In virtualbox Ctrl-R is the shortcut to reset the virtual machine. But I use it for testing web-sites on IE, and I seem to be hard-wired to use Ctrl-R to refresh web-pages in a browser. I keep accidentally resetting virtualbox and having to wait while it books again!! So is there some way to change the keyboard shortcuts in virtualbox?

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Change the 'host key':

file -> preferences -> input

Change the Host Key to something other than ctrl.


NOTE: the host key can be something like 'Right Ctrl'. The left control key acts normally, and the right key is used as the host key.

  • As a note, that's the file menu of the main UI, and you can "hot change" it while the guest is running (at least in windows).
    – rogerdpack
    Jul 9, 2012 at 22:19

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