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Working at Home with Parallels Access

These are challenging times, and I’m sure many of you are working at home—just like I am right now—and sometimes need something in the office to complete your work. I’m not as organized as I should be, and I don’t have every single file and folder I’m working with on my laptop (a MacBook Pro), nor do I religiously keep all my files in a cloud service like Dropbox or OneDrive. Sometimes a file … [Read more...]

The Clipboard History Tool – Parallels Toolbox for Mac

Dedication: The clipboard is the unifying concept behind cut, copy, and paste. The individual responsible for cut, copy, and paste, Larry Tesler, passed away this month. Larry wrote the preface to my book, Object-Oriented Programming for the Macintosh, and was the person who hired me at Apple so many, many years ago. The computing world lost an important pioneer, and this blog post is dedicated to … [Read more...]

Chromium-Based Microsoft Edge Browser Released

Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, according to ComputerWorld. Two years ago, Microsoft announced that it would move its Microsoft Edge browser over to Chromium, the open-source foundation on which Chrome is based. That effort has finally come to fruition with the release of a new version of Microsoft Edge, available for Windows (10, 8 and 7), macOS®, … [Read more...]

Adding Many Full-Size Icons to the Mac Dock

I use the Mac Dock a lot, and I configure it to have the most useful set of icons that I can. Unfortunately, when you add lots of icons to the Dock, the icons become tiny. In this blog post, I will show you how I add many full-sized icons to my Dock. You can see what the end result is in Figure 1. Figure 1_Nine full-sized icons for Windows app in the Mac Dock The trick here is to add … [Read more...]

The Power of Rollback Mode in Parallels Desktop

Have you ever wanted a giant undo button on your computer? A button that would help you in situations like this: That update that I installed last week has really messed things up. I wish I could just go back in time and undo what I did.I got some really bad advice about some tricky Windows setting changes, and my PC is much worse. I wish I could undo the effects of all those changes.What was I … [Read more...]

How to Use Coherence Mode in Parallels Desktop

What is Coherence? Coherence is one of the four ways to view Parallels Desktop. In the Parallels documentation, these are called “view modes”: WindowFull ScreenPicture-in-Picture (PiP)Coherence Figure 1 Window – Notice that both Windows applications (Word and Excel in this figure) are seen, but they are constrained to fit in the overall Windows window. Mac® applications (Keynote in … [Read more...]

Age of Empires II and Parallels Desktop

As I‘ve written in earlier blog posts, Age of Empires is my most favorite game of all time. So you can imagine my dismay when Microsoft announced in 2008 that they were shutting down Ensemble Studios, the development studio for all the Age of Empires titles. It would appear that Microsoft has reconsidered the decision to end the Age of Empires line, as they’ve recently released two significant … [Read more...]

How to Set up Your Catalina Mac to Run 32-bit apps

In a recent blog post, my colleague Kayla Myrhow did an excellent job explaining the 32-bit application issue for users who are considering or have already moved to macOS® Catalina. In this post, I’ll show you how to set up your Mac® to continue to run 32-bit apps. You can do this either before or after you upgrade to macOS Catalina. There are only two steps, but it does take about 45 minutes … [Read more...]

Parallels Desktop 15: 10 Features in 10 Minutes (OK, more like 8 minutes!)

I spent most of August traveling around Asia and presenting demonstrations of Parallels Desktop® 15 for Mac to various audiences, including technical press, bloggers and Parallels partners. The new Parallels Desktop feature that received the most positive reaction? The conversion to Metal and support for DirectX 11 in Windows. Also well received was the ability to play Xbox games in Windows 10 … [Read more...]

Sidecar and Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

I’ve been using macOS® Catalina since the day it was publicly announced on June 4, 2019. That evening I had the first developer preview of Catalina running in a virtual machine (VM) in Parallels Desktop® 15 for Mac. While Catalina has many interesting features, the one I find most useful is Sidecar. Sidecar enables you to use an iPad® as a secondary screen on your Mac®. Figure 1 shows a midway … [Read more...]