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Windows 10 Remote Desktop (RDP) Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows 10 Remote Desktop (RDP) Keyboard Shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts don’t work as expected when connecting to a remote server using RDP.

RDP stands for Remote Desktop connection and allows you to connect to a remote computer and access its desktop.

Whilst using RDP with Windows servers is usually used to allow remote administration of systems, when connecting to a Windows 10 desktop it’s most likely to offer support to someone.

That said, it’s not the only reason.  I connect to a remote Windows 10 virtual machine to do development work using Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition.  I don’t want to clog my surface up with all that comes with .NET development as so a remote Windows 10 VM seemed like a great idea (and it is).

But of course when connected and you want to do something like Alt+Tab your local desktop will see it and action the request rather than sending it to the remote computer.

So we have to use a different set of keyboard shortcuts to accomplish what we want.

Below is a handy table of these alternative keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard Shortcut Table

Local Shortcut Remote Shortcut Description
Win Key or Ctrl+Esc Alt+Home Opens Start Menu.
Alt+Tab Alt+Page Up Displays the Alt+Tab application switcher where pressing Page Up while holding down Alt will switch programs from left to right.
Alt+Shift+Tab Alt+Page Down Displays the Alt+Tab application switcher where pressing Page Down while holding down Alt will switch programs from right to left.
Print Screen Ctrl+Alt+’+'(Plus key on numeric keypad) Copies a screenshot to the clipboard which you can then be pasted.
Alt+Print Screen Ctrl+Alt+’-‘ (Minus key on the numeric keypad) Copies a screenshot of the active window to the clipboard which can then be pasted.
Alt+Space Alt+Delete Opens the menu for the active window.
Alt+Esc Alt+Insert Cycles through open apps in most recently used order
Ctrl+Alt+Del Ctrl+Alt+End Sends Ctrl+Alt+Del to the remote computer.
Ctrl+Alt+Break Toggles the RDP window between full screen e and windowed modes

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