Posted on 2015-01-01
Last Modified: 2015-01-08
I have installed VirtualBox on an iMac running Yosemite 10.10.1. I installed Windows 7 Ultimate on the VM and then installed a copy of Microsoft Office on the VM. My need for installing the VM is to give the kids access to an MS version of Office for schoolwork. I will not use the VM for anything other than this function.

Now that I have the installations completed and have set the VM instance of Windows to run in Seamless mode I need to get the office application accessible. What I want to do is add shortcuts to the office apps on the Mac Dock so the kids will have easy and quick access to the programs they need. I also would like to have the MS applications save the documents into the documents folder associated with the kids user accounts on the Mac or at least have it "appear" they are saved there so the access for the documents is easy and straightforward when they need them.

Are these things possible with VirtualBox? If so how do I go about accomplishing my goals?
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Virtualbox does have this function, called Seamless Mode, but I believe it only works in Windows, Linux and Solaris.

VMware and Parallels has a function called Unity which can do this better.

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Andrew - I have VirtualBox running in seamless mode already, that is supported for Mac OS X in the current version of VB. What I am trying to figure out now is how I can get MS Office accessible in a seamless manner to the kids. I don't want them to have to launch the VM to open office, I would rather have them access the desired office program and have that launch the VM.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
ID: 40526694
It looks like what you desire does not exist yet in virtualbox.

see here

You would need to switch to Parallels for Mac or VMware Fusion

Switch to BootCamp and WIndows.
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by:John Hurst
ID: 40526700
You can see if Fusion can do what you want. VMware Workstation certainly has this in Windows. It is called Unity Mode and it works.

Is the iMAC a desktop machine?  You need to leave whatever virtualizing product you use running so that the VM can keep running.

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ID: 40526708
john - this is a desktop product. I plan to set up the VM product to run continuously in the background but have to figure out how to make that work in VirtualBox.
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by:John Hurst
ID: 40526710
If Virtual Box does not do what you want, you would have to switch products.
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VMware Fusion or Parallels for Mac (which is better!)
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In Parallels, it's called coherence mode.

Parallels works better on the Mac and you can also use the Bootcamp partition.  That will also allow you to boot into Bootcamp for faster speeds.

VirtualBox is much slower.

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