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I'm using version 2.1.0 of Remote Desktop Client on my MacBook Pro with Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6). How do I use the fn or cmd call to simulate a print screen on the remote system?

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@PeterMortensen RDS? – Daniel Beck Jan 13 '12 at 20:27
Please check the @user1570136, that's the best answer which one can think of. – Mohammed Arif Jan 16 '15 at 3:29
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Alt+Page Up replaces Alt+Tab to “tab” through running applications in the RDP window.

Alt+Page Up+Numpad + takes a screen print of the remote desktop (just like using PrintScrn on a local computer).

Alt+Page Up+Numpad - takes a screen print of the active window inside the RDP window (just like using Alt+PrintScrn on the desktop).

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Nope - none of those work in my session. alt + tab replace cmd + tab and the other two just don't do anything noticeable. I ended up just running cmd + shift + 4 and emailed the screenshot from one session to the other, but there must be a better way. My setup is OSX --RDC--> Win 7 VM. – mjb Jun 21 '11 at 22:44
@mjb You don't have a numeric key pad on your Macbook Pro. Did you connect a full size keyboard to test this? – Daniel Beck Jun 24 '11 at 10:33
I did not - didn't realize that's what your parenthetical comment implied. Let me give it a go. In the meantime, any ways around it on the straight keyboard? – mjb Jun 25 '11 at 23:30
of course mjb doesn't have a numeric keyboard on his macbook pro. Connecting a full size keyboard doesn't answer the question as asked: "How do I use the fn or cmd call to simulate a print screen on the remote system?" – sdjuan Apr 13 '13 at 21:17

Here's an alternative solution to Oliver's answer for those that have those "half" mac keyboards without number pads,

From within the RDP Windows screen, Start > All Programs > Accessories > Ease of Use > On-Screen Keyboard.

This onscreen keyboard has all of the keys you need including Print Screen.

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That's a killer solution friend, works like charm without getting into all the key combinations on MAC. – Mohammed Arif Jan 16 '15 at 3:28
This is the only way I could get this to work from my Retina MacBook Pro using Microsoft Remote Desktop 8.0.x to Windows 7/8/Vista/XP sessions. It even works with Alt + PrtSc to take a snapshot of the current window. – Jeroen Wiert Pluimers Feb 22 '15 at 8:02

I believe what you're looking for is Fn+Option+F4. This gives me a "print screen" command inside the Windows RDP session to trigger application like SnagIt.

Pressing Fn gives you the straight function keys inside the RDP session, or at least this has worked for my MBP keyboard.

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This is the only answer that work for me. Thank you – Thang Pham Jun 24 '13 at 4:54

if you click on the RDC menu at top of screen on OSX, click on preferences, then keyboard, you should have a Mac shortcut of option f4 (default) i actually remapped mine to option 1 (as i couldn't get option f4 to work on the standard bluetooth keyboard, but obviously you can map to whatever you like

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opt+f4 works for me on a macbook pro under mountain lion – sdjuan Apr 13 '13 at 21:11

Easy way: PDF what you want a shot of then use "take a snapshot" from the pdf and just hit paste where you need it. Saves it to the PC clipboard thru your mac.

Your welcome :-)

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Faster alternative solution / remote machine is Win7: on remote machine, open Start menu (hit cmd on Mac keyboard), type "osk" (wihout quotes), make sure "osk.exe" is highlighted, hit Enter on Mac keyboard. (osk.exe = On Screen Keyboard).

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You may find that your RDS admin has provided a separate snipping tool to provide this function - my session certainly has this. Checking the app, it seems to be part of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard server release.

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Upvoting. This works better than every other solution, for me. The onscreen keyboard does work but I was only able to get it to take a fullscreen capture, which includes the OSK itself. Start > "Snipping Tool", is the way to go. – JMD Jul 19 at 20:31

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