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I am using the Screen Sharing application on a Macintosh running OS X Lion. I use Command-Tab to rotate between applications similarly to Alt-Tab on a Windows machine. However, when the Screen Sharing application has focus, the Command-Tab is being interpreted by the target screen instead of my local Macintosh.

How can I override this behavior and have my Macintosh see the Command-Tab instead of the remote screen?

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Good question. According to here, the hidden preference DoNotSendSystemKeys is ignored as of OS X Lion. – Daniel Beck Jul 28 '12 at 15:27
Unfortunately, as stated on that page, this no longer works in OS X 10.7 anymore. – WilliamKF Jul 28 '12 at 15:47
Try to change the mode to Full Screen. – kenorb Aug 14 '12 at 9:51
are you connecting from Mac to Mac? Which Screen Sharing application do you use? – kenorb Aug 14 '12 at 9:51
I'm connecting from a Mac to a Linux box. The Mac has an application called Screen Sharing that I am using. – WilliamKF Aug 14 '12 at 11:22
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If you press optioncommandx, then the screen sharing window will go into 'observe mode', and won't accept any mouse or keyboard input. Then you can press commandtab and switch apps. I know this doesn't really fix your problem, but it's at least a quick workaround...

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I think I have the solution. I've had the same problem. On both Macs go in the System Preferences to share screen options and be sure that "external management" or "remote management" is off and screenshare is on. Maybe I don't use exactly the right words, because I translated these from Dutch. I hope this helps you.

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