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Parallels Desktop Sharing Tools

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Standard Edition

General information about Parallels Desktop Sharing Tools

Parallels Desktop provides close integration between your Mac OS and Windows guest OS. To use this functionality, you should have Parallels Tools installed in the virtual machine and the Isolate Mac from Windows option disabled in the Security pane of the virtual machine configuration.

Shared Folders Tool

  • Shared Folders Tool enables you to share Mac folders with the virtual machine and vice versa. With this tool, you can access your Mac folders from the virtual machine and virtual machine folders from Mac OS X. You can also choose custom folders to share.

    Please follow the steps below to enable Shared Folders Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Sharing.
    3. Set Share Folders to the desired value.
    4. Choose the Custom Folders if you need.

    If you want to share Windows folders with Mac check Access Windows folders from Mac and Mount virtual disks to Mac desktop in the Share Windows pane. Windows volumes will appear on the Mac Desktop.

Shared Profile Tool

  • Shared Profile Tool enables you to share your Mac desktop, pictures, documents, downloads, music and videos with your virtual machine, which allows you to access them right from Windows.

    With this tools enabled the virtual machine's desktop will display the icons present on the Mac OS X Desktop, and the My Documents folder will contain items stored in the Documents folder on your Mac. The other folders will behave in a similar way. It means that Windows home folders will be linked to Mac home folders.

    Warning: If you delete any Mac OS X file from the Windows desktop when the Mac OS X desktop sharing is enabled, you will not be able to find it in Mac OS X Trash or Windows Recycle Bin. The file will be deleted from your computer permanently.

    Note: To enable the Shared Profile functionality, you should share all Mac disks or at least your Mac Home folder.

    Please follow the steps below to enable Shared Profile Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Sharing.
    3. Tick Shared Profile checkbox and change Share Folders to All Disks / Home folder only.

Shared Cloud

  • With Parallels Desktop you can easily share your favorite Cloud services like iCloud, PhotoStream, DropBox, GoogleDrive and SkyDrive between your Mac and Windows Virtual Machine without duplicating your data.

    For the additional information, please refer to this article.

SmartMount Tool

  • Using SmartMount, you can set Parallels Desktop to automatically mount Mac storage devices and volumes to Windows. That way, you can access the contents from both Mac OS X and Windows.

    With SmartMount enabled, these items are automatically mounted to Windows:

    • Removable drives: External storage devices, such as USB hard disks and USB flash drives.
    • CD/DVD drives: CD and DVD drives or CD/DVD images (files most commonly ending in .dmg, .iso, and .img.).
    • Network folders: Folders shared over the network.

    Please follow the steps below to enable SmartMount Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Sharing.
    3. Tick SmartMount checkbox.

Shared Applications Tool

  • You can access Mac OS X applications from within Windows and you can access Windows programs from Mac OS X. For example, if you locate a file using the Open menu in a Windows program and decide you would rather open the file using a Mac OS X application, you can. Shared Applications Tool enables you to specify default applications for certain types of files, so that you can open some types of files in Windows applications by default, and others - in Mac OS.

    Please follow the steps below to enable Shared Applications Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Applications.
    3. Tick Share Windows applications with Mac and/or Share Mac applications with Windows.

Shared Internet Applications Tool

  • Shared Internet Applications Tool enables you to specify default Internet browsers, including those installed in the virtual machine, for different types of Internet pages. For example, you may set the Internet pages to open in your default Mac OS X Internet browser, and FTP pages to open in your virtual machine Internet browser.

    Please follow the steps below to configure Shared Internet Applications Tool:

    1. Open virtual machine window (Do not click Start).
    2. Open virtual machine configuration > switch to Options tab > Applications.
    3. Set Web Pages, Email to desired values.
    4. For deeper configuration use More Applications button.



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