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Moving to a New iPad: One User’s Experience

Moving to a new iPad – Not as seamless as it should be I purchased a new iPad this week. Great hardware, but the experience of moving my apps and data from my old iPad to the new one was frustrating and troublesome. Here are my experiences—a few good, but too many bad. Preparation While I was waiting for the new iPad to arrive, I cleaned up the old iPad: removing photos that I … [Read more...]

Customer Success Story: Rapid Text Entry Using Parallels Desktop, Sidecar and an Apple Pencil

A Parallels Desktop Customer Success Story One of the most enjoyable aspects of my work at Parallels is the opportunity to interact with users of Parallels Desktop for Mac and see the truly innovative ways they’re using Windows apps on a Mac. I recently had the opportunity to see how a creative Parallels Desktop user—John Fahmy of Fahmia Inc., an accounting firm in southern … [Read more...]

How to Create a Bootable macOS Installation USB stick

In the category of “tools that can save an ill Mac,” there are few that are more important than a bootable macOS installation USB stick. Whenever I go on a business trip, I make sure I have a couple of these packed in my carry-on luggage. On more than one occasion, this tool has saved the trip from disaster. Your Mac won’t boot? This tool is the first thing to try. You’ve done something by … [Read more...]

A Guide to Taking Screenshots in Parallels Desktop

Taking a screenshot is a common task for many people, but the exact needs of any two users can vary widely. Because of this, the best tool for one person may not be the best tool for another. This blog post contains a list of different screenshot tools so you can pick the one that’s optimal for your current needs. One tool may be best for you today, but a different tool might be best for your … [Read more...]

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...]