I am running an Ubuntu 16.04 VM in VirtualBox 5.0.18 and I need to switch to TTY1, how can this be achieved? Is there a keyboard shortcut to achieve this in the guest session because doing the normal one just switches to TTY1 in the host?


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The keyboard shortcut in VirtualBox to switch to a TTY is (replace X with the number of the TTY you wish to switch to (e.g.: F1 for TTY1)):

Host Key + FX

Normally, the Right Control key is your host key.


I think it's CTRL + ALT + F1 after entering fullscreen mode, and back to GUI by CTRL + ALT + F7.

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    No, that's for the host, I need to know for the guest.
    – user364819
    Apr 24, 2016 at 15:57
  • Enter fullscreen mode, then this command should be okay. Apr 24, 2016 at 16:00
  • It would be good if this was not required of me, but I have already found the answer as you probably will have seen. Thank you for your answer anyway. :)
    – user364819
    Apr 24, 2016 at 19:18
  • <ctrl> + <F7> got me back to the gui from tty
    – Kickaha
    Dec 11, 2018 at 17:10