Cycle through open VMs in Fusion

The Mac Is not my native platform.  Up until a couple of years ago, I was a hardcore Windows junkie.  That said, I now consider myself very much platform agnostic, but I have less experience with Mac OS X than I do with Windows, but every day is a learning experience!

I tend to run more than one virtual machine. I regularly test new software and have needs that go beyond a single virtual machine.  Although Mac aficionados may laugh, I didn’t know until recently how to cycle through various incarnations of an open program.  So, if I wanted to switch between running virtual machines, I used the mouse and the Window menu to choose the desired VM.  However, I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts.

For those of you that might be in a similar scenario, keep this simple keystroke in mind for all applications on Mac OS X: Command + tilde.  That allows you to cycle through all running copies of an application.  So, you can cycle through all of your open VMs, all of your open Word documents and so on.

If you want to change this key combination, from Fusion, go to VMware Fusion > Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Fusion Shortcuts and change the Cycle Through Windows setting.

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This, my friends, is my simple tip of the day, but it’s saved me a bunch of time!

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