What tools are available in Parallels Toolbox for Mac?

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Parallels Toolbox for Mac includes the following features:

Note: The new tools below are only available with a subscription for Parallels Desktop or Parallels Toolbox, they are not available with permanent licenses.

Tools added with the Parallels Toolbox 1.3 update:

Tools added with the Parallels Toolbox 1.7 update:

Tools added with the Parallels Toolbox 2.0 update:

For more details on Parallels Toolbox features visit the pages below, or refer to the Parallels Toolbox User's Guide .


Use Archiver to create compressed archives from your files, to save space or easily share multiple files. Archive has more capabilities than a built-in system utility .


Use this tool to unpack archives, including those not supported by the built-in system utility. For example, this tool can unpack archives formatted as 7z, RAR, RPM, XAR , and Z . When Parallels Toolbox is installed, double-clicking any of these types of files opens Unarchiver and starts unpacking. Unarchiver also supports password-protected archives.

Record Area, Screen or Window

Use these tools to record video of a selected area, a window or the entire screen. While recording video, this tool also records audio from the computer's microphone . To stop recording, click the Record Area icon in the Dock. The video file appears on your Desktop.

Capture Area, Screen or Window

Use this tool to take a screenshot of of a selected area, a window or the entire screen. The image file appears on your Desktop .


Use this tool to alert you at a specific time with a notification and sound . Just set time and day of the week (or several days of the week), and the alarm will pop up as scheduled. Select a sound, add a name, and get notified every week. You can click the Snooze button to be alerted again in 5 minutes.

Date Countdown

Use this tool to set up a countdown to a specific date , such as a birthday, a deadline, or a vacation. Just enter the day and month, and Date Countdown starts counting down the days, showing the number of remaining days in the tool's icons in the Dock and the Finder. When the date arrives, Date Countdown displays a message. You can stop the countdown by flipping the On/Off switch in the app's main window.


Use the Stopwatch to measure elapsed time, as you would with any stopwatch. You might use it, for example, to measure how long it takes to perform a certain action on your computer. The stopwatch can be started and stopped quickly simply by clicking the icon in Toolbox or the Dock . You can pause the stopwatch and then continue or reset the time. Even if you restart your computer, the stopwatch continues measuring time.


Use the Timer to count down from a time you specify to zero. To begin the countdown, set the time and click Start. Even if you close the application, it continues counting down and notifies you when the timer reaches zero. You can set a sound to play to help make sure you don't miss the notification.

Convert Video

Use this tool to convert videos so they can be played in the Video app on an iPhone or iPad. Simply drag a video, for example your favorite movie or TV show, to the tool's icon or window and it is converted. The tool can convert almost any video format and can add converted video to your iTunes Library.

Do Not Disturb

Use this tool when you want to avoid distractions so you can focus on the task at hand . When activated, notifications are disabled and the Dock app animations is disabled. To turn off this mode, click the tool again. All previous settings are restored. Do Not Disturb turns off automatically at 12:00 AM.

Do Not Sleep

When activated, this tool prevents your computer from going to sleep and your display from dimming . This is useful when you want to ensure a task won't be interrupted. When activated, all settings that would allow the computer go to sleep are disabled. To deactivate this mode and restore all sleep settings, simply launch the tool again.

Download Video

Use this tool to download videos from the Internet . Simply drag the URL of a website featuring a video from your browser to the tool's icon or window and the video begins downloading. Many popular video sharing sites are supported. You can also copy the URL (select it and press Command+C), switch to the Download Video tool, and paste it (Command+V). Video files are saved to the Downloads folder on your Mac.

Lock Screen

Activate this tool to immediately lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access to your computer . No need to wait until the password-protected screen saver kicks in, or to remember which corner activates what - simply click the Lock Screen tool. To unlock the computer and continue, just enter your user account password.

Hide Desktop

Use this tool to hide all the files, folders, and other icons on your desktop . To activate it, simply click the Hide Desktop icon in Toolbox, the Dock, or the Finder. To show the icons back just click on the tool icon again.

Mute Microphone

Use this tool to mute your computer's microphone to prevent unauthorized listening by other apps . Simply click Mute Microphone in Toolbox. The built-in microphone is muted and no app receives input from the microphone. The tool's icon indicates that it's active and that the microphone is muted. To disable muting, click the icon again.

Record Audio

Use this tool to record audio from your computer's built-in microphone . To start a recording, just click Record Audio in the Toolbox. The blinking icon in the Dock lets you know that audio is recording. You can also record from an external microphone if it is selected as the input source in System Preferences > Sound. To stop recording, click the tool's icon again (in Toolbox or in the Dock). The audio file is saved to the Desktop . Clicking the icon again starts a new recording to be saved as a new file.

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