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can't escape from full screen in Parallels
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Feb 28, 2007, 07:04 PM
I just updated my registered copy of Parallels. Unfortunately, I clicked the full screen button, and now I can't escape from it. It says press ALT + ENTER but neither alt+enter or shift+option+enter work.

I have a completely BLACK SCREEN in Windows XP and don't have the slightest idea where to go from here. Parallels worked like a charm before I updated it. Help!!!
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Apr 9, 2007, 05:13 PM
This is probably a little late to help you, but I ran into the same problem a while back (I had to orce quit parallels). The problem is that Parallels forwards the <enter> keypress to the guest OS, so it cannot really be used as a switch to change viewing modes. You need to enetr the Parallels preferences and change the key combination to one with modifier keys only.
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Apr 9, 2007, 05:21 PM
When they say "alt-enter" they mean "alt-return". The enter key near the spacebar on a laptop won't work. Neither will the enter key on near the numeric keypad.

This confused me for a long time until someone pointed it out.

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