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Modifying the hot key setting in VMware Server (1008036)


This article provides steps to customize the hot key preferences in VMware Server 2.0.


The Remote Console does not provide an interface control to set the hot key settings. You must configure hot keys in the user preferences files.
To configure hot keys in the user preferences file:
Note: If you have other VMware products installed, these changes affect the preferences of those products as well.
  1. Open the preferences.ini file in a text editor.

    The preferences.ini file is located at:
    • Windows XP and Windows Server 2000 – C:\Documents and Settings\[username]\Application Data\VMware\
    • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 – %USERPROFILE%\AppData\Roaming\VMware\
    • ~/.vmware/preferences

  2. Add these lines to the file:

    pref.hotkey.gui = "false"
    pref.hotkey.shift = "true"
    pref.hotkey.control = "true"
    pref.hotkey.alt = "true"

    This combination sets the hot keys to  CTRL + ALT + Shift . Other settings yield different combinations.

  3. Save the file and restart the Remote Console.

Update History

01/30/2013 - Added paths for different windows versions

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