[VMware Fusion] Windows shortcuts on my Mac?

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by macmee, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. macmee macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
    I want to make shortcuts on OSX that link to programs on my Windows XP in VMware Fusion. For example I want to be able to make a shortcut to paint on my OSX desktop, and it opens it up in Windows XP on VMware Fusion. Is this possible?

  2. mogzieee macrumors 6502a

    Feb 8, 2008
    London, UK
    This is easy when you know how to do it.

    1. Go to the "Virtual Machine Library" in VMware. Right click on the selected virtual machine and select "view in Finder"


    2. Right click on the selected file (It will be something like "Windows XP Professional") in the Finder window, and select "Show Package Contents".


    3. Double click on the Applications folder inside the "Windows XP" file you just opened.

    4. Within this folder, look for the appropriate application (take Paint for example). Right click on the application and choose "Create Alias".


    5. Rename the new 'alias' with the program name, eg. "MS Paint on Windows". Then, drag this out to either the desktop, the dock or the Mac's Applications folder.



    Done. Just click on the alais and it works. It's even better if you set VMware Fusion to "Unity" view mode. Go to View > Enter Unity.

    The final result (in Unity mode):


    Good Luck

  3. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
  4. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    I hate to revive a semi old thread but I do have a similar question to this-

    is there any way to get files when the image is not running ?
  5. steveza macrumors 68000


    Feb 20, 2008
    I think this might be possible with Macfuse but I haven't tried it myself.
  6. macmee thread starter macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2008
  7. cuestakid macrumors 68000

    Jun 14, 2006
    San Fran
    any ideas of how to do it?
  8. ssn637 macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2009
    Running Mac Apps in the Windows VM?

    Wow, what a great tutorial! You don't find tips like that on the VMware Fusion support site...fantastic!
    Can we also use a similar procedure to run Mac applications as the default app when inside the Windows VM? For example, I'd like to open a Word document in the VM using Office for Mac 2008, which is installed on the Mac partition. This would prevent me from having to install the Windows version of MS Office 2007 parallel to the Mac suite. By the way, I'm running Windows 7 in a Boot Camp partition as the Virtual Machine, and Unity view doesn't seem to be an option.
  9. birdtron macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    I wanted to set my virtual XP machine's Excel as the default program to open my spreadsheets from OSX and couldn't work out how to do it, and this thread explained it clearly and easily.

    It is an excellent tip and great response. It's actually rather intuitive, but I initially decided the answer had to be something much more complex and didn't figure it out myself, or by searching through the VMWare Fusion official support forums and knowlegebase. Thanks again!
  10. quadgnim macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2010
    missing applications in list, any ideas?

    I'm missing an application that I'm trying to make a shortcut to. It's installed and runs fine manually, but when I look in finder/package contents/appliations its not there. Is there a trick or work around to this?
  11. helicos macrumors newbie


    Aug 21, 2010
    Workaround for missing applications in folder

    I know this is an old thread but I found the answer to the last guy's question. I had the same question and someone else reading this thread might as well.

    If your application is missing in the /package contents/applications location, follow these steps:

    1. Run vmware
    2. Start the application(s) that you are interested in creating a mac shortcut for
    3. Now view in 'Unity' mode. The windows apps you are running will now show up in the Mac dock

    4a. If you want to create a shortcut in the dock, right click on the windows app icon in the mac dock and then Options>Keep in Dock.

    4b. If you want to create a shortcut elsewhere, right click on the windows app icon in the mac dock and then Options>Show in Finder. Now follow the steps in the instructions above starting with step 4.

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