List of all of the vmware keyboard shortcuts

Sep 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Technology


F11 switches to full-screen mode and back to normal mode
Ctrl-Alt-Insert sends a Ctrl-Alt-Delete to the VMware Guest OS
Ctrl-Alt is also used for – exiting full screen mode
Ctrl-Alt-Enter Expands the current VM into full-screen. If you have a number of VMs, this sequence will also move you between virtual machines
Ctrl-Alt-Tab switch between VMs when the mouse is grabbed
Ctrl-Tab switch between VMs when the mouse is not grabbed but VMware is the active window
Ctrl-Alt is used to exit a Virtual machine from having control of your mouse and return your mouse control to the host machine
Ctrl-Alt-Space will allow you to send a keyboard sequence usually used with VMware server to the VMware guest without VMware Server recognizing it

Now, here are some more that are used just within the VMware Server application to perform certain functions:

Ctrl-N create a new VM
Ctrl-O open a new VM
Ctrl-F4 remove the tab for a VM
Ctrl-D edit the config for a VM
Ctrl-G grab the input from your mouse/keyboard on the current VM (same as clicking on the console of the VM with your mouse)
Ctrl-P edit VMware Preferences
Ctrl-B power on a VM
Ctrl-E power off a VM
Ctrl-R reset power on a VM
Ctrl-Z suspend a VM

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