Opened 15 years ago

Closed 10 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

#3506 closed enhancement (fixed)

Option to completely disable mouse capturing

Reported by: Robin Lewis Owned by:
Component: other Version: VirtualBox 2.1.4
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: other Host type: other


I've currently got a Debian Lenny virtual machine running that is essentially a headless box. X is never going to be installed, and after about half an hour of fruitless searching, I've come to the conclusion that it is not possible to disable mouse capturing. Would it be possible, for example, to add a "peripherals" option of some description in the VM properties to disable the virtual mouse device entirely?

Change History (13)

in reply to:  description comment:1 by Ethan Tira-Thompson, 15 years ago

I would like to second this ticket — it's really annoying if all you want is a command-line terminal, that the mouse keeps being "eaten" when you click the window. It would be wonderful if mouse integration still worked so I could select/copy text in the console, but as a runner-up at least let us disable the pointless mouse capture.

comment:2 by intx13, 15 years ago

"Thirded". This is very annoying as it means you have to aim for the titlebar of a VM window; a pain when you're switching between multiple on-screen VMs but don't wish the mouse to capture.

I notice that if you right-click on the mouse indicator on the VMs status bar there is an option entitled "Disable". It is always greyed-out, however.

comment:3 by TippiX, 15 years ago

Same wish here! Very annoying, if you click accidentally in the window with the mouse and need then the keyboard to release the cursor.

Disabling mouse capturing should also make it possible to use alt-tab.

comment:4 by tbtalbott, 15 years ago

I would also like to see this feature. -Tom

comment:5 by jamis, 15 years ago

Would like to see it happen too.

comment:6 by Aria Stewart, 15 years ago


comment:7 by Jason A. Lefkowitz, 14 years ago

Me too. Please please please!

comment:8 by dma_k, 14 years ago

I vote for this feature. In particular I would like to disable mouse capturing for console mode (Linux guest). In v3.1.6 with guest addons enabled, corresponding menu item is disabled.

comment:9 by Robin Stephenson, 14 years ago

Yes please, the inability to disable capture is annoying for console-only VMs.

comment:10 by endre, 14 years ago

Agree, until then: start your vm using VBoxSDL, where you can specify:

--nograbonclick Disable mouse/keyboard grabbing on mouse click w/o additions

It feels awesome!

comment:11 by Frank Mehnert, 10 years ago

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

Fix is part of VBox 4.3.16.

comment:12 by Fabian Raab, 10 years ago

Can someone tell me how to activate this feature? I'am using 4.3.20, but I do not found any option to use it.

comment:13 by Frank Mehnert, 10 years ago

Described in user manual section 9.19.10. Not for VBoxSDL (not really maintained anymore) but for the normal GUI.

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