Remote Desktop (RDP) shortcut keys

Shortcut key Description
CTRL+ALT+HOME Activates the connection bar.
CTRL+ALT+BREAK or one of these shortcuts:

  • CTRL+ALT+PAUSE
  • CTRL+ALT+PRTSCN
  • CTRL+ALT+FN+SCRLK
Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode.
If these shortcuts don’t work, or the keys aren’t available, you can try the following alternative:

  • Press CTRL+ALT+HOME, TAB, TAB, TAB, TAB, TAB, ENTER. This activates the connection bar, and then presses the Restore down button.
CTRL+ALT+END 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).

The following table describes the standard Windows shortcut keys and their equivalent Remote Desktop shortcuts that are different. (For example, Ctrl+Z is generally the ‘Undo’ shortcut on both standard Windows and Remote Desktop.)

Table 2
Windows shortcut Remote Desktop shortcut Description
ALT+TAB ALT+PAGE UP Switches between programs from left to right.
ALT+SHIFT+TAB ALT+PAGE DOWN Switches between programs from right to left.
ALT+INSERT Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.
Windows key
or
CTRL+ESC
ALT+HOME Displays the Start menu.
ALT+SPACE BAR ALT+DELETE Displays the system menu.
ALT+PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+MINUS SIGN (-) Places a snapshot of the active window, within the client, on the clipboard.
PRINT SCREEN CTRL+ALT+PLUS SIGN (+) Places a snapshot of the entire client windows area on the clipboard .