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RDP/MSTSC: keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Remote Desktop

Posted by jpluimers on 2012/09/21

The Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard shortcut equivalent for VMware View/Workstation/Player is very easy to remember: Ctrl+Alt+Insert.

While searching for the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keyboard shortcut equivalent in Remote Desktop (which is Ctrl+Alt+End), I came accross the via List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP.

It includes these lists:

  • General keyboard shortcuts
  • Dialog box keyboard shortcuts
  • Microsoft natural keyboard shortcuts
  • Accessibility keyboard shortcuts
  • Windows Explorer keyboard shortcuts
  • Shortcut keys for Character Map
  • Microsoft Management Console (MMC) main window keyboard shortcuts
  • MMC console window keyboard shortcuts
  • Remote desktop connection navigation
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer navigation
  • Other information

I was after the Ctrl+Alt+End shortcut from the list below which works in any Windows version I tested so far. But the other lists are very useful too.

Ctrl+Alt+Break/Pause is also very handy: it switches between a window and full screen.
Michael Otey explains Break/Pause should behave in a different way, later I saw that Jeff Atwood explained the same, but when I tried they did the same thing.

Remote desktop connection navigation

Keyboard Shortcut Action
CTRL+ALT+END Open the Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box
ALT+PAGE UP Switch between programs from left to right
ALT+PAGE DOWN Switch between programs from right to left
ALT+INSERT Cycle through the programs in most recently used order
ALT+HOME Display the Start menu
CTRL+ALT+BREAK Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen
ALT+DELETE Display the Windows menu
CTRL+ALT+Minus sign (-) Place a snapshot of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.
CTRL+ALT+Plus sign (+) Place a snapshot of the active window in the client on the Terminal server clipboard and provide the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.

–jeroen

via: List of the keyboard shortcuts that are available in Windows XP.

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