MacBook Pro Early 2011 - Mac OSX 10.7.2 VMWare Fusion 4.0.2 Guest OS is Win7 64-bit, all the latest updates. MS Office 2010 w/latest.

So, basically I'm using the Win7 guest OS for Outlook only (I need to run Taglocity, which doesn't work with Mac Office 2011). Anyway, when I get emailed a URL I can click on it and the URL is opened in my default browser on the Host OS. Love it! I want to do the same thing for documents that I receive. I want to be able to open an email attachment that is a PDF, DOCX, PPTX, etc. and have it open in the host appropriate Mac OSX app. I feel like I should be able to do this, but can't quite get my mind around it.

In Fusion Preferences > Default Applications I have checked "Open your Windows files and Web links using Mac applications". The second part of the "Web links" works fine. But not the first!

Edit: I should also say that VMware tools are installed!

Can anyone help me out here? How can I get my Host apps to be associated with file types in my Windows guest?

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It should work automatically. Try upgrading to Fusion 4.1.2. Be sure to update the VMware Tools, too.

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