By Vivian / Last Updated November 12, 2021

About Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts

Remote Desktop feature is used for remote access between two computers, which is beneficial for many users to their work stuff or something else. However, the user may find that it’s totally different to use the shortcuts key for Remote Desktop Connection from the Windows shortcuts. For example, when you use RDC and press Ctrl + Tab or Alt + Tab to switch between programs, you’ll find that it can’t work out. So, what are the keyboard shortcuts for RDC?

Detailed instructions for Windows RDC keyboard shortcuts

There will be a list to tell the concrete keyboard shortcuts of Remote Desktop Connection and the functions, which can help you be more efficient at doing certain tasks and save a lot of time when you use the RDP built-in feature. 

Shortcuts for RDC

Functions of shortcuts

ALT + Home

Opens the Start Menu or Start Screen (the same as Ctrl +Esc on Windows)

ALT + Page Up

Switch programs from left to right (the same function as Alt + TAB on Windows)

ALT + Page Down

Switch programs from right to left (equivalent to Alt + Shift + Tab on Windows)

ALT + Insert

Cycle through items in the order in which they were opened. ( the same function when pressing Alt + Tab on Windows)

ALT + Delete

Opens the shortcut menu for the active window. (Alt + Space on Windows)

Ctrl+Alt+plus key

Take a screenshot of the whole screen and then you can paste it. (the same function as Print Screen key)

Ctrl+Alt+minus key

Take a screenshot of the active window and then paste it. (the same function as Alt + Print Screen key)

Ctrl + ALT + End

Displays Task Manager ( equal to Ctrl + Alt + Del on Windows)

Ctrl + ALT + Break

Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode.

Ctrl + ALT + Up/ Down arrow

View session selection bar

Ctrl + ALT + Left/Right arrow

Switch between sessions

Ctrl + Alt + Right Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

Ctrl + Alt + Left Arrow

“Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host program (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) program.

From the chart, we can get that some of the default Windows shortcuts are different from the shortcuts for the RDP. For instance, Ctrl + Alt + Del on Windows is to display Task Manager, while it should be “Ctrl + ALT + End” on RDP. we can’t use Ctrl + Tab or Alt + Tab to switch programs when RDP to a server, instead we need to use Alt + Insert. To take a screenshot, the Print Screen key is not suitable for RDP, on the contrary, we need to use the combination “Ctrl+Alt+plus key” to realize the purpose.

A remote access freeware with centralized shortcuts: AnyViewer

After the detailed explanation of the shortcuts for RDC and the functions, you must have already known the concrete operation and taken it into practice when using the Remote Desktop Connection feature. We have to admit that the differences between Windows default shortcuts and the RDC keyboard shortcuts cause many troubles for many users. It’s too hard for us to distinguish them according to the condition, let alone to remember those shortcuts. Under the circumstance, we’d better choose a remote access freeware to make the operation easier, like AnyViewer.

With the advantages of being free and having centralized shortcuts display, AnyViewer can give you a better experience and free you from remembering so many shortcuts. It’s applicable for many editions of computers like Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server 2022/2019/2016/2012 R2. Now, let’s see how to operate.

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Step 1. On the two computers, download and install AnyViewer, open it and you can see the device ID, Settings and so on.

Temporary Code

Step 2. On the host computer, go to Settings, then Recipient, choose the third option “Set my security code”, type the security code you want and then click on “OK” and return to the main interface.

Accept Remote Control

Step 3. On the local PC, enter the device ID of the remote PC and click on “Connect”.


Sep 4. For the pop-up request on the local PC, choose the second one “Input security code”, and type in the security code, click on OK.

Security Code

Step 5. Now you are successfully connecting to the remote PC. Under the “Operation” option, you can see many options are shown which need the various shortcuts to open in Remote Desktop.



The Remote Desktop Connection keyboard shortcuts are introduced above. You can bear in mind and try them when you use the Remote Desktop feature. If memorizing them and distinguishing them are painful to you, AnyViewer, a free remote access software is a good choice for you.