Get Adobe Flash player

Stuck in a VM – to release the mouse press the host key

So everybody and their mother has a virtualization product now. Too bad all the vendors could not standardize on the same key (or key combinations) that releases the mouse from a virtual machine’s (VM) console window. Until that day happens (don’t hold your breath) this post will be my listing of known host key or key combinations by vendor and product for when your mouse is stuck in a VM.

Please leave a comment on any products I have not included and I’ll update the list.

Updated 10.03.08 – corrected key combination for Mac versions and created separate rows for VMware Fusion and Parallels Workstation

Vendor

Host Key

Products

VMware

Ctrl+Alt (Windows and Linux)

ESX, ESXi, Workstation, Server, Player, Ace

VMware

Ctrl-Cmd (Mac)

Fusion

Microsoft

Right Alt

Virtual Server 2005 R2, Hyper-V, Virtual PC 2007

Citrix

Ctrl+Alt

XenServer

Virtual Iron

Ctrl+Alt

Virtual Iron 4.x

KVM

Right Ctrl

KVM, Qemu

Sun xVM

Right Ctrl

xVM Server, VirtualBox

Parallels

Ctrl+Alt (Windows)

Workstation

Parallels

Ctrl+Option(Alt) (Mac)

Workstation

 

One of the posts I used as a research reference was Common Virtualization Keyboard Shortcuts from x86virtualization.com. Check out this post for a complete listing all keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft and VMware products besides the one for escaping the mouse from the VM console.

Related Posts

  • VMware’s response to the Oracle VM Announcement (0)
    Shortly after Oracle announced their new free Xen-based virtualization product VMware sent an email to all it's partners addressing the confusion caused by Oracle's claims. The following […]
  • Everything Xen (1)
    Try to see it once my way Everything Zen Everything Zen I don't think so Bush - Everything Zen Xen, XenSource, XenServer, and Zen. What are they? Which one do I use to virtualize […]
  • Mixed vendor virtual data center (4)
    Is the mixed virtualization vendor data center possible? is Virtualization Pro blog that builds upon other discussions about the technical advantages and administrative logistics involved […]
  • Is Citrix XenServer cheaper than VMware ESX Server? (27)
    A Few Thoughts on Xen posted on blog.scottlowe.org got me thinking about the pricing differences between Citrix XenServer and VMware ESX Server. It is a general assumption that Xen Server […]
  • Things that make you go hmmmm – March 28, 2008 (0)
    It is a saying made famous by former talk show host and comedian Arsenio Hall. It is the title of a C + C Music Factory dance hit. Now "Things that make you go hmmmm" will be a series of […]
  • XenServer integrates everRun VM for HA features (3)
    Compared to VMware ESX Enterprise Edition, business continuity and high availability features are lacking when deploying Citrix XenServer "out of the box." Specifically, XenServer does not […]
  • VirtualBox: opensource alternative to VMware Workstation 6.5 (8)
    Innotek VirtualBox is a free, open-source alternative to VMware workstation. Aquired by Sun Microsystems earlier this year, VirtualBox has quickly become one of the leading developer […]
  • 6 Server Virtualization Platforms with Free product offerings (7)
    5 Linux-based Virtualization Companies to Watch on Ken Hess's Linux Blog is a post about the 5 main server virtualization platforms based on Linux. Ken also mentions the only non Linux […]
  • Windows 7 Beta VirtualBox Install hosted on Ubuntu 8.10 (8)
    Not too long ago I published a visual how to guide for installing Windows 7 Beta on VMware Workstation 6.5. In this post I am illustrating how to install Windows 7 in a VirtualBox 2.1 […]
  • Help Me Choose a Hypervisor (9)
    I was researching Dell's latest announcement, Dell Unveils Virtualization Blockbuster – From Servers and Storage to Software and Services and trying to find definitive proof of the $99 […]
  • http://www.malaysiavm.com Malaysia VMware

    Stupid M$ always make it different from others

  • http://www.malaysiavm.com Malaysia VMware

    Stupid M$ always make it different from others

  • http://blog.scottlowe.org Scott Lowe

    Only one small correction, Rich: VMware Fusion uses Ctrl-Cmd, which on a Mac is distinct and different than Ctrl-Alt. Macs do have an Alt key, but the Cmd key is unique to Macs.

  • http://blog.scottlowe.org Scott Lowe

    Only one small correction, Rich: VMware Fusion uses Ctrl-Cmd, which on a Mac is distinct and different than Ctrl-Alt. Macs do have an Alt key, but the Cmd key is unique to Macs.

  • http://vmetc.com rbrambley

    Thanks for the catch Scott. I have updated the table for Fusion and for th e Mac key combination for Parallels.

  • http://vmetc.com Rich

    Thanks for the catch Scott. I have updated the table for Fusion and for th e Mac key combination for Parallels.

  • http://x86Virtualization.com Bradford Knowlton

    Richard,

    Glad you enjoyed my post at x86Virtualization.com. It is something I wrote a long time ago, and really need to go back and update it. I don’t think much has changed, but there are a few new products out there which I should add.

    Bradford Knowlton
    http://x86virtualization.com/

  • http://x86Virtualization.com Bradford Knowlton

    Richard,

    Glad you enjoyed my post at x86Virtualization.com. It is something I wrote a long time ago, and really need to go back and update it. I don’t think much has changed, but there are a few new products out there which I should add.

    Bradford Knowlton
    http://x86virtualization.com/

  • http://vmetc.com rbrambley

    Bradford,

    Please let me know if you update or write a new post with new product keyboard shortcuts and I’ll definitely make sure the VM /ETC readers know about it! Thanks for proving a great single point of reference.

  • http://vmetc.com Rich

    Bradford,

    Please let me know if you update or write a new post with new product keyboard shortcuts and I\’ll definitely make sure the VM /ETC readers know about it! Thanks for proving a great single point of reference.

  • smed

    Thanks!

    ::shakes fist at microsoft::

  • http://vmetc.com rbrambley

    smed,

    LOL. Sounds like you found this post for similar reasons that made me
    write it!

    *Rich Brambley*
    rbrambley@gmail.com

    VM /ETC <http://feeds2.feedburner.com/%7Er/vmetc/%7E6/2>

    ? Grab this Headline Animator
    <http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/headlineanima…>

  • http://vmetc.com rbrambley

    smed,

    LOL. Sounds like you found this post for similar reasons that made me
    write it!

  • Not Bill Gates

    Also a quick “thank you”. The MS help docs take forever to have that info, or clean links to it. Your note was right there in Google when I looked for help.

  • Pam

    Just an FYI, while the Right Alt key is the host key for all MS virtual machines, this will not release the mouse if you are connecting to a VM via Hyper-V. In Hyper-V it's Alt+Ctrl+Right Arrow

  • Pam

    Sorry, make that Alt+Ctrl+LEFT arrow :)

  • http://vmetc.com rbrambley

    Pam,

    Thanks for the Hyper-V tip

Badges

follow-me-twitter

I blog with Blogsy

Comments / DISQUS