I am running Windows 7 on a virtual image using virtualbox on my max osx. I need to know what the windows key is on the mac keyboard. Any tips?


By default it's the right ⌘ (Command) Key.

The left ⌘ (Command) Key does not work because it is set as the Host (Meta) Key in VirtualBox.

And they can be swapped simply by replacing the Host Key with the right ⌘ (Command) Key, in Preferences > Input > Virtual Machine > Host Key Combination.

  • awesome! that's what I am look for. – David.Chu.ca Jan 15 '14 at 16:20
  • Brilliantly stupid that I didn't do this without your help Mate Mike! Thanks – Jamie Hutber May 4 '18 at 10:05

On Virtualbox 4.3.6, I use Ctrl + Esc for the Windows button.

Tested on Windows 7 and 8.1

  • I can't downvote on this site, but this answer is wrong. Ctrl+Esc is a default hotkey to open start menu on Windows, regardless of it being on a VM or real hardware. Ctrl+Esc doesn't work as Windows key in any application, and none of keyboard shortcuts utilising the Windows key will work with Ctrl+Esc. – Alexander Revo May 27 '18 at 15:56
  • @AlexanderRevo the <kbd>Windows</kbd> open the start menu, <kbd>Ctrl</kbd> + <kbd>Esc</kbd> also open the start menu. It is what expected. – Damax May 29 '18 at 8:16
  • Opening start menu is not the only thing that Windows key does. There are plenty of hot keys utilising the Windows key, none of which can be used with Ctrl+Esc. Just because Ctrl+Esc performs one of Windows key’s functions doesn’t mean it’s equivalent. – Alexander Revo May 29 '18 at 8:22

By default the Windows key is mapped to the Command key on an Apple keyboard.

On the Windows 7 Desktop, tap the Command key and see if the Start menu appears.

You can change the mapping of keys in VirtualBox if you don't like the default mapping as well.

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