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I have a MacBook Pro with a touchpad, and the only way I can figure out how to use the right click in my remote desktop session is by plugging in a mouse.

Ctrl-click (what I usually use for right click), doesn't work, as ctrl is used in Windows for other things. Is there an alternative?

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Try ctrl+shift+click. – bZezzz Jan 14 '12 at 2:29
excellent, thanks. – Eve Freeman Jan 14 '12 at 2:39
up vote 10 down vote accepted

Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection Keyboard Shortcuts

  • CTRL + SHIFT + CLICK: Right Click (OS X)

  • CTRL + ALT + END : Opens the Microsoft Widnows NT security dialog box.

  • ALT + PAGEUP : Switch between programs left to right.

  • ALT + PAGEDOWN : Switch between programs right to left.
  • ALT + INSERT : Cycle through programs in most recently used order.

  • ALT + HOME : Display Start Menu.

  • CTRL + ALT + BREAK : Switch the client computer between a window and full screen.

  • ALT + DELETE : Displays the windows menu.

  • CTRL + ALT + Minus Sign (-) : Place a snapshot of the active window in the client the terminal server, same as PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.

  • CTRL + ALT + Plus Sign (+) : Place a snapshot of the entire window in the client the terminal server, same as PRINT SCREEN on a local computer.

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Is there a way to get shift to work so you can input symbols? – ben950 Mar 21 '12 at 10:52
ctrl+shift+click does not work. Daniel's answer works, double tab – Clustermagnet Dec 5 '15 at 16:40

Either using two finger tap, or two finger "click" (by pressing down on the touchpad).

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Why was this downvoted? It's surely the simplest - for one-handed operation. – scipilot Aug 14 '14 at 12:09
Should be the accepted answer – Clustermagnet Dec 5 '15 at 16:39
This is the only answer that works for me (pressing down on the touchpad with 2 fingers). Even 2-finger tap doesn't work. – Stabledog Apr 19 at 16:17

This is kind of embarrassing, but the real problem was I didn't know how to right click with a touchpad on the macbook (it was still less than a month old). Update: You can do this by clicking or tapping with both fingers at the same time.

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I found that you can simulate the RIGHT-CLICK as follows;

use the arrow to position where you wish to right-click then use the keyboard icon and select SHIFT and F10

When you tap the keyboard pad to disappear you hopefully will have the right-click menu you want.

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