By Annie / Last Updated February 17, 2022

How do I send CTRL ALT Delete using Remote Desktop?

I want to change the admin password on a remote PC using Remote Desktop. I normally do this by pressing CTRL+ALT+Delete and selecting the change password option. But I can't send CTRL+ALT+Delete using RDP. What should I do? How can I change the password using RDP?

- Question from T. Marshall

CTRL+ALT+Delete is a very useful combination. It invokes a Task Manager, Change Password, Logoff, etc. However, this combination does not work well under Remote Desktop Connection as this command is always utilized by your own computer rather than send to the remote computer. 

Two ways to send CTRL+ALT+Delete in Remote Desktop

Get to know the reason why you can't sendCTRL+ALT+Delete command to the remote PC over RDP, it's time to realize the solutions to the issue. 

Method 1: Use CTRL + ALT + End combination

Although CTRL ALT Delete is not working in Remote Desktop, CTRL ALT End can do the same thing. 

Step 1. Press Windows key and R to open run box. Type “mstsc” and press ENTER.


Step 2. Type the IP address of the computer you want to control and enter your computer user name and password.

Step 3. After the connection is successfully established, you can press CTRL, ALT, and END together. It contributes to the same result when you press CTRL, ALT, and DEL on a computer that is not connected to another computer.  

Change a Password

Note: If you have trouble finding the End key, it is normally on the right side of the Enter key and next to the DEL key.

Method 2: Use on-screen keyboard to input “Del”

Opening an on-screen keyboard to click is another good way.

Step 1. Press Windows key and R to open the Run box, type “osk” in the entry bar, and press ENTER.

Run box

Step 2. After you press ENTER, an on-screen keyboard will appear. Press CTRL and ALT on your subsistent keyboard and click Del with your mouse on on-screen keyboard.


Remote access software with the shortcut Ctrl + Alt +  Delete 

Here introduce you a secure remote access software for Windows, AnyViewer. When you connected to the remote PC from the local PC using AnyViewer, you can various useful shortcuts, including "Ctrl+ Alt + Del", Lock, Task Manager, Logout, Restart, shut down, and so on. That is to say, you just need to click the option to achive the operation. 

The tool is compatible with Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R1. Thus you can still use it even after you downgrade the OS or upgrade your system from Windows 10 to Windows 11. Anyway, the most important thing for remote access software is safe. Your connection is secured by Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC) encryption, keeping your computer away from data leakage and security problem. Please feel free to download it.

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Follow those steps to use it.

Step 1. Sign up for an AnyViewer account and then sign in to this account on the two computers. Once logged in, the PC will be assigned to the account automatically. 

Log in AnyViewer

Step 2.   On the client computer,  go to "Device", click the PC that you need to control, and click "Remote control" to achieve remote connection with one click. 


Step 3. After the connection is successfully established, you can see a toolbar on the top of the window. Click the first icon, and then click Ctrl+Alt+Delete item. Then you can realize the Ctrl+Alt+Delete combination with just a click.

Ctril Alt Del

If you don't want to log in to AnyViewer account, you can also follow the following steps:

Step 1. Install and run AnyViewer on the host computer and client computer.

Step 2. On the client computer, type the host computer’s device ID that is set automatically by AnyViewer, and click Connect.


Step 4. Choose "Send a control request to your partner" and click "OK". To connect your own unattended computer, you can choose the second way and input the security code to connect to the remote PC. 


Step 5. On the host computer, your partner will receive a request. You can control his computer after he allows the request. If he denies it, the connection will be canceled.

Allow or Deny

Step 5. Now the remote control is successfully established. You can find Ctrl + Alt + Del under the "Operation" option.

CTRL-ALT-DEL combination

 This post tells you two methods to realize CTRL ALT Delete remote desktop connection. Not only that, you can choose AnyViewer as your backup plan which supports the Ctrl+Alt+Delete function with just an easy click.