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Remote Desktop Services Shortcut Keys

The following is a list of the Remote Desktop Services shortcut keys.

Missing keys:  Many compact keyboards do not contain some of these keys. For example, many laptops do not have a dedicated BREAK key. However, they usually have keyboard shortcuts that replace dedicated keys. These key replacements are specified by the manufacturer of the keyboard, so you may need to look up key replacements in the documentation provided by your keyboard or laptop manufacturer.

These shortcut keys can be applied to different machines based on the keyboard settings in your Remote Desktop client. You have the option of running the shortcuts on the local machine, the remote machine, or only on the remote machine when the client is in full screen mode. In the Remote Desktop Connection client, this setting is located in the Local Resources Tab, under Keyboard, Apply Windows key combinations.

For more user information about Remote Desktop connection, See Remote Desktop Connection: frequently asked questions.

Shortcut keyDescription


Switches between programs from left to right.


Switches between programs for right to left.


Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.


Displays the Start menu.


Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode.


Brings up the Windows Security dialog box for the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) (provides the same functionality as pressing CTRL+ALT+DEL on the local computer).


Displays the Windows menu.


Places a snapshot of the active window, within the client, on the RD Session Host server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on the local computer).


Places a snapshot of the entire client windows area on the RD Session Host server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on the local computer).


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