Monday, April 29, 2013

Useful Parallels Windows VM Keyboard Shortcuts

Summary: If you use a Windows VM in Parallels, add these extra keyboard shortcuts in the preferences to make your windows home/end and selection experience more consistent with OS X:

For example, by default in SQL Server Management Studio in a VM, the keyboard shortcut for Home is Fn+Shift+Left.  That's not a standard shortcut though.  The normal keyboard shortcut for Home in OS X on a keyboard without a dedicated Home key is Cmd+Left.   But the default key mapping for Cmd+Left in the windows guest is to move the window.  Argh!

After doing this a dozen times, I finally opened up the Parallels preferences and saw how easy it was to add a custom key mapping, as indicated by the four shortcuts outlined above.  Enjoy!

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