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VMware and Ctrl-Z

I use VMware for running legacy Windows-only software. It’s generally a fine product, but there’s one piece of UI design that just drives me insane.

What are the most frequently used keyboard shortcuts on a Windows system? Probably cut, copy, paste, and undo. Ctrl-X, Ctrl-C, Ctrl-V, Ctrl-Z.

In the VMware client, however, Ctrl-Z is “suspend the virtual machine immediately, without even a warning dialog”.

So if you realize you made a mistake in your Windows app, click on the VMware window to bring it to the front, and then type Ctrl-Z, the entire VM is immediately suspended to disk. You should have clicked twice on the Window before typing Ctrl-Z.

I say “immediately”, but in fact suspend and then unsuspend can take around a minute, which is a long time to spend swearing at a piece of software.

Please, someone from VMware, fix this.