With a keyboard shortcut, you can switch some of the Fusion power command options that appear in the Virtual Machine menu and the applications menu, from the default option.

About this task

The shortcut applies to the Shut Down/Power Off and Restart/Reset power-option pairs as listed in the Virtual Machine menu and the applications menu (The applications menu icon is a small monochromatic version of the VMware Fusion logo.). Pressing the Option or Alt key does not affect the power buttons in the toolbar.

For example, if your virtual machine defaults to the soft options, Shut Down and Restart, holding down either the Option key or the Alt key changes the soft options to the hard options, Power Off and Reset, respectively.

Pressing the Option or Alt key has no effect on other power options.

Note:

You can also configure Fusion to permanently display the hard option or soft option of a power-option pair. Therefore, you can change Shut Down to Power Off and Restart to Reset. Later, when you access the Virtual Machine or application (The applications menu icon is a small monochromatic version of the VMware Fusion logo.) menu while the virtual machine is in a powered-on state, Fusion lists the Power Off option instead of Shut Down option and the Reset option instead of the Restart option. See Configure Virtual Machine Power Options.

Procedure

  1. Select Virtual Machine to display the Virtual Machine menu.
  2. Hold down the Option key (Mac keyboards) or Alt key (PC keyboards) and select an alternative power option.
    Table 1. Power Commands

    Soft Option

    Hard Option

    Shut Down

    Power Off, also called Force Shut Down

    Restart

    Reset, also called as Force Restart

    See Options for Fusion Power Commands for descriptions of the power commands.