How to Open Windows Programs on Mac Dock via Boot Camp and VMware Fusion

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by schwine1, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. schwine1 macrumors regular

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    Existing Setup: Snow Leopard, Windows 7, VMware Fusion 4, Boot Camp 3.0.4

    I have a software program on Windows that I would like to open directly from the Mac Dock via Boot Camp.

    This direct link feature is an option that was officially made available in VMF4, but I haven't been able to figure out how to set this up.

    Thanks for any tips on how to do this.
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you want to start that application in Windows via Boot Camp (restarting the Mac) or in VMWare Fusion?
     
  3. schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I would like to start the application in VMware Fusion.
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Start the Windows VM, then the application, then in Mac OS X go to View > Unity and the application appears in the Dock, either right-click on that and select Options > Keep in Dock or drag the icon to another place in the Dock.
    Now clicking the application's icon will start the VM and the application.
    Btw, I usually SUSPEND and not SHUT DOWN my VMs.

    Was that understandable?
     
  5. schwine1, Feb 21, 2012
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    schwine1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks, simsaladimbamba.
    I have now placed the Windows 7 programs that I wanted to on the Mac Dock.

    Here's one follow-up question.
    You mentioned that you suspend VMware Fusion instead of shutting it down after each use.

    I clicked onto the double sided arrow at the top of the computer when VMware Fusion is turned on (this may be referred to as the Boot Camp taskbar), and I noticed that I have three options in the bottom left corner of this window: suspend, restart and shutdown. But the "suspend" option is greyed out and thus not usable. Only restart and shutdown are currently selectable.

    In the past, I have only used the shutdown option, I've never even considered using the "suspend" option. What are the benefits of using the "suspend" option, and how can I make this a selectable option in my case. Also, if you turned off your Mac computer when Windows is in the "suspend" option, wouldn't this adversely affect Windows, VMware Fusion and/or Boot Camp?

    Many thanks.
     
  6. schwine1, Feb 21, 2012
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