The thumbnail bar appears along the bottom of the Workstation Pro window.

For active virtual machines, Workstation Pro updates the thumbnail in real time to show the actual content of the virtual machine. When a virtual machine is suspended, the thumbnail is a screenshot of the virtual machine at the time that it was suspended.


If the thumbnail bar is not visible, select View > Customize > Thumbnail Bar.


  • Click a thumbnail to show the summary or console view for a virtual machine.
  • Click thumbnails to quickly switch between virtual machines.
  • To change the order of the thumbnails, change the order of the virtual machine tabs.
    Thumbnails appear in the same order as the virtual machine tabs. To move a virtual machine tab, drag and drop it to a new location.
  • To change the virtual machines that appear in the thumbnail bar, select Open Virtual Machines or Folder View Virtual Machines from the thumbnail bar drop-down menu.
    The drop-down menu is a down-arrow on the thumbnail bar.