I have two machines, both windows 10, I'm remoted into one machine. On the local machine I have multiple workspaces and can switch between them using Ctrl + Win + left/right arrows, really snazzy.

However if I get into a full screen remote desktop session, then its workspaces want to take over; I can't find a way to disable this and allow me to control my local workspaces, any more. Nor am I finding any shortcut keys that allow me to push the windows key locally.

Am I missing something, or did Microsoft not really think about this use case?

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    If the remote desktop session is NOT full screen, then the inputs will go to the local session. If the Remote Desktop session is full-screen, then the inputs go to the remote session. I think of the full-screen mode as a "modal dialog" mode, so in this case it makes sense that the input gets directed to the remote session.
    – cdavid
    Jan 5, 2016 at 1:52
  • @cdavid yeah, I was afraid of that, there are SOME special host shortcut keys that you can access the local session while in the remote session (such as the full screen shortcut key). I was hoping that Microsoft put something in for workspaces or a 3rd party tool that I could use... Jan 12, 2016 at 17:09
  • This was answered here: superuser.com/questions/1046767/…
    – Glenn Wark
    Jun 1, 2023 at 14:11

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I found your question while seeking the same.

Best workaround I have is the following combo

[ctrl] + [alt] + [pause/break] : this will full screen/window the remote desktop

I put my remote sessions on separate desktops and use the [ctrl] + [win] + right/left

I wonder if something can be done using AutoHotKey to wrap it up into a single action?

  • This is not an answer to the original question. If you have a new question please ask your own question (referencing this one for context if it helps).
    – DavidPostill
    Feb 22, 2017 at 10:17
  • Actually this is my working solution so it IS an answer to the original question.
    – ktamlyn
    Apr 6, 2017 at 17:32

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