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    menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    I'm in my virtualbox Windows 7 guest now, but I don't have a devices tab showing anywhere. All I have is the title bar of the guest saying "Windows7 (ScreenResolution) [Running] - Oracle VM VirtualBox". Beneath it, I have a regular Windows 7 desktop showing.

    Watching the YouTube videos that I've been able to locate, everyone seems to have a Machine... Devices... Help bar beneath the title bar.

    How do I get that bar back?

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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    Check to make sure you do not have "scale mode" enabled:
    http://www.virtualbox.org/manual/ch0...-resize-window

    Ctrl + C will toggle scale mode.
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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    My Ubuntu version 12.04 system update today.

    Virtualbox version 4.1.18
    This solution work for me.

    Close open VM's.
    Go to Virtualbox File>>Preferences menu.
    Click Input button.
    Click reset icon.
    Click Host Key area and set new host key "Alt Gr + Right Ctrl"
    Restart VM press "Alt Gr + Right Ctrl" .
    Now VM menu is showing.

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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    I also have this problem no devices show and on input there is no reset button. Also what is alt gr?

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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    Alt key, I think.
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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    Quote Originally Posted by sysarc View Post
    My Ubuntu version 12.04 system update today.

    Virtualbox version 4.1.18
    This solution work for me.

    Close open VM's.
    Go to Virtualbox File>>Preferences menu.
    Click Input button.
    Click reset icon.
    Click Host Key area and set new host key "Alt Gr + Right Ctrl"
    Restart VM press "Alt Gr + Right Ctrl" .
    Now VM menu is showing.
    thanks. It works.
    And I changed to "right shift" key as host key , due to the key is more bigger than the "ctrl" key on my Thinkpad. It's convenient for use.

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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    I also have this problem no devices show and on input there is no reset button. Also what is alt gr?
    I don't know what is "alt gr" neither. You just choose a key you like (follow the message showed in Vbox), and take it active. That's all.

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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    AltGr is on certain keyboards, usually ones that have special symbols on them.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AltGr_key
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    Re: menu bar missing from virtualbox guest

    Press right ctrl+C (Host + C) for changing to scale mode

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