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Setting General Preferences for VMware Workstation

Setting General Preferences for VMware Workstation

The Settings menu allows you to change a number of settings that apply to VMware Workstation itself, no matter what virtual machine your are running.

To make changes to these settings on a Windows host, choose Settings > Preferences.

Input -

The Input tab on a Windows host lets you adjust the way that the virtual machine captures control of keyboard and mouse.

To change the input settings on a Linux host, choose Settings > Input Preferences, then click an item on the cascading menu to toggle its setting on or off.

Hot keys -

The Hot Key tab on a Windows host lets you change the key combination that determines whether certain combinations of keys are passed to the guest operating system or intercepted by VMware Workstation.

For example, you may want to change hot key combinations from Ctrl-Alt-<key> to Ctrl-Shift-Alt-<key> to prevent Ctrl-Alt-Delete from being intercepted by VMware Workstation instead of being sent to the guest operating system.

Note: Because Ctrl-Alt is the key combination used to tell VMware Workstation to release (ungrab) mouse and keyboard input, combinations that include Ctrl-Alt are not passed to the guest operating system. If you need to use such a combination - for example, use Ctrl-Alt-<Fkey> to switch between Linux workspaces in a virtual machine - press Ctrl-Alt-Space, release Space without releasing Ctrl and Alt, then press the third key of the key combination you want to send to the guest.

Using this dialog box, you can also construct your own custom hot key combination.

On a Linux host, Choose Settings > Hot Key Modifiers.
A dialog box allows you to set the hot key combination.

Process priorities -

The Priority tab on a Windows host lets you determine the priority that the Windows process scheduler gives to your virtual machines when mouse and keyboard input are going to a particular virtual machine and when input is not going to that virtual machine.

You can adjust these settings to improve overall system performance based on the relative priority of work you are doing in various virtual machines and on the host computer.

To change the settings for a particular virtual machine, and override the global settings, open the virtual machine you want to adjust, choose Settings > Local Priority, then click the priority setting you want to use for that virtual machine.

There is no corresponding setting on a Linux host.

Reserved memory size -

The Memory tab on a Windows host lets you adjust the amount of memory reserved for all running virtual machines.

On a Linux host, choose Settings > Reserved Memory.
A dialog box allows you to adjust the amount of memory reserved to all running virtual machines.

For details on adjusting memory settings in VMware Workstation, see Memory Usage Notes.

Administrative lockout for certain features -

The Lockout tab on a Windows host lets you restrict who can create new virtual machines, edit virtual machine configurations and change networking settings. For details, see Locking Out Interface Features.

There are no corresponding settings on a Linux host.

Access to recently used machines and path for virtual machine files -

The Workspace tab on a Windows host let you set the maximum number of virtual machines that can be listed in the File > Open Recent and File > Instant Restore menus. It also lets you change the default path for storing virtual machine files.

There are no corresponding settings on a Linux host.

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