Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm RDPing from Windows 7 to Windows XP. The client machine has two monitors.

I want to have the RDP session full screened on Monitor 2, with the client machine's Windows 7 living on Monitor 1.

I also want to be able to "escape" from the RDP session without using the mouse.

The RDP Display and Local tabs let you configure this kind of thing. I have tried every combination of Resolution + "Windows key combinations work on This Machine / Remote Machine / Only in fullscreen."

No matter what I pick, if I go into Fullscreen mode (Ctrl + Alt + Break) with the RDP window, there's no way to get back out by the keyboard alone.

If I pick "Windows key combinations work on This Machine," then Alt + Tab simply does nothing as long as I'm in full screen. If I take the RDP window out of fullscreen, then Alt + Tab works locally as expected, and I can use the Alt + PgUp and Alt + PgDown hotkeys to scroll through programs on the remote machine.

If I pick "Windows key combinations work On Remote Machine / In fullscreen only," then Alt + Tab will be sent to the remote machine as expected. However, the Ctrl + Alt + Right/Left Arrow shortcut, which Windows Vista help says "enables you to tab out of the Remote Desktop controls," does nothing.

What in the world is going on?

share|improve this question

5 Answers 5

up vote 8 down vote accepted

I think this may be a dupe of http://superuser.com/questions/172301/keyboard-only-navigation-between-full-screen-ms-remote-desktop-remote-system-and

You can get back out of fullscreen mode by using Ctrl + Alt + Break again. It toggles between fullscreen/non-fullscreen. Once you are back out of fullscreen mode, Alt + Tab will work locally.

A nice enhancement would be some way to Alt + Tab out of the RDP session without leaving fullscreen. I find Ctrl + Alt + Break followed by Alt + Tab to switch to the application I want to use followed by Alt + Tab to get back to the RDP session followed by Ctrl + Alt + Break to toggle fullscreen again to be extremely cumbersome.

share|improve this answer
1  
That was basically my question--I'm familiar with the Ctrl + Alt + Break keybinding, but really really really want to switch without having to exit fullscreen. Seems kind of obvious... is there really no way to do it? –  Max Cantor Feb 16 '11 at 19:18

I know this is an old thread, but I just found the answer in case any one was still looking.

  1. Right click remote desktop Icon
  2. Edit > Local Resource > Keyboard
  3. Set to "On This Computer"
  4. Done

Now in Server I can Alt tab into applications outside the server

share|improve this answer
    
The OP said that he had already tried this. –  James Jan 23 at 15:48

I would like to add a new handy key-combination that enables you to use the Alt+Tab combination as expected (including other combinations).
First you should make sure that you run in fullscreen mode, this can be done by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Pause.

After this switch it should be possible to do the Alt+Tab again.

share|improve this answer

I spend most of the day in RDP, so I want to share the love.

To alt tab in RDP, you use Alt PgUp adn Alt PgDn.

Alt HOME displays the Start menu.

CTRL ALT BREAK switches between a window and a full screen.

ALT DELETE is the same as Ctrl ALT Space.

CTRL ALT NumMinus places a screenshot of the active window, within the client, in the clipboard. Similar to Alt PrtScrn.

Ctrl ALT NumPlus Screen shot of the entire Client's screen in clipboard, similiar to PrtScrn

Another helpful tool is to save RDP files, so you can get multiple resolutions. Sometimes I want to fire up a computer in fullscreen. I have a "full screen" RDP file for that computer. Sometimes I want to fire it up at a smaller resolution. I just click that RDP file instead.

share|improve this answer
    
Thank you. Just the hints I've been looking for. –  Simon Gillbee Jan 13 at 18:19
    
I wish there was a way to propagate Win-??? commands. Win-E to bring up Explorer, Win-D to show desktop, Win-R to Run, Win-Q to bring up the Linq UI, etc. Any hints there? –  Simon Gillbee Jan 13 at 18:20
    
I am guessing that these only work on Windows 7? I am RDPing from Windows Server 2012, and non of these work here.... –  AviD Feb 17 at 20:47
    
@AviD: They work just fine for me. Note the question. These work when you are not in fullscreen. –  surfasb Feb 18 at 16:03
    
ah, derp. But the question is about when you ARE in fullscreen? –  AviD Feb 20 at 8:46

I found a way to do this using AutoHotkey. See my answer here: Keyboard shortcut to minimize Remote Desktop

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.