When a virtual machine is running in Unity view, you do not see the guest operating system's desktop, but you can open an application without it.

When you are working with applications in an operating system, you can use several methods to start an application. In some cases, you click an icon on the desktop or use a start menu or its equivalent. When you use Unity view with a virtual machine, you cannot use those methods because only the active application windows appear on your Mac's desktop.

Select the application directly from the applications menu.


Click the applications menu status item (The applications menu icon is a small monochromatic version of the VMware Fusion logo.) in the Apple menu bar.


Click the pop-up menu in the title bar and select the virtual machine that contains the application you want.


Click the application icon in the list, or find it by clicking All Programs.

Keep a virtual machine application in the Mac dock.


Switch to Unity view with the application open.

The application appears in the Mac dock.


Control-click or right-click the application in the dock and select Options > Keep in Dock.

The application remains in the dock, where you can open it even if VMware Fusion is not currently running.

Show the Windows taskbar to use the start menu.


Select View > Show Taskbar in Unity.

You might have to move the location of the Mac dock to see the taskbar.


Click the Start menu and select the application.