SYMPTOMSMy Mac keyboard does not have a BREAK key, but I need CTRL+BREAK key in my Windows virtual machine.
In Parallels Desktop menu, when I go to Preferences → Keyboard and try to create an assignment, there is no option to assign something to CTRL+BREAK on Windows side.
CAUSEAssigning key combinations to CTRL+BREAK is not supported by Parallels Desktop.
RESOLUTIONThis issue has not been fixed yet. If you wish to receive a notifcation when the solution becomes available please subscribe to this Knowledge Base article (see links below).
WORKAROUND #1CTRL+BREAK will work when used from Parallels Desktop status bar.
- Stop your virtual machine
- Make sure there is a USB Controller device in your virtual machine Configuration → Hardware tab. Createitifnecessary;
- Go to the virtual machine Configuration → Hardware tab and click on Boot Order in the list on the left. In the Boot flags: field add the following string:
That will enable a virtual USB keyboard in your VM which does not distinguish between BREAK and PAUSE keys. Now you may assign some combination to CTRL+PAUSE and it will be triggering CTRL+BREAK inside the virtual machine.