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I need to cut copy and or paste from a text file on my laptop into my VM.. since it does not (the vm) recognize my keyboard @ symbol.

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Are using VirtualBox or VMware? – Mitch Sep 26 '13 at 18:50
Please, tell us what VM software are you using. – PeppeDAlterio Sep 26 '13 at 18:51

For VMware make sure that VMware tools are installed.

VMware Tools is a suite of utilities that enhances the performance and management of the virtual machine. Without the tools installed, your guest machine will lack the following benefits:

  • High video resolution
  • Adequate color depth
  • Correct display of network speed
  • Unrestricted movement of the mouse
  • The ability to copy and paste and drag-and-drop files
  • SoundVMware

For VirtualBox make sure that Guest Additions are installed.

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