When running a Parallels virtual machine (i.e. Windows 7), cmd-tab behaves as the Parallels icon showing the list of virtual machines (which can be closed) and a separate icon for each open Windows application.

It would improve my productivity for Windows to appear as a single icon that just switches to whatever is open on my Windows VM. How do I do this?

I am running OSX 10.9 and Parallels 9.

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You must deselect the "Share Windows applications with Mac" option in the Applications pane of your VM's configuration. enter image description here


Try (ctrl - left alt - tab) & (right alt - tab) should do the trick…

Well it does it using VMware where you can also change inside "VMWare" menu "Preferences… "Keyboard & Mouse" pane the key mappings to give priority either to the VM or the host. I don't see why it wouldn't be the same with Parallels…

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