Ticket #4263 (new defect)

Opened 6 years ago

Last modified 14 months ago

Please don't intercept Multimedia keys

Reported by: Technologov Owned by:
Priority: major Component: other
Version: VirtualBox 2.2.4 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: Windows

Description (last modified by michael) (diff)

Currently VBox (2.2 and 3.0 BETA) intercepts multimedia keys. In my opinion it should not do so, or at least make it configurable.

This is because I usually listen to music on my host system, and simultaneously work on guest VM. I can't control media player using multimedia keys this way.

This is especially true for volume keys, and partially true for next/prev song. (as there may be cases where I want multimedia keys in VM)

Multimedia keys do have standard scancodes AFAIK.


Change History

comment:1 Changed 6 years ago by Entity

I also vote for this. There should be some option to not intercept multimedia keys.

comment:2 Changed 6 years ago by Technologov

This issue is still relevant as of VBox 3.0.10

comment:3 Changed 6 years ago by Technologov

This issue is still relevant as of VBox 3.1.0

This is also related to bugs like #4238, #4208, #2145, #1668 and #1773


comment:4 Changed 6 years ago by Technologov

NOTE: The other bugs are Mac host related. This one is about Windows host.

comment:5 Changed 6 years ago by Technologov

Another related bug found: #4939


comment:6 Changed 5 years ago by dylanjustice

Also applies to Linux host.

comment:7 Changed 5 years ago by michael

The workaround here (at least on Linux hosts) is to press the host key to temporarily stop grabbing the keyboard. That means that the guest will still get all the key presses that a "normal" application would, but not ones that have a special meaning, like Alt-Tab or the multimedia keys.

comment:8 Changed 5 years ago by Technologov

michael: Your proposed workaround is bad, because it disrupts my usual workflow. (having Audio on Windows host, and doing some work on Linux guest for example).

I want my multimedia keys to be optionally assigned to my host -or- guest. Should be configurable.

-Technologov, 14.7.2010.

comment:9 Changed 4 years ago by Technologov

Problem still exists in vbox 4.1.8.

Especially big problems exists if users want to use "Alt+Tab" key combo in seamless mode guest. Users can't.


comment:10 Changed 4 years ago by Stamimail

comment:11 Changed 4 years ago by michael

See also ticket #10179.

comment:12 Changed 3 years ago by Stamimail

What about this. please add an option to choose in General

comment:13 Changed 14 months ago by Stamimail

Still waiting...

What aboout to enable Interception only if the mouse is been clicked inside the VM windows, and disable Interception when clicking on the Title/Caption of the Window.

This problem also doesn't allow to other programs to control the VMs windows, Like adding transpercy and resizng windows by Hotkeys progarms, and like making problem with cycling between taskbar button by mouse wheel...

comment:14 Changed 14 months ago by michael

  • Description modified (diff)

Disabling automatic keyboard capture in the global machine settings should do what you want. On Windows hosts this is currently known to cause problems with the AltGr key, which does not exist in all keyboard layouts. This should be fixable but has not been done yet for lack of time and because we haven't had many (any?) complaints about it.

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