What is Coherence?
Coherence is a new view mode that allows you to run Windows-only applications on your Mac, just like they were native Mac applications.
Note: Parallels Desktop Virtual machines start in Coherence View mode at the first start. If you want to change View mode check this article: http://kb.parallels.com/en/115291
In Coherence mode, you can use both your Windows and Mac applications at the same time, without managing two separate desktops or rebooting. You can even load Windows-only applications directly form your Mac application dock or Mac desktop. In this mode, all Parallels Desktop controls, icons, and menus are hidden, except for the Parallels icon in the Mac menu bar and Windows Applications folder in the Dock.
Working with Virtual Machine in CoherenceParallels Virtual Machines start in Coherence by default. The icon on the picture is used to control your virtual machine and Parallels Desktop while in the Coherence Mode.
Click on this icon opens basic menu. It allows you to access the Windows Start menu, manage the virtual machine's devices, return to Window mode by choosing Exit Coherence, quit Parallels Desktop, and to switch between the running virtual machines.
Right-click on this icon opens the Windows start menu.
Alt + click (or Option + click) opens extended menu. The extended menu includes additional options such as Report a Problem, Configure, Preferences, and many others.
Windows Applications folder
If you selected the Show Windows Applications folder in Dock option in the Options > Applications pane of Virtual Machine Configuration, 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.
- Choose Enter Coherence from the virtual machine View menu.
Switching to Coherence
- Click the View Mode menu in the lower right corner of the virtual machine window, and select Enter Coherence
Note: To be able to use Coherence mode Parallels Tools should be installed in Windows. Select Virtual Machine > Install Parallels Tools from top Parallels Desktop menubar.