VirtualBox

Ticket #1889 (closed enhancement: fixed)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 3 years ago

Option to create a shortcut to a VM from within the VirtualBox GUI by dragging icon to Desktop / File System -> Fixed in SVN

Reported by: jsnel Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 1.6.2 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Linux

Description

It would be great it it was possible to easily create a shortcut to a (frequently used) VM, simply by dragging the VM icon from the VirtualBox GUI to the Desktop or any other location, that way one would not have to start the VirtualBox GUI first every time one would want to start a VM. I'd really prefer a Desktop Shortcut that would by default "Start" the machine (i.e. Resume from last state / Boot fresh).

As of the moment this is not possible with VirtualBox 1.6.2 running on Linux x68_64 (KDE 3.5.9).

Change History

comment:1 Changed 3 years ago by Technologov

This feature request is still relevant for VBox 3.2.x.

Even if not drag-n-drop, then at least right click on VM icon->create desktop shortcut would be nice too...

VirtualBox provides no standard way to do this procedure.

Due to popular request from forum, I have wrote a custom procedure for Windows hosts: (including using VBox OS icons)

  1. Create batch files somewhere, like:

C:\vbox-bats\Start_XP.bat

This file should have one line:

"C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox\VBoxManage.exe" startvm "Windows XP myVM"
  1. Extract OS icon from VBox (use MS Paint to extract the icon)

print screen, ctrl+V

Then download "GIMP" software and convert it from Bitmap (*.bmp) to Windows Icon (*.ico) format.

  1. create shortcut to desktop (right click on your batch file ->Send To->Desktop)

Right click on the resulting shortcut and change it's icon.

Forum reference:

 http://forum.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=36118&sid=5b2929a6b80cad17fe97845ee76366da

-Technologov, 12.11.2010.

comment:2 Changed 3 years ago by poetzsch

  • Summary changed from Option to create a shortcut to a VM from within the VirtualBox GUI by dragging icon to Desktop / File System to Option to create a shortcut to a VM from within the VirtualBox GUI by dragging icon to Desktop / File System -> Fixed in SVN

Fixed in SVN and this will be included in the next major version.

comment:3 Changed 3 years ago by jsnel

Christmas came early this year! Thank you for fulfilling my wish, this should make working with VirtualBox a lot more enjoyable.

comment:4 Changed 3 years ago by Technologov

Yes, you can try this feature in VirtualBox v4.0 BETA2 released today.

NOTE: This is not drag-n-drop, but right click->create Desktop shortcut. But I enjoy very good user experience.

-Technologov

comment:5 Changed 3 years ago by frank

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