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VMWare Minimize To System Tray and Run Virtual Machine in Background

The Teacher

VMWare Workstation is becoming an essential tool for planning, testing, developing and implementing new technology in an organization, and if you are a part of the virtualization technology, then you may be running VMWare Workstation all daylong.

The problem is the VMWare icon, which continues to display on your Task Bar, even if you are not currently using any Virtual Machine. If you want to minimize VMWare to System Tray, then you will find no option under Preferences. But there is a simple hidden feature that let you run your Virtual Machine in the Background, while Minimizing VMWare to System Tray.

To do this, just hit the Close button when a Virtual Machine is in running state, and VMWare will immediately ask you, if you want to Suspend, Power Off, or Run in Background. Choose Run in Background option, and that’s what you needed.

VMWare is now minimized to System Tray, while your Virtual Machine is still running. Whenever you require to get back into your Virtual Machine, just right-click on the VMWare icon in the System Tray, and choose Open All Background Virtual Machines.

You can also change the System Tray Icon settings by going to Edit, Preferences. Here you can define, either you Always Want to See VMWare Icon in the notification area, or only when a Virtual Machine is running in the background, or Never show icon in the system tray.

If you choose Never, then the only option to get back into VMWare, is to run it again.

You can also configure the default VMWare close action to Run in Background. In Edit, Preferences, make a check mark on, Keep VMs running after workstation closes. So, the next time if you close VMWare, then it will immediately get minimized to System tray without prompting for any action.

The Teacher / Author & Editor

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