Ticket #5837 (new enhancement)

Opened 8 years ago

Last modified 8 years ago

Ability to swap "Windows" and "Alt" key mapping

Reported by: vr8ce Owned by:
Priority: major Component: guest additions
Version: VirtualBox 3.1.2 Keywords: keyboard mapping
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Mac OS X


For a Windows guest on a Mac OS host, VB maps the Windows "Windows" key to the Mac "Command" key, and the Windows "Alt" key to the Mac "Option" key. The problem is that those two keys are in the opposite positions of the keys on a Windows keyboard.

IOW, from left-to-right on a Windows keyboard is Control/Windows/Alt/Spacebar, while left-to-right on a Mac keyboard is Control/Option/Command/Spacebar. Thus, for a touch typist, the mapping should be Control to Control, Windows to Option, and Alt to Command. The current mapping forces us to learn a completely set of keystrokes on the VM than we're used to on a Windows keyboard (which we have to use anytime we're no on the VM).

Please consider providing a configuration setting that would allow the mapping of these two keys to be swapped, that is, for the Mac "Option" key to be mapped to Windows, and the Mac "Command" key to be mapped to Alt.

Thank you.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by gionn


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