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Virtual Lab - How to Save Your Work Safely for Macs

This article outlines how to save your work to another drive when you are working in the Virtual Lab on a Mac machine.

Some UWEX programs use the Virtual Lab Infrastructure to create a secure connection between your computer and a virtual Windows desktop in which your program software is installed. This infrastructure uses a non-persistent environment, similar to an in-person computer lab. You will need to install the VMWare Horizon Client to access and use a virtual lab for class assignments and projects that require specialized software applications.

The Mac version of this series of documents contains four important sections of information for students:

  • Virtual Lab System Requirements (Part A
  • Accessing the Virtual Lab and How to Get Help (Part B
  • Virtual Lab Installation and Navigation Instructions (Part C
  • How to Save Work Safely in the Virtual Lab (Part D) (This page)

E. Saving Work Safely While in the Virtual Lab

Because your Virtual Lab exists in a non-persistent environment, you will need to be sure to save your work on your local computer or a drive such as an external hard drive or flash drive.

1. In the Virtual Lab, hover your mouse at the very top of the screen for a few seconds. A grey bar will appear with some options.


You can choose to access the USB option from any of the below locations:

The middle button on the toolbar
Toolbar USB location

The "Connection" tab on the toolbar
Connection tab on toolbar

Or the "Help" menu in the toolbar. Just type in your search.
Toolbar Help Menu

NOTE: The Virtual Desktop will take a minute or two before the USB device is fully functional.

    2. When you are working on a document or project, to save your progress, you will need to select the appropriate location. The below example will use a Word document, but the process will be similar for other file types.

    3. Choose to “Save As.” ***Note that you will need to choose the Desktop labeled "Z:>>Desktop" to save to your USB drive or local machine.***

    Save As Window

    4. If the above looks a little different, just click "Browse" to determine the destination of the file.
    Browse Location

    5. Find your appropriate drive. Your USB drive or personal machine will appear under “This PC.”
    Finding Drive

    6. To access files on your local machine, click the finder at the bottom of the lab

    Please Note: If you are working in Microsoft Project within the Virtual Lab, you may encounter difficulties after hitting the "Save" button. If so, please choose "Save As" instead. You can save different versions of your document or overwrite the old one. This is a known issue with Microsoft Project, but the "Save As" option works.


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    Owner:Christy S.Group:Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning
    Created:2018-11-02 10:33 CDTUpdated:2020-04-22 10:14 CDT
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