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Overview of the VMware Workstation Window

Overview of the VMware Workstation Window

Think of your VMware Workstation virtual machine as a separate computer that runs in a window on your physical computer's desktop.

Instead of using physical buttons to turn this computer on and off, you use buttons in the toolbar at the top of the VMware Workstation window.

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered off (Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered off (Linux host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered on (Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is powered on (Linux host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is suspended (Windows host)

Toolbar when virtual machine is suspended (Linux host)

On a Windows host, there are separate Power Off and Power On buttons. When you suspend a virtual machine, the Power On button becomes a Resume button. On a Linux host, the power button is labeled Power On or Power Off, depending on whether your virtual machine is running or not.

On a Windows host, an alert appears at the bottom left corner of the VMware Workstation window when your virtual machine is not running the version of VMware Tools that matches your version of VMware Workstation. You see a small icon and a note you can click to begin installing VMware Tools. This gives you a quick way to launch the VMware Tools installer. It is especially useful immediately after you install the guest operating system in a new virtual machine.

On a Linux host, a note in the bottom bar of the VMware Workstation window alerts you when your virtual machine is not running the version of VMware Tools that matches your version of VMware Workstation. To launch the VMware Tools installer, choose Settings > VMware Tools Install.

Note: Your guest operating system must be completely installed and running when you install VMware Tools.

For details, see Installing VMware Tools.

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