Keyboard Shortcuts within Remote Desktop

by Chris Sanders [Published on 29 June 2006 / Last Updated on 29 June 2006]

The various keyboard shortcuts used in Windows change when within a remote desktop window. Here is a list of the more common ones.

When you are in a remote desktop window the keyboards shortcuts you have become familiar with change slightly. Here are a few of the more common ones:

ALT+PAGE UP - Switches between programs from left to right.
CTRL+ESC - Switches the client between a window and full screen.
ALT+HOME - Displays the Start menu.
CTRL+ALT+MINUS (–) - Places a snapshot of the active window in the Remote Desktop session on the clipboard.
CTRL+ALT+PLUS (+) - Places a snapshot of the entire Remote Desktop session window on the clipboard.
CTRL+ALT+END - Displays the Task Manager


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at

The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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