Configure Hotkeys

There are several keyboard shortcuts that you can use in Parsec. You can view and change them in the settings, in the "Hotkeys" section. Below is a list of the default hotkeys we have. If you want a quick way to revert your changes back to the default, there's a "Reset to Default" button in the bottom of the hotkey settings.

Default hotkeys

Client options

  • Interact with chat: Ctrl + Shift + C
  • Toggle menu: Ctrl + Shift + M
  • Toggle windowed mode: Ctrl + Shift + W
  • Immersive mode: Ctrl + Shift + I
  • Detach mouse: Ctrl + Alt + Z
  • Switch Display: Ctrl + Shift + D (client must be the owner of the host computer)
  • Send Ctrl+Alt+Del: Ctrl + Alt + End (client must be the owner of the host computer)

Disconnecting from the stream

  • Windows: Ctrl + Alt + '
  • Mac: Command + Q or Command + W
  • Raspberry Pi: Ctrl + Alt + ~
  • Linux: Ctrl + Alt + ~

Hosting in the computers tab

  • Allow pending join requests (users with no permission to join without approval): Ctrl + F1
  • Kick everyone connected (panic button): Ctrl + F3

Warp and Teams

These hotkeys are specific to Warp and Teams customers.

  • Second Screen: Ctrl + Shift + S (client must be the owner of the host computer)
  • Enhanced Pen: Ctrl + Shift + P

Change hotkey combinations

  1. Click the 'Settings' cog.
  2. Click 'Hotkeys' tab.
  3. Next to relevant hotkey, click the value
    • Ensure 'Press key combination or Enter to clear.' appears
  4. Press the desired key combination

MacOS function keys

Mac function keys may not interact with the gaming PC as expected. You'll need to change the default behavior of your Apple keyboard to pass these hotkeys. Apple provides a great tutorial on changing these

Mac to Windows modifier translation

Control = Ctrl

Option = Alt

Command = Windows key

MacOS command hotkeys

If you want to be able to use combinations like Command+Tab during a Parsec session, you must give Parsec accessibility permissions in the settings.

  • Go into System Preferences > Security and Privacy > Accessibility
  • Unlock the preferences at the bottom left
  • Click the plus icon to add Parsec in to the list
  • Restart Parsec from the dock for the change to take effect

Once that is done, enable immersive mode in Parsec's settings to ensure your hotkeys are passed onto the host.