VirtualBox: Change the Host Key

When you are running a guest operating system in VirtualBox (innotek’s x86 virtualizer), it will capture your mouse cursor for use within the guest OS. To use your cursor on your host operating system, you need to use the Host Key. VirtualBox uses the Right Ctrl key as the default key. The laptop that I use VirtualBox on has no Right Ctrl key, so another key is needed as the Host Key. If you are in this situation, or would just prefer that the Host Key be something easier for you to use, follow these steps:


1. Open innotek VirtualBox.

2. Click File and select Preferences.

3. In the left pane, select Input.

4. In the right pane, go to the Keyboard section and click the box next to Host Key (the one containing Right Ctrl).

5. Press the key you wish to be the new Host Key (I used Right Alt as my new host key). The new value will appear in the box.

6. Click OK.

 

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19 Responses to “VirtualBox: Change the Host Key”

  1. March 07, 2009 at 2:42 am, anon said:

    Excellent

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  2. April 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm, Raoul said:

    Fantastic¡¡¡¡ Thanks

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  3. June 09, 2009 at 10:58 am, another anon said:

    Thank you

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  4. June 23, 2009 at 1:54 pm, Guest said:

    Thank you!

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  5. August 01, 2009 at 9:21 am, hari said:

    thanks

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  6. August 03, 2009 at 1:30 am, Eric said:

    Thanks

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  7. October 18, 2009 at 4:01 pm, innotek 5100 said:

    Thank you for the post!

    Matt

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  8. October 19, 2009 at 1:25 pm, Anonymous said:

    thanks!

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  9. January 14, 2010 at 10:10 am, Eric said:

    There should be a way to use multiple keys as host key. I like used ctrl+alt+shift in vmware

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  10. June 30, 2010 at 4:51 am, Kamrul said:

    Thank you so much. It works

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  11. September 01, 2010 at 2:07 pm, Anonymous said:

    oh nice!! I’m looking for this :D

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  12. November 14, 2010 at 6:35 am, Umarje said:

    Thanks a lot :D

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  13. December 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm, rama said:

    Thanks Man Great Job

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  14. May 03, 2011 at 8:24 am, AB said:

    Thank you!

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  15. May 12, 2011 at 10:42 am, Asif Hizbullah said:

    Thanks…………….

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  16. February 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm, anova said:

    thaaaaaanx a lot

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  17. March 13, 2012 at 5:46 am, Marty said:

    I have a Toshiba laptop with no right control key and needed to change the host key to the left control key.
    Great, thanks for posting this simple explanation!!

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  18. November 09, 2013 at 2:07 pm, alin said:

    Obrigada!!

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  19. April 03, 2014 at 2:06 am, pavana said:

    Thank u :-) it helped a lot.

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