Ctrl Alt Del in Remote DesktopRemote Desktop Connection or Microsoft Terminal Services Client is an useful protocol that allows user to connect and manage remote computer with full screen support. However, as the Remote Desktop Connection screen is effectively running within the host Windows system desktop, users who use keyboard shortcuts frequently may get confused with keyboard shortcuts to use when working on remote PC’s desktop, or getting incorrect, erroneous or unexpected behavior with keyboard shortcuts and accelerators.
When we trying to trigger Ctrl Alt Del function on remote system connected via Remote Desktop Connection, the keyboard shortcut combination pressed will bring up the Ctrl-Alt-Del function on the local machine instead of the machine remotely logged on via RDC.
To get the intended result, a slightly different keyboard shortcuts are used when applied to a remote desktop session window.
The below table document lists the commonly used keyboard shortcuts key combination to use in Remote Desktop Connection.
|Local Machine||Remote Desktop Connection||Usage|
|CTRL+ALT+DEL||CTRL+ALT+END||To Open Microsoft Windows NT Security dialog box.|
|CTRL+PAGE UP||ALT+PAGE UP||Switch between programs from left to right.|
|CTRL+PAGE DOWN||ALT+PAGE DOWN||Switch between programs from right to left.|
|ALT+TAB||ALT+INSERT||Cycle through the programs in most recently used order.|
|CTRL+ESC||ALT+HOME||Display the Start menu.|
|ALT+DELETE||Display the Windows menu.|
|CTRL+ALT+BREAK||Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen.|
Note : This article is applies to Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008,Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 and Windows 8.