Using Visual Studio (in Parallels) on my Mac works pretty well, except when I try to use Command+Arrow to move to the beginning or end of a line. When you press Command+Arrow in Visual Studio on a Mac, the window moves around the screen, which is quite surprising and not at all helpful.

I did some research and found some useful information about mapping Mac Keyboard Shortcuts to Visual Studio (and Windows) in the following areas:
  1. http://hiltmon.com/blog/2013/10/10/using-mac-navigation-keys-in-visual-studio/
  2. Comments from the post in #1 above
  3. https://autohotkey.com/board/topic/60675-osx-style-command-keys-in-windows/
The information above basically involves using AutoHotKey to remap the keys and then modifying the keyboard shortcuts in Visual Studio to get the desired result.

Below is a summary of the steps required to use Mac keyboard shortcuts such as Command+Left Arrow from within a Parallels or similar Windows VM and Visual Studio.

Note this tutorial is for Windows 10 and Visual Studio 2015.


  1. Install AutoHotKey
  2. Download the MacKeyboard.ahk file (note this modifies more than just Visual Studio keys and incorporates changes from the links above.The file is a fork from here).
  3. Setup the .ahk file to run at startup
    1. Type Command+R to open the run window, then type shell:startup   Open Startup Folder
    2. Copy the MacKeyboard.ahk file into the startup folder.
  4. Open Visual Studio
  5. Press Ctrl+Q and type Keyboard to open keyboard settings. Open Keyboard Settings
  6. Type “Edit.LineStart” in “Show commands containing” to select the LineStart command
  7. Select “Text Editor” in the “Use new shortcut in:” box
  8. Type Shift+Control+Option+Left Arrow into “Press shortcut keys:” and click Assign Open Keyboard Settings
  9. Click OK to close the Options window.
  10. Double click on the MacKeyboard.ahk script to run it.
  11. Open a project in Visual Studio and Command+Left Arrow should bring your cursor to the home position. Alt+Left Arrow should move a word at a time.