in the Mac
menu bar.
n Set up a keyboard shortcut for the applications
menu.
The Unity Applications Menu n Accessible from the Mac Dock .
The Unity applications menu icon appears in the Mac
Dock when you switch the Windows virtual machine
to Unity view and disappears when you switch the
Windows virtual machine out of Unity view.
The Mac Dock contains a Unity applications menu icon
for each Windows virtual machine that is in Unity view,
allowing multiple Unity applications menus to appear in
the Mac Dock at the same time.
n Available for virtual machines with Windows guest
operating systems that support Unity.
n Lists the Unity applications menu options.
You can perform the following operations.
n Access the settings and snapshots of the virtual
machine.
n Change the view mode and power status mode of
the virtual machine.
n Access the applications installed in the Windows
guest.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 28You can also configure the Applications Menu settings. The Applications Menu settings apply to
both the applications menu ( ) and the Unity applications menu ( ), specifically for supported
Windows guests. When you add a Windows application to the application list in the Applications
Menu settings dialog box, Fusion pins the application to the top of the list in the applications
menus.
To set the General Preferences for the applications menu ( ), see Set General Preferences.
To add, remove, or reorder Windows applications in the applications menus, see Set Up the
Applications Menus.
n Set Up the Applications Menus
You can configure the Fusion applications menus for quick access to settings and
applications.
n Find a Windows Guest Application by Using the Applications Menus
For supported Windows guest operating systems, you can find and open any virtual machine
application from the applications menus. The applications menus include the applications
menu ( ), accessible in the Mac menu bar or with a keyboard shortcut, and the Unity
applications menu ( ), accessible from the Mac Dock when the virtual machine is in Unity
view.
Set Up the Applications Menus
You can configure the Fusion applications menus for quick access to settings and applications.
The applications menus include the applications menu ( ), accessible in the Mac menu bar or with
a keyboard shortcut, and the Unity applications menu ( ), accessible from the Mac Dock when the
virtual machine is in Unity view.
For supported Windows guest operating systems, the applications menus provide quick access to
applications you add when you configure the applications menu and to applications you recently
opened.
The applications menus also provide access to Fusion functions, such as the power commands and
the views, and certain Windows functions, such as the run command.
Procedure
1 Select Window > Virtual Machine Library.
2 Select a virtual machine in the Virtual Machine Library window and click Settings.
3 Under System Settings in the Settings window, click Applications Menu.
4 (Optional) Add items to the applications menus.
a To see the applications and other items available in the virtual machine, click the add (+)
button.
b Click, shift-click, or -click the items to appear in the applications menu and click Add.
5 (Optional) Use the mouse to select and move items up or down to reorder them.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 296 (Optional) Remove items from the applications menus.
a Select the item in the list to remove.
b Click the remove (-) button.
Find a Windows Guest Application by Using the Applications Menus
For supported Windows guest operating systems, you can find and open any virtual machine
application from the applications menus. The applications menus include the applications menu
( ), accessible in the Mac menu bar or with a keyboard shortcut, and the Unity applications menu
( ), accessible from the Mac Dock when the virtual machine is in Unity view.
For supported Windows guests, the applications menus provide quick access to applications
you add when you configure the applications menus, see Set Up the Applications Menus, and
applications you recently opened.
Prerequisites
n To access the applications menu ( ), configure the applications menu to make it accessible.
See Set General Preferences.
n To access the Unity applications menu ( ), switch the virtual machine to Unity view.
With the virtual machine open in single window or full screen view, switch to Unity view. For
example, select View > Unity.
When you switch to Unity view, the following events occur.
n The virtual machine interface disappears.
n Applications currently open in the virtual machine appear directly on the Mac desktop.
n VMware Unity ( ) appears in the Mac Dock.
Procedure
1 Open the applications menu ( ) or the Unity applications menu ( ).
n To open the applications menu, click the application menu ( ) status item in the Mac menu
bar or use the keyboard shortcut and click the appropriate virtual machine.
n To open the Unity applications menu, click VMware Unity ( ) in the Mac Dock.
2 In the list, find the application to open.
3 (Optional) If the application name does not appear in the list, you can show more applications.
n Click All Programs.
n Type the name of the application in the search text box.
4 To open the application, click the icon.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 30Using Different Views in the Fusion Interface
You can view the Fusion interface in Single Window view, Full Screen view, and Unity view. These
views enable you to work with your applications and virtual machines in different ways.
Use Single Window View to Have Your Virtual Machine Appear in a Single
Window on the Mac Desktop
In Single Window view, the virtual machine appears in a single window that you can resize and
move with the mouse.
