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Keyboard Shortcuts

If you prefer to work from the keyboard as much as possible, you may find the following keyboard shortcuts handy. If you have changed the Preferences setting for the hot-key combination, substitute your new setting for Ctrl-Alt as needed in the shortcuts listed here.

Shortcut

Action

Ctrl-B

Power on.

Ctrl-E

Power off.

Ctrl-R

Reset the power.

Ctrl-Z

Suspend.

Ctrl-N

Create a new virtual machine.

Ctrl-O

Open a virtual machine.

Ctrl-F4

Close the summary/console view for the selected virtual machine.

A confirmation dialog appears only if the virtual machine is powered on.

Ctrl-D

Edit the virtual machine's configuration.

Ctrl-G

Grab input from keyboard and mouse.

Ctrl-P

Edit preferences.

Ctrl-Alt-Enter

Go to full screen mode.

Ctrl-Alt

Return to normal (windowed) mode.

Ctrl-Alt-Tab

Switch among open virtual machines while mouse and keyboard input are grabbed.

Ctrl-Tab

Switch among open virtual machines while mouse and keyboard input are not grabbed. VMware Workstation must be the active application.

Ctrl-Shift-Tab

Switch among open virtual machines while mouse and keyboard input are not grabbed. VMware Workstation must be the active application.

Ctrl-Alt-Fx

Linux hosts: Switch among open virtual machines while using full screen mode. Fx is a function key corresponding to the virtual machine you want to use. The key combination to use for a virtual machine is shown in the VMware Workstation title bar when that virtual machine is active and in normal (windowed) mode.

Windows hosts: For an additional similar functionality, see Using Full Screen Switch Mode.

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