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Virtualization, Cloud, Infrastructure and all that stuff in-between

My ramblings on the stuff that holds it all together

Shortcut key for CTRL-ALT-DEL on a Mac for a Fusion VM

Apologies if this is old-hat or obvious but I didn’t realize you could do this until recently – if you have a Windows VM and want to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to logon or bring up the lock screen etc. there isn’t an obvious shortcut key as the Mac doesn’t have a physical DEL key like a normal PC keyboard, so if you’re a Fusion user you can hit the Fusion bar and choose to send CTRL-ALT-DEL to the guest OS.

However if you hit Fn-CTRL-ALT and Backspace on the Mac keyboard it has the same effect and sends CTRL-ALT-DEL to the guest (a 4-finger salute, rather than the traditonal 3-finger salute Smile).

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4 responses to “Shortcut key for CTRL-ALT-DEL on a Mac for a Fusion VM

  1. SteveB April 20, 2011 at 4:29 am

    Thanks, Simon! I had been banging my head against the wall on that one. Here’s a good one for you if you really want to impress me 🙂

    How under Fusion on a Mac, do you select multiple, discontiguous entries in a list? You can use the Shift key to select multiple contiguous entries, but to select discontiguous entries, in Windows you would use the CTRL key. It doesn’t work on the Mac keyboard, and it doesn’t even work if you use a regular 104-key (or more) external keyboard.

    • SteveB April 20, 2011 at 4:33 am

      Duh. I just answered my own question: it’s alt-Control.

  2. Berri007 February 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks alot it really worked for me.

    fn+control+option+delete

  3. Berri007 February 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    how to i resize my virtual machines hard disk in vmware fusion

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