In Single Window view, you can see and use the VMware Fusion toolbar.
n Switch to Single Window View
To see the Mac desktop and the virtual machine desktop at the same time, switch to Single
Window view.
n Return to Another View from Single Window View
To have the desktop of your virtual machine fill your display or set of displays, or to see a
guest application in a window on the Mac desktop, exit Single Window view.
Switch to Single Window View
To see the Mac desktop and the virtual machine desktop at the same time, switch to Single
Window view.
In Single Window view, the virtual machine appears in a single window that you can resize and
move with the mouse.
Procedure
u Switch to Single Window view.
n In Full Screen view with the Full Screen title bar, select View > Single Window.
n In Full Screen view without the Full Screen Minibar, use the keyboard shortcut
+Control+F to switch to Single Window view.
n In Unity view, use the keyboard shortcut +Shift+U to switch to Single Window view.
Return to Another View from Single Window View
To have the desktop of your virtual machine fill your display or set of displays, or to see a guest
application in a window on the Mac desktop, exit Single Window view.
Procedure
u To have the desktop of your virtual machine fill your entire display or set of displays, from the
VMware Fusion menu bar, select View > Full Screen.
u To display guest application windows directly on your Mac desktop without seeing the virtual
machine`s desktop, select View > Unity.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 31Use Unity View to Display Guest Applications Directly on a Mac Desktop
To work with your virtual machine applications from the Mac desktop without the Fusion interface,
use Unity view.
In Unity view, your virtual machine`s window is hidden and VMware Unity appears in the Mac
Dock. When you open virtual machine applications, those applications also appear in the Mac
Dock. You can use the virtual machine applications just as you use your native Mac applications.
n About Unity View
Unity view is supported in several Windows operating systems, and enables you to use many
Mac functions with your guest applications.
n Switch to Unity View
You can switch to Unity view from an application open in another view.
n Use the Waiting for Unity Window to Interact with the Guest Operating System
Some operating system activities that require a response do not appear in Unity view. Fusion
displays the Waiting for Unity window to enable you to respond.
n View the Windows Taskbar and System Tray in Unity View
You can have the Windows taskbar or system tray visible while in Unity view.
n Connect a USB Device in Unity View
You must manually connect USB devices when your virtual machine is running in Unity view.
n Switch to Another View From Unity View
To see the desktop of the virtual machine, you can switch from Unity view to Single Window
view or Full Screen view.
About Unity View
Unity view is supported in several Windows operating systems, and enables you to use many Mac
functions with your guest applications.
Unity view is fully supported in virtual machines running Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7,
Windows 8, and Windows 10. Unity view is experimentally supported in virtual machines running
Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit), 2008, 2012, and 2016.
You can use the + C, + X, and + V Mac keyboard shortcuts to copy, cut, and paste text
between your Mac applications and virtual machine applications displayed in Unity view. You can
also use the Mission Control feature with virtual machine applications in Unity view, and you can
use + Tab to switch between applications.
To use a virtual machine application, click the application in the Mac Dock, which launches Fusion
and opens the application.
The following Mac features are supported with virtual machine applications.
n Keep virtual machine applications in the Mac Dock after you power off your virtual machine
and quit Fusion. See Keep a Windows Application in the Mac Dock on the Intel-based Mac.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 32n Set virtual machine applications to open when you start up your Mac and log in. See Set a
Virtual Machine Application to Open When You Log in to Your Mac.
Switch to Unity View
You can switch to Unity view from an application open in another view.
Prerequisites
Unity view works only if VMware Tools is installed in the virtual machine.
Procedure
1 In your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 virtual machine,
open the applications to use in Unity view.
2 Switch to Unity View using one of the following methods:
n From the View menu, select Unity.
n Use the keyboard shortcut +Shift+U.
n Click the Switch to Unity view icon in the tool bar of the virtual machine window.
The virtual machine window is hidden. The open applications are displayed in windows on the
Mac desktop and as icon tiles in the Mac Dock.
What to do next
To exit Unity view, click the Fusion icon in the Mac Dock and select View > Single Window or
View > Full Screen.
Use the Waiting for Unity Window to Interact with the Guest Operating System
Some operating system activities that require a response do not appear in Unity view. Fusion
displays the Waiting for Unity window to enable you to respond.
Procedure
u In the Waiting for Unity window, follow prompts to respond to the dialog boxes.
When you are finished responding, the virtual machine returns to Unity view.
u Respond to the virtual machine`s operating system by exiting Unity view.
a Click Exit Unity.
b Perform any activities that the guest operating system requires.
c To return to Unity view, select View > Unity.
View the Windows Taskbar and System Tray in Unity View
You can have the Windows taskbar or system tray visible while in Unity view.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 33Procedure
u Show the taskbar by selecting View > Show Taskbar in Unity.
You might have to move the location of the Mac Dock to see the taskbar.
