Parallels Desktop provides close integration between your Mac operating system and Windows guest operating system. You can access certain Mac folders directly from Windows and vice versa. To use this functionality, you should have Parallels Tools installed in the virtual machine and the Isolate Mac from Windows option should be disabled in the Security tab.
Note: To enable Shared Profile functionality, you must share all Mac disks or at least your Mac Home folder. You can configure the necessary sharing settings on the Sharing pane using Share folders option.
If Shared Profile functionality is activated, you can choose one of the following options:
- Select Desktop to use the Mac Desktop as the desktop in your Windows guest OS.
- Select Documents to use the Mac Documents folder on your Mac as the My Documents folder in your Windows guest OS.
- Select Pictures to use the Pictures folder on your Mac as the My Pictures folder in your Windows guest OS.
- Select Music to use the Music folder on your Mac as the My Music folder in your Windows guest OS.
- Select Movies to use the Movies folder on your Mac
- Select Downloads to use the Downloads folder on your Mac
- Select Merge Recycle Bin with Thrash to merge Windows and Mac Recycle Bin and Thrash
When Shared Profile is 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.
To enable and configure Shared Profile, use the Sharing pane of virtual machine configuration:
Disabling Shared Profile
You can disable Shared Profile either by disabling Shared Profile in the Shared Profile pane or by disabling Mac folders sharing at runtime or in virtual machine Configuration.