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Copying and Pasting Between Mac and Windows

For closer integration between Mac OS X and your Windows guest OS, Parallels Desktop provides the possibility to copy and paste formatted text and pictures and drag and drop files between Mac OS X and the virtual machine operating system.

Note: To use these functionalities, you should have Parallels Tools installed in the virtual machine, the Isolate Mac from Windows option disabled in the Security pane, and the Share Mac clipboard and Preserve text formatting options enabled in the Advanced pane.

Copying and Pasting Formatted Text

When you work with your Mac and Windows-based virtual machines side by side, you may need to copy and paste text between them.

Parallels Desktop allows you to copy and paste text of any size between Mac and Windows applications. This text can be italic/bold/underlined, it can be of various colors/fonts/sizes and contain spaces.

You can copy and paste text from:

  • Mac OS X applications to the virtual machine applications (Word, Excel, Outlook, Notepad, Wordpad, etc)
  • the virtual machine applications to Mac OS X applications (TextEdit, Safari, Mozilla Firefox, MS Office for Mac, etc)

Copying and Pasting Pictures

When you work with your Mac and virtual machines side by side, you may need to copy and paste different pictures between them.

Parallels Desktop allows you to copy and paste pictures between Mac and Windows picture or graphic editors.

Dragging and Dropping Files

Close integration of Mac and Windows-based virtual machines allows you to drag and drop different files between them.

Related Topics

Installing Parallels Tools

Security Settings

Advanced Settings