Tip: Control-click

Unlike OS X, most other operating systems require the use of multibutton mice. Most Mac users know you can ctrl-click to simulate a right click, and you can do that in Fusion as well. But what if you actually want to ctrl-click in the guest – say, to select multiple items in Explorer?

In Fusion’s Preferences, go to the Keyboard & Mouse tab, Mouse Shortcuts. Uncheck the secondary button shortcut (or map it to something else) – now you can ctrl-click in the guest.

If you still need to right click and don’t want to remap to a different shortcut, there may be other options. For laptop users, you can enable two-finger right clicks in System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Trackpad. If you have a Mighty Mouse, you can enable right click in System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Mouse. And of course, since OS X has always supported multibutton mice, you can always plug in your favorite multibutton mouse.


14 comments have been added so far

  1. FYI: This tip doesn’t work in Fusion v2.0 – v2.03 (latest version as of this writing on Apr 6, 2009), if you have any key mappings that target a VM shortcut using the Control key. Similarly shift-click doesn’t work if you use a key mapping using the Shift key.
    After much experimentation, I finally found this thread in which someone from VMware confirms this problem and filed it as bug 351331:
    Downgrading to Fusion 1.1.3 doesn’t resolve the problem if you need the key mappings, since Fusion 1 did not support key mappings at all.
    I guess I have to wait until the next version of Fusion. I need several key mappings that involve the Control and/or Shift keys.

  2. (posted on another site)
    You can use default options and command-control-click to “control-click” multiple non-adjacent items in 3.0/Win7/OS10.6/Excel2007 & probably other versions, too. Careful tho–you can only tell that you’ve done it by highlighted row letters, not the usual more obvious way as on a native keyboard/OS. Works fine, tho….
    Took me a while to track this down but it’s a lot easier than lots of the other options cited across the web.
    Many thanks to this person:
    Posted by: Martijn | November 09, 2008 at 03:44 AM

    1. Giant thanks for this information! command-control-click to “control-click” multiple non-adjacent items, it worked great. As a new Mac user, I am challenged by learning the Mac navigation vs Windows.

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