Ticket #4939 (new enhancement)

Opened 11 years ago

Last modified 10 years ago

alt-tab back out of guest doesn't work

Reported by: andrew.clegg Owned by:
Component: GUI Version: VirtualBox 3.0.6
Keywords: Cc:
Guest type: Linux Host type: Linux


Host: Centos 5.3, GNOME 2.16.0 Guest: Ubuntu 9.04, GNOME 2.26.1, guest additions installed

If I alt-tab into a guest window (seamless or not), then alt-tab only works within the guest, letting me switch between windows there but not back out.

I'd like to be able to set a different switch-between-windows hotkey in my guest, say alt-` or alt-esc, so I can alt-tab into it, switch between windows using the guest's hotkey, and then alt-tab back out to my host desktop.

But this doesn't work because alt-tab is still just passed through to the guest, which then just treats it as a tab.

It would be really, really useful to be able to define some hotkeys which are *not* passed through like this... Please! :-)

Change History

comment:1 Changed 11 years ago by Technologov

This issue is still relevant as of VBox 3.1.0

This is also related to bugs like #4263, #4238, #4208, #2145, #1668 and #1773


comment:2 Changed 10 years ago by john.doe

Conceptually it makes sense that the guest exists as a task in the host context, but not vice versa [*]. But there should be a hotkey to "alt-tab" to the host. <host key>-alt-tab or <host key>-tab would be somewhat intuitive.

[*] actually it would be pretty nifty if the host also appeared as a virtual machine in the guest... but don't look too deep into the recursive mirror :)

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