You can create a shortcut for a virtual machine application on the host system in Unity mode.

You open the application in the same way that you open an application on the host system. You can open a virtual machine application shortcut from the host system even when the virtual machine is powered off or suspended.

Verify that the virtual machine is configured to display the virtual machine Start or Application menu on the host system desktop. See Set Preferences for Unity Mode.

Verify that the latest version of VMware Tools is running in the guest operating system.

Power on the virtual machine.

1

Select the virtual machine and select View > Unity.

2

Select a virtual machine application.

Option

Action

Windows host

Point to the Start button to display the virtual machine Start menu on the host system desktop, click the Start menu, and select the application.

Linux host

Point to the upper-left corner of the primary monitor to display the virtual machine Applications menu on the host system desktop, click Applications menu, and select the application.

3

Create a shortcut to the application on the host system.

Option

Action

Windows host

Right-click the application and select Create Shortcut on Desktop, or drag the application to the host system.

Linux host

Drag the application to the host system.