VMWare Fusion 3.0 and the "file association" counter-intuitive ...
VMware has finally released the long-awaited new version of Fusion , came to 3.0, adding many new features that finally make it one of the best virtualization software in Mac.
One of the biggest gaps I've always complained in Fusion was a lack in the ability to open files with a virtualized Windows application directly from Finderl (Ex: open an XLS file directly from the Finder and make sure it opened with Microsoft Excel 2007 virtualized ). This is actually a file association or associate extensions with a program of your choice.
Despite the efforts of VMWare, you still can not do this by default with Fusion, but with a few tips you can not work around the problem.
- Move to the Finder on the folder where your virtual machine (Windows for instance);
- Right-click on the virtual machine (VM) and select "Show Package Contents" (Show Package Contents);
- At this point, a new window opens in the work folder "Applications" in which there are installed applications in a Windows environment;
- Open another Finder and navigate to the / Applications folder of your Mac and create a new folder called (for example) "Windows Applications";
- Copy us in the applications (the Applications folder in the VM that you want to be indexed by Spotlight as native applications on the Mac;
- Select a file with the extension you want to associate an application to Windows right click and choose "Get Info"
- Select the "Open With" and then "Other" (Open With - Other)
- At this point, choose the application you want to associate the file extension. It can be found easily in the Windows Applications that previously was created in step 4!
- Give OK and click "Change All" ("Change All" . From now on it will open Fusion and its application when you open a file with that extension.
Now some screenshots to better follow the instructions:
Have fun and good virtualization at all!