I'm using Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium locally and Windows 7 Enterprise remotely via Remote Desktop. The RD window is full screen. Sometimes, when I press Alt-Tab, it is processed by both the remote machine and my local machine. The result is that I get switched to another local window and when I switch back to the RD window, it has switched to another window as well.

This only happens sometimes. If I press Alt-Tab again after switching back to the RD window, it will work correctly. But if I wait about 10 seconds and then try again, the problem happens again.

My local Windows 7 is not patched to SP1, nor is the remote Windows 7.

  • I have subsequently patched both my local Windows 7 and the remote Windows 7 to Service Pack 1 and I'm still getting this problem. – dOxxx Jun 24 '11 at 18:47
  1. Open the remote desktop connection application
  2. Click the options button
  3. Go to the local resources tab
  4. There will be a box labeled keyboard
  5. Set the option to "on the remote computer"
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    Unfortunately, this doesn't work. – dOxxx Nov 2 '12 at 13:40
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    After doing this you can use the shortcuts suggested by @Josh to switch between windows in the RDC (i.e Alt + Insert or Alt + PageUp/PageDown) – Ghos3t Mar 27 '17 at 10:41

Sure-fire way to "alt tab" inside of an RDP session is to press ALT+PAGE UP

Also, ALT+PAGE DOWN will do the same thing as you'd expect ALT+SHIFT+TAB.

  • Those keys do nothing. – dOxxx Nov 2 '12 at 13:41
  • This one was the fix for me in a Citrix-driven RDP environment where I could not edit the MSTSC client settings. – Crates May 18 '17 at 10:35

These Shortcut Keys might help

  • Alt + PageUp: Move between apps from left to right
  • Alt + PageDown: Move between apps from right to left
  • Alt + Insert: Cycle through apps in the order that they were started

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