VMware Workstation and Server Shortcut Keys

Everybody knows VMware very well because its the biggest need of the world today. It is being used to cut short the cost, time, resources and man power. Using VMware is not a big task but using it efficiently can make a difference. VMware has a couple of very good short cut keys. So what can you do with these keyboard shortcut keys? Here is a list of some of the more important functions:

  • Ungrab your mouse from being synced with the virtual machine and allow you to control it in the host again (assuming no VMware Tools are installed)
  • Switch between virtual machines
  • Leave full screen mode
  • Send Ctrl-Alt-Del to the virtual machine only (and not to the host machine) There are some required keyboard shortcuts you need to know just to use VMware. Then there are other keyboard shortcuts that you must know.

    VMware Workstation Shortcuts

    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:

VMware Server Shortcuts


Create a new Virtual Machine


Open a new Virtual Machine

Ctrl-F4 Remove the tab for a Virtual Machine
Ctrl-D Edit the configuration for a Virtual Machine

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 Virtual Machine
Ctrl-E Power off a Virtual Machine
Ctrl-R Reset power on a Virtual Machine
Ctrl-Z Suspend a Virtual Machine

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