I have a apple computer, and am running the apple operating system within a VM on that machine. The VM is running with VMWare.

How do I send keyboard combos that use the command key to the VM? When I use the command key with the VM open, fullscreen or not, the keyboard combination always goes to the host instead of the VM. So, for instance, if I hit command-Q then the entire VM closes instead of the program I have open in the VM.

(The VM does have the VM client tools installed)

Its really killing me to having to mouseclick everything in the VM.

3 Answers 3


Just had to figure this out myself.

Click the Wrench icon or choose Settings from the Virtual Machine Window. Click "Keyboard and Mouse" and choose the Mac profile.

I also had to reboot my VM afterwards.


You just use the Windows key: Using Mac Keyboards in a Virtual Machine

  • It is a MAC VM running on a Mac host. What window key are you referring to? Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 23:59
  • What are you using to access the Mac VM? Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 0:27
  • I'm sorry I may not understand your question- I'm using VMWare Fusion to run the VM. The host is a laptop, I'm typing on its keyboard. Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 1:14

I also think your answer lies in the keyboard & mouse settings. I had myself a slightly different problem: I found a ready-made VM and all was working except command-clic. The solution was also there: when you double-clic "Mac profile" in the keyboard & mouse settings, you have to disable "Button 3" to have command-clic working (at least in my case). Hope this may help someone. :-)

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