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Parallels Virtual Machines List

The Parallels Virtual Machines list shows the virtual machines and virtual machines templates that are already registered in Parallels Desktop.

Note: If you have no virtual machines registered in Parallels Desktop, the Parallels Virtual Machines list doesn't open.

To open the Parallels Virtual Machines list:

  • Choose Virtual Machine List from the Window menu.
  • Right-click the Parallels Desktop icon in the Dock, and choose Virtual Machine List from the shortcut menu.
  • Click Use your virtual machines option on the Welcome window. However, if you have no virtual machines, the New Virtual Machine Assistant (Creating a Virtual Machine, New Virtual Machine Assistant) will appear.
  • Provided that you already have at least one virtual machine registered in Parallels Desktop, if you disable the Welcome window, the Parallels Virtual Machines list will appear every time you start Parallels Desktop.

    Note: To disable the Welcome window, just clear the Show at startup option in this window.

    VM Dialog

The List

The Parallels Virtual Machines list contains the registered virtual machines, virtual machine templates, third-party virtual machines stored on your Mac, and the menu for managing this list.

The Parallels Virtual Machines list allows you to manage the registered Parallels virtual machines as follows:

  • Open virtual machines: Click the virtual machine name in the list to open the virtual machine window.
  • Start virtual machines: Click the Start button The Silver Start button or right-click a virtual machine and choose Start from the shortcut menu.
  • Edit the virtual machine configuration: Right-click a virtual machine and select Configure from the shortcut menu.
  • Locate the virtual machine files on your Mac: Right-click a virtual machine and choose Show in Finder from the shortcut menu.
  • Rearrange the virtual machines: Drag a virtual machine to the desired position.
  • Remove any virtual machine: Drag a virtual machine from the list or right-click it and select Remove from the context menu. You can add it back to the list later.
  • Assign colors to your virtual machines: Right-click a virtual machine and select the desired color from the shortcut menu. In Finder, the virtual machine .pvm bundle will be marked with the same color.

If the virtual machine files are stored on a remote USB device or network server, you will see the corresponding icon to the right of the virtual machine name.

If you right-click a virtual machine template, the set of commands will slightly differ. The Start button The Silver Start button is not available because you cannot start a template, but you can choose the Convert to Virtual Machine or Deploy to Virtual Machine options.

Third-party Virtual Machines

When you start Parallels Desktop, it finds all third-party virtual machines (VMware, Microsoft Virtual PC, Virtual Box) stored on your Mac using the Spotlight search and adds them to the Parallels Virtual Machine list. Before using these machines, you need to covert them into the Parallels Desktop format. Open a third-party virtual machine, and Parallels Transporter will start and guide you through the process of converting.

If you do not want to convert a third-party virtual machine into the Parallels Desktop format, simply remove it from the Parallels Virtual Machines list. Parallels Desktop will not add it to the list any more.

The Menu

This menu is situated in the lower left corner of the Parallels Virtual Machines list.

PD5 - VM List Menu

With the help of this menu, you can:

  • Create a new virtual machine: Click the Parallels Virtual Machines Dialog - Create a Virtual Machine button to start New Virtual Machine Assistant (Creating a Virtual Machine, New Virtual Machine Assistant). You can also click the The Down Arrow button button and select New from the menu.
  • Add an existing virtual machine to the list: Click the The Down Arrow button button and select Open from the menu to add an existing virtual machine stored on your Mac, on an external USB storage, or on the network.
  • Import a physical computer or virtual machine: Click the The Down Arrow button button and select Import from the menu to migrate a physical or virtual computer (VMware, Microsoft Virtual PC, or VirtualBox) to a Parallels virtual machine on your Mac with the help of Parallels Transporter.
  • Download a virtual appliance: Click the The Down Arrow button button and select Download from the menu. The Parallels Virtual Appliances Directory page will open. Choose a virtual appliance and download it.

Related Topics

Creating a Virtual Machine

Removing a Virtual Machine