Customize the Keyboard

Both Mac OS X and Windows provide extensive keyboard shortcuts. For example, in Mac OS X you can hold down the Command key and press Q (Command-Q) to quit the current application.

By default, Parallels Desktop maps common Mac OS X keyboard shortcut key combinations to the equivalent Windows key combinations. That way if you're used to, for example, pressing Command-C to copy text in Mac OS X, you don't have to switch to the Windows equivalent, Control-C.

You can also use and customize keyboard shortcuts for switching between Coherence, Full Screen, and Window view modes, and for showing and hiding Parallels Desktop.

Customize Keyboard Shortcuts

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Option-click (Alt-click) the Parallels icon in the menu bar and choose Preferences.
    • If the Parallels Desktop menu bar is visible at the top of the screen, choose Parallels Desktop > Preferences.
  2. Click Keyboard.
  3. If necessary, click the lock icon and enter an administrator password.

    PD6_Configuring Keyboard Preferences

    Pressing a key combination in the From column while working in a Windows program triggers the key combination in the To column.

  4. Do one of the following:
    • To edit an existing key combination, double-click the key combination. Click modifier keys to select or deselect them. If you wish, change the character in the text field.

      PD6_Remapping Keyboard

    • To delete a key combination, select it and click the Remove button CE_Button_Delete.
    • To add a new key combination, click the Add button PlusButton.
    • To disable a key combination without deleting it, click the checkbox next to the key combination to deselect it.

If you're using multiple operating systems with Parallels Desktop, you can create keyboard profiles for each OS.

Note: 1. Some key combinations can't be edited or deleted.

2. There are Mac shortcuts that do not have similar shortcuts in Windows, for example, you can use the F11 key or Fn+F11 combination to see your Mac OS desktop with Expose, but in Windows there are no keys or key combinations that enable you to perform the same action, because there is no Expose in Windows.

Enable or Disable Mac OS X System Shortcuts

By default, when a Windows program is active the customizable function keys (F1, F2, F3, and so on) continue to activate Mac OS X functions, such as adjusting the brightness or displaying the Dashboard.

To disable or re-enable these functions:

  • Select or deselect Enable Mac OS X system shortcuts checkbox.

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