VirtualBox

Ticket #9867 (new enhancement)

Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

allow more host key choices

Reported by: macias Owned by:
Priority: major Component: host support
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.6 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description

Currently choice of host key is VERY limited and what worse choices are for rather active keys. It would be perfect to have availability of entire keyboard. In my case I would choose "break" as host key -- easy to remember, and I don't use it in guest OS.

Change History

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by frank

We will not implement that because we don't want to keep the code as universal as possible. Note that you can use hostkey combinations (a combination of several keys which must be pressed together). This should be sufficient in most cases.

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by macias

Pity it does not change a thing. Combination of alt, ctrl, shift, still uses alt, ctrl, shift, i.e. very commonly used keys.

Host key should be (by definition of usability) a key very rarely used in guest environment. VBox currently insists on opposite, which leads to constant clashes.

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by frank

A very rarely used host key is also hard to support because the host operating system normally does not support redefining such special keys. Support for such special keys can even differ between different keyboards and different languages.

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by macias

Rarely used = rarely used by user, not by keyboard manufacturer.

F12 is less used than Ctrl, Break is less used than Shift, and so on. Also modifiers (alt, ctrl,...) are essential to work, because they are modifiers.

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