Pausing a virtual machine stops the current state of a virtual machine. When you resume a paused virtual machine, the state of the virtual machine is exactly the same as when you paused it.


The current state of the virtual machine is not saved when you pause a virtual machine. If you quit VMware Fusion while a virtual machine is paused, VMware Fusion will suspend it or shut it down depending on your VMware Fusion preferences.

Click Virtual Machine > Pause.

Resume the virtual machine when you are ready to work with it again.