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The Toolbar

The toolbar area at the top of the Workstation window contains buttons you can click to power your virtual machines on and off, change the Workstation display, and manage snapshots. The following sections describe the toolbar buttons. To customize the toolbar display, see Customizing the Toolbar.

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Toolbar for virtual machine (Windows host)

Caution: When a team is active, clicking the power on, power off, suspend, resume, or reset button affects all the virtual machines on that team.

Power Off

This button turns off the active virtual machine or team like the power button on a hardware PC. You can configure Workstation for a soft power off (called shut down) or a hard power off, (called power off). See Shutting Down a Virtual Machine, or Starting and Stopping Teams for a description of this feature.

Suspend

This button stops a virtual machine or team in a manner that allows you to resume your work later, as if you never left. You may be familiar with the concept of suspending your work on a laptop. See Using Suspend and Resume for a description of this feature.

Power On or Resume

This button powers on a selected virtual machine or team that is powered off, or resumes a virtual machine or team that is suspended.

  • Power on — See Starting a Virtual Machine, or Starting and Stopping Teams for a description.
  • Resume — See Using Suspend and Resume for a description.
  • Reset

    This button resets a virtual machine or team, like the reset button on a physical PC.

    Snapshot

    This button allows you to save the state of a virtual machine in the same manner you might save a word-processing document. You can come back later to that state if you make a mistake with the Revert button. See Using Snapshots for a description of this feature.

    Revert

    This button allows you to return a virtual machine to the parent state, a state previously preserved by taking a snapshot. See Using Snapshots for a description of this feature.

    Manage Snapshots

    This button opens the snapshot manager, where you can view the virtual machine's existing snapshots, revert to a snapshot, take a new snapshot, and make a clone from a snapshot. For more on the snapshot manager, see The Snapshot Manager Window.

    Full Screen

    This button enlarges the virtual machine display to cover the entire host monitor. The virtual machine no longer appears in a window.

    Note: Workstation menus and toolbar are not visible in full screen mode. Press Ctrl-Alt to restore the Workstation window.

    Note: If you are unable to enter fullscreen mode when the guest's display mode is smaller than the host's display mode, try adding the following line to the virtual machine's configuration (.vmx) file:

    mks.maxRefreshRate=1000

    See What Files Make Up a Virtual Machine? for a description of this file.

    Quick Switch

    This button enlarges the Workstation console to cover the entire host monitor. Console tabs are visible, allowing you to switch between your virtual machines and teams with a single click.

    Note: Workstation menus and toolbar are not visible in quick switch mode. Move your cursor to the top of the screen to show the menu and toolbar momentarily.

    Summary

    This button displays the summary view. See Displaying the Summary View for a description of this view.

    Console

    This button displays the console view. See Displaying the Console View for a description of this view.

    Customizing the Toolbar

    You can customize the Workstation toolbar, by adding, removing, and rearranging toolbar buttons. On a Windows host, the toolbar buttons are arranged in three separate toolbars, for power buttons, snapshot buttons, and view buttons. On a Linux host, all the buttons are contained in a single toolbar.

    To customize the toolbar display (Linux host)

    1. Right-click any part of the toolbar to display a toolbar menu.

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    2. Choose Power, Snapshot, or View to add or remove the corresponding toolbar buttons. When a choice is checked, the corresponding buttons are displayed.

    3. In the lower part of the menu, choose the display style for toolbar buttons.

    To add or remove the power, snapshot, or view toolbar (Windows host)

    1. Right-click any part of the toolbar to display a toolbar menu.

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    2. Click Power, Snapshot, or View to add or remove that toolbar. When a toolbar is checked, it is displayed.

    To customize a toolbar (Windows host)

    1. Open the Customize Toolbar window.

  • Right-click in the toolbar you want to customize (power, snapshot, or view) The illustration shows the Customize Toolbar window for the power toolbar. The Customize Toolbar windows for the snapshot and view toolbars work the same way.
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    Buttons listed under Current toolbar buttons are displayed in the toolbar, in the order shown in the Customize Toolbars window.

    2. To add or remove a button from the toolbar, select the button and click Add or Remove. Add a separator to display a vertical line between the buttons.

    To change the order of the buttons, select any button under Current toolbar buttons and click Move Up or Move Down to rearrange the buttons.

    Note: You can also change the order of the currently displayed buttons without opening the Customize Toolbar window: Hold down the Shift key while you drag and drop a button to a different location in the toolbar.

    To restore the default setup, with all buttons displayed, click Reset.

    3. Click Close.

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