I am using VMWare Workstation 15 to virtualize a linux VM on my Windows 10 host. In Windows 10, you can have multiple (virtual) desktops and switch between them using a hotkey Ctrl+Windows+Left arrow/Right arrow.

What I now want to do is have Desktop 1 with my normal WIndows 10 OS, and have VMWare Workstation on the second virtual desktop in full-screen mode, so that I can switch between the two quickly.

Switching from the OS desktop to the VMWare desktop obviously works, the other way around however not. I suspect that the key combination is catched by the VM. Is there any workaround for that?

  • Is there any workaround for that? - You can change the modifier key to something other than CTRL since the shortcut to switch Virtual desktops cannot be changed. I can convert this into an answer if it's an acceptable workaround. – Ramhound Dec 6 at 18:48
  • Hi @Ramhound, what exactly do you mean by changing the modifier key? I was under the impression that the CTRL+Windows combination is sent to the guest but should be handled by the Windows host instead – waza-ari Dec 8 at 15:48
  • It's not quite what you're asking for, but you might want to try using vmware-kvm which is included with VMware Workstation which allows cycling among the host desktop and VMs. – jamesdlin yesterday
  • Hi jamesdin, thanks. Actually I gave up the virtualization approach as Ubuntu was showing very strange behavior in Workstation (like random freezes, sound not working, ...), I just installed it on the disk now and use it natively. Should I delete the question or should I leave it open for further answers? – waza-ari yesterday

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