Ticket #8383 (closed enhancement: invalid)

Opened 7 years ago

Last modified 4 years ago

Need option to disable automatic keyboard capturing

Reported by: Timwi Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: GUI
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.4 Keywords: keyboard control
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: Windows

Description (last modified by michael) (diff)

At the moment, the behaviour of VirtualBox is frustrating in the following way:

  • Press the keyboard-capture key to uncapture the keyboard
  • Press Alt-Tab to switch to another app
  • Press Alt-Tab to switch back to VirtualBox.

Expected behaviour: I expect to get back to the same state that I was in.

Actual behaviour: VirtualBox captures the keyboard unwantedly. I have to consciously realise that it is VirtualBox that I Alt-Tabbed to and uncapture the keyboard before I can alt-tab away from it again.

Suggested fix: Never capture the keyboard automatically. Only ever capture the keyboard when the user explicitly presses the keyboard-capture key. If the current behaviour (automatic capturing) is desirable, by all means keep it as default, but add an option to disable it.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 7 years ago by Timwi

I found the option... it already exists. Sorry about the bother :/

comment:2 Changed 7 years ago by poetzsch

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to invalid

comment:3 Changed 4 years ago by zqfB8K

Very good that it exists.

Will you please share where you found it, so the rest of us can use it too? :-) I have looked for it for years, and VirtualBox's foolish keyboard capturing is killing me!

comment:4 Changed 4 years ago by michael

  • Description modified (diff)

Preferences/Input in the Virtual Machine Manager window.

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