Question overheard at a recent user group meeting ...
The Windows key is so important with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 … how do I pass the Windows key to a remote RDP session running Windows Server 2012 in a window? Unless I'm in full-screen mode, the Windows key doesn't pass-through to the remote session!?
Great question! The Windows key can be passed through to a remote RDP session running in a window using the Alt-Home key. In addition, Ctrl-Alt-End passes the Ctrl-Alt-Del key sequence to the remote RDP session to bring up the Windows Security dialog options screen.
Alternatively, you can also launch the RDP Connection client (mstsc.exe) and configure the following setting in the "Local Resources" connection options tab:
Here's the full list of RDP shortcut hot keys for future reference:
Switches between programs from left to right.
Switches between programs for right to left.
Cycles through the programs in the order they were started.
Displays the Start menu.
Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode.
Brings up the Windows Security dialog box.
Displays the Windows menu.
CTRL+ALT+MINUS SIGN (-)
Places a snapshot of the active window, within the client, on the Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing ALT+PRINT SCREEN on the local computer).
CTRL+ALT+PLUS SIGN (+)
Places a snapshot of the entire client windows area on the RD Session Host server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PRINT SCREEN on the local computer).
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Keith Mayer is a Senior Technical Evangelist at Microsoft focused on Windows Infrastructure, Data Center Virtualization, Systems Management and Private Cloud. Keith has over 20 years of experience as a technical leader of complex IT projects, in diverse roles, such as Network Engineer, IT Manager, Technical Instructor and Consultant. He has consulted and trained thousands of IT Pros worldwide on design of enterprise technology solutions.
Keith is currently certified on several Microsoft technologies, including Private Cloud, System Center, Hyper-V, Windows, Windows Server, SharePoint and Exchange. He also holds other industry certifications from VMware, IBM, Cisco, Citrix, HP, CheckPoint, CompTIA and Interwoven.
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