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Using Drag and Drop

With the drag and drop features of VMware Workstation 5, you can move files easily between a Windows host and a Windows virtual machine. You can drag and drop individual files or entire directories.

You can drag and drop files or folders from a file manager, such as Windows Explorer, on the host to a file manager in the virtual machine or vice versa. You can also drag files from a file manager to an application that supports drag and drop — or from applications such as zip file managers that support drag-and-drop extraction of individual files.

When you drag a file or folder from host to virtual machine or from virtual machine to host, Workstation copies the file or folder to the location where you drop it. This means, for example, that if you drop a file on the desktop icon of a word processor, the word processor opens with a copy of the original file. The original file does not reflect any changes you make to the copy.

Initially, the application opens using a copy of the file that is stored in your temp directory (as specified in the %TEMP% environment variable). To protect any changes you make, choose File > Save As from the application's menu and save the file in a different directory. Otherwise it may be overwritten or deleted by mistake.

To disable or enable drag and drop for a virtual machine

1. Open the virtual machine settings editor (VM > Settings), click the Options tab and select Guest isolation.

2. Select Disable drag and drop to and from this virtual machine to disable the feature. Deselect it to enable the feature.

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