The default "Ctrl-Alt-Fx" to get from GUI to a text terminal results in releasing your mouse from virtual machine ("Ctrl-Alt")
Disable mouse release with "Ctrl-Alt-Space" before or define different key sequence
With "Ctrl-Alt-Space" mouse release is disabled and you can press "Ctrl-Alt-F1" (resp. Fx) to change virtual Linux terminal.
If that´s not sufficient, the sequence to release the mouse cursor, this key sequence can be defined in your vmx file (for certain VM) or in your preferences.ini (for all VMs):
pref.hotkey.control = "true"
pref.hotkey.alt = "true
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