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I'm not using an apple keyboard and don't have a Left ⌘. Can I change the "Host Key" to be the Right ⌘? How?

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The GUI setting is under Preferences -> Input -> Virtual Machine:

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This sets the host key to the right command key (VirtualBox 4.3.10):

VBoxManage setextradata global GUI/Input/HostKeyCombination 54

The command will accept any value, but VirtualBox will not start if you supply an invalid value. 55 is the standard left command key, 61 is the right alt key. I found the values via educated guesses (aka "playing around").

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Your sir are awesome. Why is this not an option in the VirtualBox GUI Ill never understand. –  DelightedD0D Jul 27 at 10:13

You could try adding this to private.xml in KeyRemap4MacBook:

<autogen>--KeyToKey-- KeyCode::COMMAND_R, KeyCode::COMMAND_L</autogen>

It might not work if you don't have a physical keyboard with a left command though.

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thx. It's an idea;haven't tried yet as I'm holding out to see if anyone knows of a native way to do it. Turns out it's not too critical provided I ensure that the "mini toolbar" is enabled for full-screen mode as that allows me use the mouse to get out again... (provided the guest has a working mouse). –  John Mee Feb 7 '13 at 1:05

Karabiner works very well


The tool has various options to set PC preferred key bindings in a MAC environment. Like remap

  • Ctrl-S to file save
  • F2 for item rename
  • etc

You can search for all PC specific settings by typing the letters 'P' and 'C' in the search box.

It made my default keyboard short cuts work very smooth in all different MAC applications.

I am using a MS SideWinder X4 Keyboard

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Could you expand your answer, possibly to include the name of the predefined setting that needs to be enabled or a private.xml that could be required? Simply giving the name of an application is not ideal and padding your answer to circumvent the 30 character minimum isn't the way. –  George Garside Aug 29 at 18:52

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