VMWare Fusion 3.0 and the "file association" unintuitive ...
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 that I have always complained in Fusion was the 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 it opened with Microsoft Excel 2007 virtualized ). This is in fact a file association, or associate extensions with a choice program.
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.
- Position the Finder on the folder where your Virtual Machine (Windows for instance);
- Click with the right button on the VM (Virtual Machine) and select "Show Package Contents" (Show Package Contents);
- At this point you open a new window is located inside the folder "Applications" in which there are the applications installed in the Windows environment;
- Open another Finder and navigate to the / Applications folder for Mac and create a new folder called (for example) "Windows Applications";
- Copy us in the applications (from the Applications folder in the VM that you want to be indexed by Spotlight as native applications on Mac;
- Select a file with the extension you want to associate an application to Windows and right-click 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 directions:
Have fun and good virtualization at all!