Can't use special keys in VM

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Can't use special keys in VM

Postby sum_b0dy » 4. Jun 2019, 20:54

I am having an issue where I can't use special keys (such as Shift, control, option, TAB etc...) in my VM, because when I click then, it registers as the Host key ( which is set to Left Command). So I am unable to type anything in capital letters, for example, in a terminal when I try to "cd Desktop" , I can't type 'D', and if I hold shift and press S, it opens the settings windows of the VM (which would be HOST + S) , but again, my host key is Left Command. This started out of nowhere, I haven't changed any settings, I even load a snapshot back and the problem persists. I have tried changing the host key, and still nothing. Here is a screenshot that shows what happens when I press the shift key, tab, control etc...

does anyone have any idea how to fix this?

Thank you in advance !
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Re: Can't use special keys in VM

Postby socratis » 5. Jun 2019, 07:14

That sounds like a problem with your host's setup. Do you have any 3rd party keyboard modifiers, like Karabiner?

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