I thought, that instead of a VM on my MacBook, I would just RDP to a Windows Server, and write my code there (C#,Visual Studio). Problem is that the keyboard mapping is completely wrong: What I'd want is to have the normal Mac keyboard layout (German) in the Remote Desktop session too. Now i downloaded a keyboard layout and installed it on windows, BUT as the a lot of keys are mapped to ALT+NUMBER (like ALT+5 for [ and ALT+6 for ]) and windows' default behaviour for the alt key is, to highlight the menu, i can't work with that mapping.

Would anyone of you have an idea to get that working?

I'm open to all suggestions and tried googling for some hours without finding a good solution


  • Note: Pressing alt+ctrl and then a number,it works as it should, but as there is no ctrl key on the right side of the keyboard, it's not really convenient Sep 12, 2013 at 18:40
  • Have you tried to customize the keyboard behavior in the Preferences of Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection for Mac ? You could also try CoRD - a Mac RDP client for Windows computers.
    – harrymc
    Sep 18, 2013 at 5:58
  • i tried CoRD but it performs really badly compared to the normal remote desktop, even at the lowest possible settings. Customizing the keyboard behaviour i could only manage to disable forwarding the alt key at all, but if you have any idea to get it working, that would be great Sep 18, 2013 at 15:50
  • If you can't tackle it on the Mac side, you could map the keys on the Windows side. The best utility for that is AutoHotkey.
    – harrymc
    Sep 18, 2013 at 16:00
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    AutoHotkey is such a versatile tool that it could probably verify the context of the session and act accordingly - whole products have been written entirely in AutoHotkey. But I don't have the time to research all that.
    – harrymc
    Sep 18, 2013 at 21:00

2 Answers 2


As suggested by harrymc i'm using an AutoHotKey script right now


i'm still trying to get the auto-run feature of RD working, so it automatically starts the program upon connecting.

Might not be the most elegant solution to this problem, but at least it works and i can easily change the script


According to this VMware KB article, installing Boot Camp drivers on Windows also adds Apple / Mac versions of some keyboard layouts as options in the control panel.

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