Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I recently started using a development environment running on a remote system which I access via remote desktop.

I'm using virtuawin to enable multiple desktops, similar to the feature available in Linux. The default keyboard shortcuts to change desktops which I've used for several years are

  • ctrl + alt + left
  • ctrl + alt + right
  • ctrl + alt + down
  • ctrl + alt + up

Up and down work properly, but for some reason left and right do not.

It appears that remote desktop is hijacking these shortcuts for some sort of internal use. Does anyone know of a way I can prevent this from happening so that I can use these shortcuts for applications inside the remote desktop session? I could always choose different shortcuts, but I'd rather not.

share|improve this question

Go to Options>Local Resources>Keyboard and try setting "apply Windows key combinations" to "On the remote computer".

share|improve this answer
This does not solve the problem. ctrl + alt + left & right appear to be shortcuts that remote desktop is reserving for itself, similar to ctrl + alt + break. – Brad Koch Jun 21 '11 at 17:39
@Brad Koch It might be limited to two keys in the combination so if you change your combination (I know you said you did not want to), and use what I wrote, it might solve it in lieu of a better solution. – KCotreau Jun 21 '11 at 17:43
It appears to be the combination of all three keys; ctrl + left and alt + left work fine, but ctrl + alt + left does not. I'll use alternative shortcuts if I have to, but changing keyboard shortcut habits is always an annoyance. I'd like to exhaust other options first. – Brad Koch Jun 21 '11 at 17:53
@Brad Koch At least you are a little closer, and have an alternative. – KCotreau Jun 21 '11 at 17:57

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .