VMware Workstation Pro has checkboxes in its Preferences dialog to disable soft (motion) grab and ungrab, but VMware Workstation Player does not have any graphical UI to configure this. You can, however, manually edit your preferences file:
- Close all running instances of VMware Workstation Player and VMware Workstation Pro.
- Open the preferences file in a text editor. (On Windows, this file is located at
%APPDATA%\VMware\preferences.ini; on Linux, this file is
Add the following lines:
pref.motionGrab = "FALSE"
pref.motionUngrab = "FALSE"
pref.motionUngrab lines already exist in the preferences file, change their values.) You now will need to click in the guest window (or press Ctrl+G) to grab and will need to press Ctrl+Alt to ungrab.
This will affect all VMs. To disable automatic mouse ungrab per VM edit the vmx file (with the VM turned off) and add a line:
mks.gamingMouse.policy = "gaming"
See https://communities.vmware.com/thread/398026 for other setting options.