What is Coherence? Information about Coherence View mode

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What is Coherence?

Coherence is a view mode that allows you to run Windows applications on your Mac, as though they were native Mac applications.

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 applications directly from your Mac 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 the Windows Applications folder in the Dock. Additionally, due to its nature Coherence mode completely disables Windows screen saver instead, Mac screen saver is being used.

Windows Task bar, Start button and Desktop are hidden:

Working with a virtual machine in Coherence

To launch a new Windows application, you can do one of the following:

To switch among already started Windows applications click on their icons in the Mac Dock:

All Windows applications icons are marked with the Parallels symbol to distinguish them from Mac applications.

Additional options for Windows applications are available by right-clicking on their Dock icons:

Turning Coherence mode on and off

To enter Coherence mode from Window mode:

The settings for Coherence mode are available in virtual machine Configuration > Options > Applications.

Note: To be able to use Coherence mode, Parallels Tools should be installed in Windows: in Parallels Desktop 10 select Actions from top Parallels Desktop menu bar > Install Parallels Tools, in previous versions click on the Virtual Machine menu > Install Parallels Tools.

As an alternative resource on this topic, we also recommend visiting this blog post:

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