The Hide System Tray menu item is dimmed.
u Hide the taskbar by selecting View > Hide Taskbar in Unity.
u Show the system tray by selecting View > Show System Tray in Unity.
u Hide the system tray by selecting View > Hide System Tray in Unity
Results
When they are set to show, these elements also remain visible when you switch to work in
non-Windows applications.
Connect a USB Device in Unity View
You must manually connect USB devices when your virtual machine is running in Unity view.
Note Fusion does not support USB adapters for connecting displays to your virtual machines.
Procedure
1 Plug the USB device into your Mac.
The selection dialog appears.
2 Select the system to which you want to connect the device.
The action you take depends on how many virtual machines are open.
Option Description
If you have one virtual machine
powered on
Select Connect to Mac or Connect to OS of your open virtual machine.
If you have two or more virtual
machines powered on
In the pop-up menu, select Connect to your Mac or Connect to virtual
machine name for the selected virtual machine. Click OK.

Switch to Another View From Unity View
To see the desktop of the virtual machine, you can switch from Unity view to Single Window view
or Full Screen view.
Prerequisites
Fusion must be the active application, so that the Fusion menu appears at the top of the display.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 34Procedure
u Exit Unity view.
Option Action
Have your virtual machine appear in
a single window on the Mac desktop.
From the VMware Fusion menu bar, select View > Single Window.
Have the desktop of your virtual
machine fill your entire display or set
of displays.
From the VMware Fusion menu bar, select View > Full Screen.

Results
The open applications appear in the Fusion virtual machine window.
Use Full Screen View To Make Your Virtual Machine Desktop Fill Your Display
In Full Screen view, Fusion fills your entire display or set of displays with the desktop of your
virtual machine.
In this view you do not see the Mac Dock. You can show or hide the VMware Fusion menu bar.
This view looks as if you are using a machine dedicated to running your guest operating system.
You have access to the toolbar by moving the cursor to the top of the display to reveal the toolbar.
Optionally, a subset of Fusion functions are available via the compact Full Screen Minibar.
n Switch Fusion to Full Screen View
You can switch to Full Screen view from another view.
n Hide the VMware Fusion Menu Bar in Full Screen View
When you are in Full Screen view, the VMware Fusion menu bar hides until you hover the
cursor at the top of the Full Screen display. You can set the VMware Fusion menu bar to hide
all the time.
n Set the Full Screen Minibar
When you are in Full Screen view, you can use the Full Screen Minibar to access some virtual
machine controls such as state change and some Virtual Machine menu options.
n Return to Another View from Full Screen View
To see the Mac desktop and the virtual machine desktop at the same time, or to see a guest
application in a window on the Mac desktop, switch to Unity view or Single Window view.
Switch Fusion to Full Screen View
You can switch to Full Screen view from another view.
Procedure
u Switch to Full Screen view.
n Click the Enter Full Screen button in the toolbar at the top of the virtual machine window.
Using VMware Fusion
VMware, Inc. 35n From the View menu, select Full Screen.
n Use the +Control+F keyboard shortcut to switch to Full Screen view.
Results
The Fusion virtual machine window expands to fill the full screen (or screens if you have multiple
displays and have Fusion configured to use them all). When possible, a new space is created for
easy navigation using Mission Control.
Hide the VMware Fusion Menu Bar in Full Screen View
When you are in Full Screen view, the VMware Fusion menu bar hides until you hover the cursor
at the top of the Full Screen display. You can set the VMware Fusion menu bar to hide all the time.
The Full Screen menu bar behavior applies to running virtual machines.
Procedure
u Set the Hide Menu Bar in Full Screen option.
n Select View > Hide Menu Bar in Full Screen.
n Use the + Shift +M keyboard shortcut to hide or show the VMware Fusion menu bar in
Full Screen view.
Set the Full Screen Minibar
When you are in Full Screen view, you can use the Full Screen Minibar to access some virtual
machine controls such as state change and some Virtual Machine menu options.
In Full Screen view, the virtual machine window expands to fill the full screen, or screens if you are
using multiple displays. In this view you do not see the Mac Dock. However, you can access some
Virtual Machine menu options by using the Full Screen Minibar. The Full Screen Minibar contains
the Fusion suspend and run button for the virtual machine, some virtual machine options, and the
return to Single Window view button.
Procedure
1 Select View > Full Screen.
The virtual machine view changes to Full Screen view and the Full Screen Minibar appears on
the right side of the screen by default.
2 Select the button in the Minibar with the gear icon and set the Full Screen Minibar behavior
from the Full Screen Minibar menu.
Option Description
Always Show The Full Screen Minibar is always visible.
Automatically Hide and Show For running virtual machines, the Full Screen Minibar is visible if you move
the pointer over its position at the edge of the display. For virtual machines
that are not running, the Full Screen Minibar always appears.
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