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    Virtual box Guest OS menu missing, unable to minimize

    Hi
    Guest OS in Virtual box does not behave well with host os.
    VirtualBox Graphical User Interface Version 5.0.40_Ubuntu r115130
    HostOS: Ubuntu 16.04GuestOS: Win7

    Problems are
    1) Guest OS does not always show top menu where devices and other items are located.
    2) Guest OS shows Launch bar and Top bar of Host os.
    3) Only way to minimize Guest OS is to Shut down Guest OS.

    Keyboard Integration: CHECKED
    Mouse Integration: CHECKED


    I have installed extension pack of Host(VNC 5.0.40r115), and also installed Guest installed for Guest OS.
    See the attached files.

    Whole interaction is seems to be buggy.
    Please let me know if this is normal behavior or can be improved.






    Thanks
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    Last edited by wrongusername2; January 11th, 2018 at 06:07 AM.

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    Re: Virtual box Guest OS menu missing, unable to minimize

    Quote Originally Posted by wrongusername2 View Post
    Whole interaction is seems to be buggy.
    Please let me know if this is normal behavior or can be improved.
    I prefer going to the site and loading the latest version. Maybe that would help in your case, 5.0 is a bit dated.

    I think #2 is a setting problem as that is the way I have mine set up (both guest/host panels on top/not running unity).

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    Re: Virtual box Guest OS menu missing, unable to minimize

    Thanks for responding. Newer VB is 5.2.4 and mine is 5.0. I will upgrade later.

    I found following work around

    >>>> Guest OS shows Launch bar and Top bar of Host os.
    To make Launch bar and Top bar of HostOS dissapear from Guest OS, click on 'Show Desktop' icon in Launch bar. Now the whole screen will be taken up by HostOS.
    Then in order to go to GuestOS, click on VirtualBoox icon in Launch Bar. This will take us to Guest OS. Now whole screen will be taken up by GuestOS.

    >>> Guest OS does not always show top menu where devices and other items are located.
    Click on ALT+TAB. This shows Launch Bar. Click on 'Show Desktop' icon. Now you will see both Launch bar and Top bar of HostOS inside Guest OS
    Hover the mouse at the top, this will bring up Menubar for Guest Os. Use the Menubar to minimize Guest OS

    Not best of the solution but seems consistent.

    Thanks
    Last edited by wrongusername2; January 13th, 2018 at 05:10 AM.

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    Re: Virtual box Guest OS menu missing, unable to minimize

    Yep, keep playing around with the options till you hit on the one you really like.

    See ya

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    Re: Virtual box Guest OS menu missing, unable to minimize

    I found a much easier way of transferring control from GuestOS to HostOS and vicevera. This method uses ALT+TAB for everything. Ignore the menu shown at the top of GuestOS.

    1) Disable Keyboard integration as shown below. Means when you are in GuestOS and press ALT+TAB, HostOS will capture the keystroke, not the GuestOS. 'R-click on VM' -> 'User Interface' -> Input -> 'Keyboard' (UNCHECK)

    2) If you want to go from HostOS to Guest-OS, do the following
    -Press Alt+TAB
    -Click 'Virtual Box' Icon
    -Then select the 'VM window' belonging to GuestOS
    -Now you should see the Guest OS in full screen mode


    3) If you want to go from Guest-OS to HostOS, do the following
    -Do not look for top menu bar.
    -Press Alt+TAB
    Host-OS will capture the key stroke and will show the application-bar
    -Click 'Show Desktop' icon
    -Now you will see HostOS


    What is the drawback of this method?
    ALT+TAB will not apply to GuestOS. Means when you are in GuestOS and press ALT+TAB, HostOS will capture the keystroke.

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