When VMware Tools are installed on a virtual machine within the VMware Workstation, the mouse cursor remains stuck within the VM, and the users are required to press Ctrl + Alt keys together on the keyboard to release the cursor so that it can be used in the host computer. As soon as the VMware Tools are installed, VMware Workstation configures the virtual machine to automatically release the mouse pointer as soon as it is moved outside the virtual machine window. This is the default nature of VMware Workstation and its virtual machines which also enables the drag and drop between the host and guest operating systems.
The above scenario can be seen in the ideal conditions where no glitch is present in the network setup, VMware Workstation application, and its VMs. However due to some problems in any of the mentioned elements, sometimes the automatic mouse cursor release feature might get disabled, and as the result of which the users are required to press Ctrl + Alt keys simultaneously on the keyboard to release the mouse pointer, even if the VMware Tools are installed on the VM.
If you are facing the same issue within your VMware Workstation environment, you can easily resolve the problem by following the simple steps given below:
- Log on to the computer with the administrator account (recommended).
- Double-click the VMware Workstation icon to initialize the application.
- On the opened interface, click Edit from the menu bar.
- From the displayed list in the drop-down menu, click Preferences.
- On the opened Preferences box, from the left pane, click to select Input option.
- From the right pane, under the Cursor section, check the Ungrab when cursor leaves window checkbox.
- Click OK to save the changes that you have made.
- In order to allow the changes to take effect, it is recommended that you should restart all the running virtual machines, the VMware Workstation application, and if possible, reboot the PC as well.
Note: Although some configurations that you plan to make in VMware Workstation do not require elevated privileges (administrator account to be used to logon), it is recommended that you use the account with administrator privileges in order to avoid any inconsistencies in the configuration.
Warning: Make sure that you follow the steps given in this tutorial exactly the way they are instructed. Following the steps incorrectly might cause damage to your VMware Workstation application, and/or the virtual machines that it may have.