How To Open Documents With Windows Applications On Mac OS (Using VMWare Fusion)

I love VMWare Fusion, because it allows me to run Windows applications on my Mac seamlessly. It gets to the point that I want some forms of documents to always open with Windows applications. For instance, I don’t like Mac Office, and would rather use Windows Office to open my Office documents. The problem was that when you go to “Get Info” in Finder, some of the Office applications wouldn’t be listed.

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I solved this by searching for where the applications were located, and found them in this path:

~/Documents/Virtual Machines/

Select the machine that you want (it’ll look like .vmwarevm), and then right-click on it, and choose “Show Package Contents”. When you’re inside, go to the Applications folder, and you’ll see all your applications there.

Now that you know where the applications are, you can either create a link and place them where you want (e.g. in your ~/Applications/ folder), or whenever you do a “Get Info” on a document, you can choose to open all files in the future with those applications (by browsing to that location, and selecting the appropriate application).

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How To Quickly Zoom In/Out In Mac Office (Word, etc)

In Windows, you’d use Ctrl+Scroll Up or Scroll Down to zoom in or out of your Microsoft Office documents. I tried doing this in Mac Word, but Ctrl+Scroll does nothing. I tried all the other modifier keys, such as Option, Shift, Command, Fn, but to no avail. Then I tried mixing it up, and I finally found the shortcut!

So to zoom in/out of a Mac Office document, such as a Mac Word document, you just need to hold Ctrl + Cmd, and scroll up or down.

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