You can set preferences for Unity mode to control whether that the virtual machine Start or Applications menu is available from the host system desktop. You can also select the border color that appears around applications that run in Unity mode when they appear on the host system desktop.

When you use the virtual machine Start or Applications menu from the host system desktop, you can start applications in the virtual machine that are not open in Unity mode. If you do not enable this feature, you must exit Unity mode to display the virtual machine Start or Applications menu in the console view.

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Select the virtual machine and select VM > Settings.

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On the Options, select Unity.

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Select a Unity window decoration option.

Option

Description

Show borders

Set a window border that identifies the application as belonging to the virtual machine rather than to the host computer.

Show badges

Display a logo in the title bar.

Use a custom color in window borders

Use a custom color in window borders to help distinguish between the application windows that belong to various virtual machines. For example, you can set the applications for one virtual machine to have a blue border and set the applications for another virtual machine to have a yellow border. On Linux hosts, click the colored rectangle to use the color chooser. On Windows hosts, click Choose color to use the color chooser.

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To control whether the virtual machine Start or Application menu available on the host system desktop, select or deselect Enable applications menu.

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Click OK to save your changes.

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(Optional) To minimize the Workstation window when you enter Unity mode, edit the Workstation Unity preference setting.

Workstation preference settings apply to all virtual machines.

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Select Edit > Preferences and select Unity.

b

Select Minimize Workstation when entering Unity .

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Click OK to save your changes.