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 Start button and Desktop are hidden in Coherence mode.

Toggle Coherence mode

Enter Coherence


Exit Coherence


Working with a virtual machine in Coherence

Start Windows application

Open Windows Start menu

Switch between open Windows applications

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

Additional options for Windows applications


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 (see KB 115835).

To learn more about how Coherence work, we also recommend visiting this blog post: Coherence - It’s a Kind of Magic!

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