Working in Coherence
Coherence is a visual mode of working with Windows virtual machines. This mode provides the highest level of integration between Mac OS X and the guest operating systems.
You may find Coherence especially useful when you want to work with the virtual machine applications side by side with your Mac OS X applications. The point is that if you switch a virtual machine with one or more running applications to Coherence, the virtual machine will disappear and you will see only the windows of these applications on the background of your Mac OS X desktop. Now if you start one or more Mac OS X applications, you will be able to switch between the windows of Mac OS X applications and windows of the guest OS applications as if the later were also Mac OS X applications.
To switch a virtual machine to Coherence, do one of the following:
To switch the virtual machine from Coherence to another view mode:
When you work in Coherence, you can use the following features to make your work more efficient:
Using the Dock in Coherence
You can open Windows guest OS applications directly from the Dock by clicking their icons. As you start a Windows application, its icon appears in the Dock. When you close the application or shut down the virtual machine, the application icon disappears from the Dock.
To keep the icon in the Dock:
Clicking a Windows application icon in the Dock starts the virtual machine and the application in it. The virtual machine is automatically switched to Coherence.
Using the Windows Taskbar
By default, both Windows taskbar and Mac OS X Dock are visible. You can use any of the Windows taskbar elements right from Mac OS X Desktop. You can hide the Windows taskbar by choosing View > Hide Windows Taskbar. When the Windows taskbar is hidden, it is convenient to use the Start button icon in the Dock. If you click this icon, the Windows Start menu appears. To display this icon, select the Use Start button icon in Coherence option in the Parallels Desktop general preferences.
Sharing your Windows and Mac applications
You can use Mac OS X applications to open the files in your Windows guest OS and vice versa. The list of Parallels Shared Applications is created during the Parallels Tools installation. This list includes your Mac OS X applications and is available when you choose All Programs > Parallels Shared Applications from the Windows Start menu. You can select any application from the list and start it.
Right-click a file in Mac OS X or Windows and choose any available Mac OS X or Windows application from the Open With list.
Windows Applications Folder in the Dock
If you selected the Show Windows applications folder in Dock option in the Applications pane of the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog, the folder with all applications installed in your Windows virtual machine will be displayed in the Dock. You can use this folder to quickly access your Windows applications.
Using Mac OS X Trash
You can remove files and folders that you do not need any more by simply dragging them from your virtual machine to the Trash in Mac OS X. After a file or folder is removed, it is automatically placed to Windows Recycle Bin and can be viewed by choosing Windows Recycle Bin from the View menu. You can then restore the file/folder by right-clicking it and selecting Restore. If you wish to empty the Recycle Bin contents, choose Empty Windows Recycle Bin from the File menu.
Using Application Switcher
You can switch between any of the running Mac OS X and Windows applications by using Application Switcher.
Using Expose With Your Windows Applications
When working in Coherence, you can use Expose to navigate between the windows of the Mac OS X and guest OS applications opened on your desktop. To activate Expose, press the F9 key (on portable Macintosh computers, use the Fn+F9 key combination instead).
If the F9 key does not activate Expose, refer to Mac Help for information about changing the Mac OS X shortcuts.
Sharing Windows System Tray Icons With Mac OS X
When you are working with a Windows virtual machine in the Coherence view mode or its variation - Crystal - you may need to manage the guest operating system or its applications using the icons from the Windows notification area. Parallels Desktop 6 allows you to display these icons in the Mac menu bar which makes it easier to access them. To make the icons available in the Windows notification area also available in the Mac menu bar, select Show Windows notification area in menu bar in the Coherence pane. For Windows 7 virtual machines with this option enabled and working in Coherence, Windows notification area icons are available in the following menu:
To open this menu, click the down-pointing white triangle.
If you click Customize in the menu or click the white triangle when there are no notification area icons in the Windows 7 guest OS, you will be able to specify what icons you want to be displayed and how they will be displayed.
Using Windows 7 Jump Lists in Coherence
When you are working with a Windows 7 virtual machine in the Coherence view mode or its variation - Crystal - you can view the Jump List for an application that is currently running in Windows 7 by right-clicking this application's icon in the Dock and choosing Show Jump List. To open an item on the Jump List, click the specific item.
Note: If an application is running in the guest operating system but the application's icon does not appear in the Dock, make sure the Share Windows applications with Mac option is enabled in the Applications pane of the Virtual Machine Configuration dialog.