My local desktop is Windows 7, and my remote Linux machine is Ubuntu + Gnome. I access my linux machine via VNCViewer.

When I'm working on my desktop, Alt+Tab switches between my desktop programs.

I've enabled Pass special keys directly to VNC Server in my VNCViewer. Special keys is pretty important in Linux and it'd be strange if I don't have them.

The problem is that when I'm in VNCViewer, Alt+Tab switches between programs within my Linux machine. If I want to switch back out to a desktop program (say I want to go to email, or a browser), there's no keyboard shortcut to do that. I need to manually click on any desktop programs to get myself out of VNC, and then do Alt+Tab. This is very inefficient.

Any suggestions?


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    you are going to have to make up your mind and accept a standard approach to how you want VNC to handle special keymaps. you can't have it mostly one way and a little the other. even if you changed the local alt+tab to alt+` or somthing else, VNC will still send the keypress to the remote box. – Frank Thomas Feb 4 '16 at 15:44
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    i was thinking other people might have faced this problem before and might have a good solution. – user3240688 Feb 4 '16 at 18:18

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