I’m using VMWare Workstation a lot to virtualize my testing environments. Along with many other OSs that I’m using there are Linux systems and one of the most useful functionality in Linux are (in my opinion) virtual terminals. Virtual terminal is like your another monitor, so when doing many things you can avoid mess by using few “desktops” instead of one. In Linux you’re creating and switching between terminals by pressing CTRL+ALT+F1-12. Problem with VMWare is that CTRL+ALT has special meaning there, so pressing mentioned combination does nothing. Instead you can use workaround, first press CTRL+ALT+SPACE, then release SPACE and press F1-12 button.