VirtualBox

Ticket #1772 (closed defect: worksforme)

Opened 9 years ago

Last modified 7 weeks ago

OSX: Can't re-open main window once closed

Reported by: calum Owned by:
Priority: major Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 1.6.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Mac OS X

Description (last modified by frank) (diff)

Once a VM is running, I like to close the main window to reduce desktop clutter. However, there is no way from the VM's menu bar (or the dock icon) to re-open the main window.

(FWIW, it's a violation of the Mac Human Interface Guidelines to completely change the menu bar for different windows of the same application. The menu bar should remain constant, with items only enabled/disabled according to context.)

Change History

comment:1 Changed 9 years ago by frank

  • Host type changed from other to Mac OS X

comment:2 Changed 9 years ago by frank

  • Component changed from other to GUI

comment:3 Changed 9 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Please reopen if this problem still applies to the latest release 2.2.2.

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by calum

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution fixed deleted

I don't think this is fixed at all. I was asking for a way to open the main VirtualBox.app window from a guest's menubar or dock icon, but I still see no way to do that.

comment:5 Changed 4 years ago by frank

  • Status changed from reopened to closed
  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Description modified (diff)

Works here. Just go to the Applications directory and start VirtualBox (the VM selector).

comment:6 Changed 4 years ago by klaus

Note that the VM manager GUI (shows as "VirtualBox" in the dock) is NOT the same thing as when you're running a VM (shows as "VirtualBoxVM" in the dock), and neither of them is truly document based. This means that the Apple human interface guidelines actually strongly recommend quitting the corresponding application when the last window is closed.

See  Apple HIG: "In general, quit when users close the last open window in your app."

I really don't see what VirtualBox is doing wrong, and therefore this ticket remains closed.

comment:7 follow-up: ↓ 8 Changed 7 weeks ago by romanlevin

  • Status changed from closed to reopened
  • Resolution worksforme deleted

Since the last comment here doesn't address the actual bug at all, I'm going to try and revive this.

The issue here is that when, using the GUI, I start a VM and then close the main GUI window, there is no way to open that window again without shutting down the VM first. This means that I can't for example, start another VM without shutting down the VM I am currently running.

Last edited 7 weeks ago by romanlevin (previous) (diff)

comment:8 in reply to: ↑ 7 Changed 7 weeks ago by socratis

Replying to romanlevin:

there is no way to open that window again without shutting down the VM first. This means that I can't for example, start another VM without shutting down the VM I am currently running.

Yes there is (go to /Applications, run VirtualBox), and no, you don't have to shut down any VM, what are you talking about? Why do you have to shut down your VM in order to have the VirtualBox Manager show up? I'm sorry, but what you're saying doesn't compute.

comment:9 Changed 7 weeks ago by romanlevin

So I had this slightly wrong. You can reopen the main window by going to Applications/VirtualBox.app.

My problem was that at some point I attached VirtualBoxVM to my dock, and I was using that to start VirtualBox, unaware it was not the proper .app to run, since there is not visual difference between them.

comment:10 Changed 7 weeks ago by vushakov

  • Status changed from reopened to closed
  • Resolution set to worksforme
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