You can set how your mouse works, how your virtual machines behave when you quit Fusion, and other general operations.

Procedure

  1. Select VMware Fusion > Preferences.
  2. Click General.
  3. In the When closing a virtual machine section, select how Fusion behaves when you close a virtual machine.

    Option

    Description

    Suspend the virtual machine

    The virtual machine is suspended when you close the virtual machine window.

    If you close a virtual machine window with this preference selected, when you next open the virtual machine, it restarts with applications running and files open much as they would be after you suspended and resumed a laptop computer.

    Power off the virtual machine

    The virtual machine is powered off when you close the virtual machine window.

    Confirm before closing

    Fusion opens a dialog box that asks for confirmation before closing the virtual machine window. To run virtual machines in the background, you must select this option.

  4. In the Gaming section, select a setting that fits how you expect to use your mouse.

    Option

    Description

    Auto-detect Mouse for Games

    Fusion detects when it needs to lock a mouse to a virtual machine window for correct operation during gaming. If no game is detected, the mouse works in the normal fashion. This is the default setting.

    Never Optimize Mouse for Games

    In some cases, the autodetect function can detect nongame applications as games. Use this option to turn autodetect off so that the mouse can work in the normal fashion for these applications.

    Always Optimize Mouse for Games

    In some cases, the autodetect function fails to recognize a game. Use this option to have correct mouse operation for gaming in this instance.

  5. (Optional) : In the Updates section, select the Automatically check for updates check box to have Fusion check for software updates when it starts.

    A message alerts you when a new version of Fusion is available to download and install. If you do not select the Automatically check for updates check box, you can check for updates manually at any time by selecting VMware Fusion > Check for Updates.