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How to make F9 - F12 function keys work natively in Windows virtual machine

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Business Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Home Edition
  • Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro Edition

Symptoms

When I press F9 - F12 keys in Windows virtual machine, none of Windows commands are made. Pressing these buttons triggers macOS actions such as Mission Control instead.

Resolution

  • Allow Parallels Desktop to send the shortcuts to Windows virtual machine

    1. Find Parallels Desktop || logo on Mac menu bar > open Preferences > navigate to Shortcuts tab > set Send macOS system shortcuts option to Always.

      You will be prompted to allow Parallels Desktop to have a control over accessibility features.

    2. Click on Open System Preferences > make sure you unlocked and able to edit preferences.

    3. Find and enable Parallels Desktop in the list of Accessibility tab.

  • Disable the desired shortcuts for macOS side, so they could be sent to Parallels Desktop

    Click on macOS logo on Mac menu bar > open System Preferences > Keyboard > Shortcuts > find the desired shortcuts (e.g. Show Desktop or Show Dashboard on Mission Control tab) and disable them.




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