VMWare Fusion, Windows Remote Desktop, and ALT+TAB

I spend about half my time on my MacBook inside a Windows 7 boot camp virtual machine, which is remoted into work. This has worked great for me with one caveat. ALT+TAB. I would say about half the time I press these keys (or ALT+ anything for that matter), I end up getting the non-ALT keystroke sent to my desktop at work. Since I spend most of my time in Visual Studio at work, this means that I am constantly adding TAB characters to my source code, which if it is checked in to TFS, means that Visual Studio automatically checks it out for edit. WHen this happens, I have to stop my workflow and Undo the checkin. Annoying! Today I was fed up and did a quick search on the intertubes and found this forum post: http://communities.vmware.com/message/1431435

The solution?

This is most likely caused by the keyboard shortcuts in Fusion. Try disabling ‘Hide Other Applications’ in Fusion Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Fusion Shortcuts.

Works like a charm! I love Fusion!

  • Matt beran
    8 years ago

    THANK YOU. Took me forever to find this and set it. Alt-tab was killing me. I had to hit alt-tab-tab to get it work work. Annoying.

  • JohnB
    8 years ago

    Saved my bacon. Thanks!

  • Mike Dice
    7 years ago

    Halleluja. This stupid alt+tab problem was killing me!!!!!!!!!!!!! THis fixed the issue. Thanks for the research!

  • Rob G
    6 years ago

    Sweet. That’s been annoying me for ages. 🙂

  • Alan M
    5 years ago

    For some reason this isn’t working for me on Fusion 6.0.3, and there is no “Hide Other Applications” option now, there is only “Hide Application” — don’t know if that means the same thing — which I did disable but to no avail. Alt-Tab is tabbing me through my Mac apps instead of my Windows apps.