OS X Leopard / VMWare : Turn on and off opening of files in virtual machines (ie .doc in office for windows)

   Posted April 1, 2009 by Jimmy Selix in Mac OS X Leopard

This recipe will explain how to enable / prevent VMWare Fusion from opening documents when in the Mac OS / Finder (ie not running in a virtual session).  For example, I have Windows XP running in VMWare Fusion and in turn installed Office 2007 and also shared my User folder in XP.  After doing this, I noticed that when i tried to open a .doc or .txt; VMWare Fusion would start my XP Machine and open it in Word 2007 (cool at first but annoying since i had iWork installed and preferred using Pages). For others though this might be nice integration. Here’s how to enable/disable this feature.

Open VMWare Fusion.

Go to Virtual Machine > Shared Folders > Open Shared Folders Settings

Once in here, just check / uncheck the ” Allow your Mac to open applications in the virtual machine” to your liking.



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  • Mark

    Have you tried mounting the Windows disk in Finder with VMDK mount utility?


  • Chris Shevlin

    When I double-click a Word document in Finder I’d like it to open in Word 2007 on my virtual machine rather than Word 2008 on my Mac. Can you tell me how I can make that happen? Thanks very much. Chris

  • Anonymous

    Problem just started (don’t know how), but this solved my problem. Thanks

  • Tanner

    These options are not available for my VMWare 3 preferences. (VMWare Fusion 3.1.2)