What tools are available in Parallels Toolbox for Windows?

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Parallels Toolbox includes the following features:

To learn more about any tool, move the pointer over the tool, click the right mouse button and select About.

For more details on Parallels Toolbox features refer to the Parallels Toolbox for Windows User's Guide.

Note: Add any tool to Favorites for easier access by clicking with right mouse button and choosing Add to Favorites. All tools can be launched from Windows Start Menu by typing names in search field.


Use Archive to create compressed archives from your files, to save space or easily share multiple files. You can create password-protected archives, so only those who know the password can access the archived files. You can create an archive with several files from various locations simply by launching Archive from Toolbox and dragging files and folders to its window — no need to move or copy files to a single folder.

When the password option is enabled the tool asks you to provide a password when creating an archive. You can even specify a default password so subsequent archives you create are automatically set to use that password.


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 Unarchive and starts unpacking. You can also use the right-click menu in File Explorer to unpack archives. Unarchive 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.

Convert Video

Use this tool to convert videos so they can be played in the Video app on your mobile phone or tablet. Simply drag a video, for example your favorite movie or TV show, to the tool's window and it will be 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, Windows notifications are disabled.

To turn off this mode, click the tool again. All previous settings are restored.

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. To download a video, simply copy the URL of a website featuring a video and paste it in the tool's window. Many popular video sharing sites are supported including Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, and more. Video files are saved to the Downloads folder on your computer.

Lock Screen

Activate this tool to immediately lock your screen to prevent unauthorized access to your computer. There’s no need to wait until the password-protected screen saver kicks in - 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.

To show the icons again, click the tool 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 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 Task Bar lets you know that audio is recording. You can also record from an external microphone or change audio source to capture system audio in tool's Preferences.

To stop recording, click the tool's icon again in Toolbox. 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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