How To Customize Keyboard Shortcuts In VirtualBox

The default keyboard shortcuts in VirtualBox can be changed as needed.

Here is how:

In Windows:

Open VirtualBox and select File > Preferences.

accessing preferences in VirtualBox for Windows

Click on Input. It will have two settings – one for the VirtualBox Manager and the other for Virtual Machine.

input settings for VirtualBox for Windows

To change the default shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager, select that.

changing default shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager

Double-click on the specific action for which the keyboard shortcut needs to be changed and assign them in the input field.

Similarly, for changing these shortcuts when using virtual machines, click on the Virtual Machine tab.

changing default shortcuts for Virtual Machine in Windows

Just as with VirtualBox Manager, change the shortcuts by double-clicking next to the assigned actions as needed.

Also, by default, the auto-capture keyboard option is on. This means that when the virtual machines are running, the input from the host system will automatically be used for these machines. To disable it, remove the tick next to it.

changing the keyboard auto-capture settings in VirtualBox

 

In Linux:

The steps are the same. First, access File > Preferences.

accessing preferences in VirtualBox for Linux

Then from the Input section, set the shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager and Virtual Machine as needed.

input settings for VirtualBox for Linux

You can reset the shortcuts to default anytime as needed.

changing default shortcuts for VirtualBox Manager in Linux

changing default shortcuts for Virtual Machine in Linux

There are other useful settings too in VirtualBox like recording virtual machine sessions.

Happy VM-ing.

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