Open a Windows Program
Opening a Windows program is as easy as opening a Mac application. Here are several ways to open Windows programs:
Note: All Windows program icons can be easily identified by the Parallels Desktop symbol in the lower-right corner of the icon.
Windows Applications Folder
This folder is available in the OS X Dock and contains all your Windows programs. As you install more programs, they are automatically added.
To open a Windows program using the Windows Applications folder:
To add the Windows applications folder to the Dock:
Windows Start Menu
To open a Windows program from the Start menu:
Mac OS X Finder
You can also open a program by double-clicking its icon in the Finder.
To find Windows programs in the Finder:
Note: To show the Windows volume on the desktop, the Mac OS X Finder must be enabled to show connected servers. Click anywhere on the desktop and choose Finder > Preferences, and then select Connected servers.
You can make an alias for a Windows program on the Mac OS X desktop, then double-click it anytime to open the program.
To make an alias for a Windows program on the Mac OS X desktop:
Program Icon in the Dock
When you open a Windows program, its icon appears in the Mac OS X Dock at the bottom of the screen. By default when you close the program, the icon disappears from the Dock. Keeping a program's icon in the Dock provides a quick way to open the program anytime.
To keep a Windows program's icon in the Dock, do one of the following:
Now you can open the program again anytime by clicking the icon in the Dock.
You can search for and open Windows programs using Spotlight:
If you're using Mac OS X Lion or later, you can see a full screen display of all your Windows programs and Mac applications using Launchpad. Just click the Launchpad icon (looks like a rocket) in the Dock. You can then click any Mac OS X application to open it. To open a Windows program, click the Windows folder and then click the program you want.
Note: The Windows folder is available in Launchpad only if sharing Windows programs is enabled.
To move a Windows program from the Windows folder to a main Launchpad page, do one of the following:
To remove a Windows program from Launchpad, start the program, right-click its icon in the Dock, and choose Remove from Launchpad.