LKBEN10775: Howto change virtual terminals in a vmware virtual machine

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LKB | Created: 02/04/2020 | Version: 0 | Language: EN | Rating: 0 | Outdated: False | Marked for deletion: False

Author: Wim Peeters - Keskon GmbH & Co. KG


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.shift = "true"
pref.hotkey.control = "true"
pref.hotkey.alt = "true
This will change hotkeys from "Ctrl-Alt" to "Ctrl-Alt-Shift" (this will not change the hint in the Status Line of the player though!!!).

About the Author

Wim Peeters is electronics engineer with an additional master in IT and over 30 years of experience, including time spent in support, development, consulting, training and database administration. Wim has worked with SQL Server since version 6.5. He has developed in C/C++, Java and C# on Windows and Linux. He writes knowledge base articles to solve IT problems and publishes them on the Lubby Knowledge Platform.


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