Is it possible to exit a Windows Remote Desktop Connection in full-screen mode with a keyboard shortcut?

I'm using Windows 8.

3 Answers 3

  1. First press Crtl + Alt + Home to activate the connection bar
    or press Ctrl + Alt + Break to switch from full-screen-mode to window mode.
  2. Then press Alt + Tab or any other method you may prefer to switch between open windows.

To learn more from the source I used, visit here: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-my/windows-8/keyboard-shortcuts

  • If I go with Pause/Break, then I can get back to the Remote Desktop in the same way. If I go with Home, then there is no way to get back to the Remote Desktop with keyboard only. Nov 9, 2017 at 1:25
  • @FranklinYu I don't have any issues getting back to the Remote Desktop when using Home. I just use Ctr + Alt to get back to the Remote Desktop and it works.
    – drinovc
    Aug 30, 2019 at 16:20
  • @drinovc That's weird. I tried again just now. First I use Ctrl Alt Home to escape the RDP; then I switched to another program at client side (my browser) with Alt Tab; then I switched back with Alt Tab; then I hit Ctrl Alt as you instructed; then I tried switching window within the RDP session with Alt Tab but it switched to another program in client side, indicating that it didn't get inside the RDP session. Aug 30, 2019 at 17:46
  • It'd be nice if my laptop had either of those buttons... home and break Jun 25, 2021 at 0:30

You can disconnect from a windows 10 session with tsdiscon.exe . I created a taskbar short cut for just this purpose. Not sure if that executable is available in windows 8. (it should be). I found this to be the most expedient way to logoff a remote desktop session when the remote desktop bar is intentionally hidden (it always seemed to be in the way).

PS: The tsdiscon.exe file should be located on the PC you're remoting into (not the one your on).


If you need to quickly move between remote PC and non-remote laptop, then the following method would allow you to quickly switch between the two side.

Prerequisite: A working laptop track pad able to detect 4 point touch or more

  1. Create a new Desktop (Press Win + Tab, you will see the New Desktop button)
  2. Connect your Remote site in full screen using Desktop 1
  3. Put 4 fingered into your track pad, and swipe right
  4. You should be on your Desktop 2 now, and you can start your non-remote work there
  5. Switch back to remote site by Put 4 fingered into your track pad, and swipe left
  6. You should now be in Desktop 1 again
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    This is a sneaky way to do it. Thanks for the answer. Is there a similar way using New Desktops to do this on an actual PC (not a laptop so no 4 finger track-pad command) Jun 25, 2021 at 0:39
  • Not that I think of. Even with the Virtual touchpad like so: wpxbox.com/… It would be much more difficult to do the swipe. Maybe if we use macro tools like AutoHot key might work. Not sure Jun 25, 2021 at 1:30

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