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Setting VMware Fusion to confirm you want to close an active VM

I do a lot of work with virtual machines running in VMware’s Fusion hypervisor software. As part of that work, I’ll occasionally run into the following issue:

1. I’m running an application inside a VM.
2. I’m done with whatever it is and want to quit out.
3. The focus of my keyboard is not inside the VM
4. I click the Command () and Q keys to quit the application running inside the VM.
5. Instead of the application inside of the VM quitting, I see this.

Quitting vm instead of app

6. Then I say something like this.

Cursing symbols2

As part of this, I’ve often wished for some way for Fusion to warn me when I’m about to accidentally quit Fusion instead of quitting an application inside a VM. That led to me making the following observation on Twitter:

I was quickly informed that Fusion in fact had exactly that.

For more information, see below the jump.

Setting VMware Fusion 8.x to confirm you want to close a VM:

1. Launch VMware Fusion

Screen Shot 2016 09 09 at 9 03 08 PM

2. Under the VMware Fusion menu, select Preferences…

Screen Shot 2016 09 09 at 8 21 22 PM

3. In the General tab, check the Confirm before closing checkbox.

Screen Shot 2016 09 09 at 8 22 32 PM

4. Close the Preferences window

Once the Confirm before closing option has been selected, actively running Fusion VMs should now prompt you to confirm that you want to close the VM.

Screen Shot 2016 09 09 at 8 24 11 PM

  1. Joss Brown
    September 10, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I use this one: https://github.com/dteoh/SlowQuitApps However, you get another process running in the background, so it might not be preferable to some. Wrong focus, quitting the wrong software, sometimes quitting Finder, if you (like me) have added the Quit command, is very annoying. SlowQuitApps definitely helps across the whole macOS experience.

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