In every Linux distro, if you’re using the grapical interface and you need to switch to text terminal, you have to press CTRL+ALT+Fx x usually from 1 to 6); while to switch back to the GUI the shortcut sequence is CTRL+ALT+F7.
If you installed Linux in a virtual machine with VMWare as hypervisor, you probably noticed that the shortcut above doesn’t work. The reason is simple: in VMWare, you use the shortcut CTRL+ALT to “release” mouse pointer from the virtual machine’s console:
If you want to switch to a text terminal, you need two shortcuts:
- CTRL+ALT+space bar
The first one indeed disable the release functionality, allowing you to use afterwards the normal one:
On my laptop, when I pressed CTRL+ALT+F1 I disabled the internal monitor… I found that the shortcut was “reserved” by the Intel video driver; I had to disable the shortcuts in its options: