How to change CTRL+ALT hotkeys in VMware Player

You probably know the VMware player – a freeware virtualization software package from VMware. You can create your own microgaming casinos in new zealand virtual machines for free. It doesn’t support features such as Teams, multiple snapshots and Clones etc. It is available only for non-commercial usage. At home, I’m pure Linux user and need to test CQRLOG on several distributions, so I use it very often.

If you want to leave a virtual machine, the default hotkey is CTRL+ALT. This hotkey with arrow keys is widely used in Gnome. So if you wanted to use CTRL+ALT+right arrow to switch to another workplace, nothing happened, even your mouse and keyboard leave the virtual machine. This is very annoying. I tried to find the solution. It took some time but finally I found this page: (in PDF). It seems that you can change a lot of VMware Player parameters in a config file. If you want to change the CTRL+ALT hotkey do this: Close the VMware Player. Open the config file in ~/.vmware/preferences (on Windows7 it is in Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\VMware\preferences.ini) and to the end of the file put this:

pref.hotkey.shift = "true"
pref.hotkey.alt = "true"
pref.hotkey.control = "true"

Save the file, run VMware Player and in the bottom of window you’ll see this:

Now you can switch between workspaces without any problem.


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