If I press CMD then the start menu repeatedly flies open.

It is really annoying, so I need to stop this.

How do I disable the windows key in Parallels 14??

  • That is actually a Windows issue and you may want to ask the question here: superuser.com. This is not a Parallels issue. – Steve Chambers Dec 20 '18 at 22:23
  • I disagree, the windows key is currently mapped to the command key. If I can remap it something obscure then this will not happen. I have no idea how to remap it and the parallels gui is as unhelpful as you – dagda1 Dec 20 '18 at 22:37
  • Page 66 of the manual. – Tetsujin Dec 21 '18 at 7:42

Open Parallels Desktop and go to Preferences > Shortcuts > Windows 10 (or whatever your virtual machine is called, in the Virtual Machines section of the sidebar). Add a new keyboard shortcut and map the cmd key to ctrl, or something other than win.

This will definitively stop the Start menu from popping open every time you hit the cmd key individually, but I'm not sure how it affects other shortcuts that make use of the Windows key.

  • sir. I owe you a beer, that was driving me nuts. – dagda1 Apr 16 at 9:13
  • Same! The funny thing is, it never occurred to me that this behavior could even be changed until I came across this question. But then I thought "huh, I wonder what happens if I just remap the Command key by itself to something else." I've been using it this way now for the past two days, and it seems like it doesn't affect any other keyboard shortcuts that include the Command key, just the single key by itself. Which is exactly what I wanted! – daGUY Apr 16 at 18:18

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