When I run VMWare Fusion in Unity mode, is there any way to see the desktop or access the files on the desktop? Or must I switch into Single Window/Full Screen mode?

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You cannot view the windows desktop as the "Desktop" in Unity (As @mankoff said, you can open it as a folder). The intention of Unity is to Run Windows apps "side by side" with Mac apps. This means the Mac desktop is the desktop.

I remember there was an option to "Show taskbar in unity" in a older version. Unable to find it in version 3 (did not look for long, anyway I think this is not very useful)

BTW, the way I use VMWare is only for application installs. All my data still stays on my mac (in a special folder if required) but not inside the VM. Helps me back them up, email them if required (even when the VM is suspended). So I never felt a need to see the desktop.

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    Show Taskbar in Unity is found under the View menu. Also Show System Tray in Unity option is present. (I have VMWare Fusion 3.1.2) Feb 13, 2011 at 18:35
  • @koiyu I see it now. Missed it perhaps because I never felt the need for the view menu in the recent days (got Fusion 3 in Dec), the VM is almost always in Unity.
    – Nivas
    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:55
  • note that shared folders under Fusion are maddeningly slow (try using Visual Studio with a non-trivial project stored in a shared folder).
    – magma
    Sep 23, 2015 at 22:38

You can view the Desktop as a folder in Windows Explorer.

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