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Configure Windows shortcut keys in a session

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To configure Windows shortcut keys in a session

  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Options.

  2. On the Local Resources tab, under Keyboard, click the Apply Windows key combinations list, and then click the option you want. This option affects the behavior of Windows shortcut key combinations (such as ALT+TAB) when you are connected to a remote computer.

    • To configure your connection so that Windows shortcut keys always apply to your local desktop, choose On the local computer.

    • To configure your connection so that all Windows shortcut keys apply to the desktop of the remote computer, choose On the remote computer.

    • To configure your connection so that Windows shortcut keys apply to the remote computer only when the connection is in full screen mode, choose In full screen mode only.

  3. Click Connect.


  • To open Remote Desktop Connection, click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.

  • When you click Connect, the information you have entered in Options becomes the default setting for all Remote Desktop connections and is saved in a file called Default.rdp.

  • This procedure does not apply if you are using Remote Desktop Connection on a computer running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Millennium Edition.

  • CTRL+ALT+DEL always goes to the local desktop. If you need to send CTRL+ALT+DEL to the remote computer, you must use CTRL+ALT+END.

  • To toggle between full screen and non-full screen mode during a Terminal Services session, use CTRL+ALT+BREAK.

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Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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