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How do I display the menu bar of VirtualBox?

Functions like cdrom,usb,etc need access to the menu bars to get working.

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RIGHT CLICK MOUSE + HOME? Not working!!! Please help, what is Host and Right Control? What I should press to access the menu? – user269776 Apr 17 '14 at 5:48
If the answer doesn't work, you may be using the keyboard in French mode ;) – Harvinder Jun 8 '14 at 15:15
up vote 92 down vote accepted

Because you're in scale mode which causes it to be hidden.

Host + C is the toggle for scale mode (where Host is Right Control by default)

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Lost my temper on this, lol. hours later, gave up and googled this. Thank you so much. – motobói Dec 2 '14 at 16:00
Amended this answer with the Host+Home trick from Steve Saporta's answer - however note that it isn't necessary to exit scale mode to access the menus in this way. – Tom May 8 '15 at 18:10
I'd love to understand the logic behind this behaviour. It's something so trivial, I didn't even think of Googling about it. And I lost an entire day on it. – aalaap Jul 6 at 12:31

On Windows XP and Windows 7, as of Aug 2014, there's more to the story. To bring up the menu, and to be able to access all items on the menu:

  1. If you're in scale mode, disable that with Host+c.
  2. Bring up the menu by pressing Host+Home.
  3. That will display the first of several menus. To get to additional menus, press the right arrow key.
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or just use the mouse to bring up the menu (assuming you're not in full screen mode) :) – rogerdpack Dec 30 '14 at 18:19
This is a great answer! I am running in FWVM and therefore have no menu bar. As far as I can tell, this is the only way to do it in FWVM. – Sanjay Manohar Feb 15 at 17:50

I came here to find an solution and suddenly had the hunch that something was interfering with the guest window processing host keys. I turned out that I enabled the "Show postion of pointer when the Control key is pressed" checkbox. Disabling it fixed the problem and now I can switch from scale mode to full screen and seamless mode. Also have the mini menu back :)

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To return ownership of keyboard and mouse to your host operating system, VirtualBox reserves a special key on your keyboard for itself: the "host key". By default, this is the right Control key on your keyboard; on a Mac host, the default host key is the left Command key.

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