Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete in a Remote Desktop Session

Remote Desktop Session

Want to switch a user while you are in a remote desktop session? This guide will show you how you can use the Use Ctrl+Alt+Delete combo to access the switch users menu.

People love to do their office work on PCs as these systems work quite efficiently and can do more than one task at a time. It has a number of other features but it has a nifty little operating system’s feature i.e., Remote Desktop. This feature allows you to connect your PC to another PC in another location. However, when one PC is connected to another, almost all keyboard actions are transferred to the remote device like pressing Enter, typing, pressing the Windows key, and so on. But it is not the case for a few key combinations (such as Send a Ctrl-Alt-Delete combination does not work).

Moreover, this feature can do a number of things like it provide access to a workplace computer from home or when traveling. Also, it provides access to a home computer from another location. It fixes a computer issue and also, executes administrative tasks. Well, in this article, we will let you know what it is and how does a combination of keys Ctrl + Alt + Delete works on Remote Desktop. So, let’s get started!

What is Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)?

Remote Desktop Session

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a protocol which is developed by Microsoft. It enables you to have remote access and can control a Windows OS device over the internet. This is a built-in feature of Windows OS therefore, you are not required to install any additional apps, and hence, it is easy to use this feature. However, if you want to establish the connection from a non-Windows device then, you are required to install the Microsoft Remote Desktop App.

Moreover, a remote desktop connection relies upon of a number of protocols. Some of them include Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), virtual network computing (VNC), NX technology, and Independent Computing Architecture (ICA).

Furthermore, the Remote Desktop Protocol is considered one of the most useful and practical tools constructed in Microsoft Windows OS (operating system). Also, it enables you to control a remote Windows device if it is in front of you. 

Use Ctrl + Alt + Delete in RDP

To make use of a key combination Ctrl + Alt + Delete in RDP. Well, there are two methods for this task to be done. To do so, let’s go ahead:

Method 1

The first method is to enable keyboard shortcuts for RDP connections. It has a few steps and they are the following:

  1. Head to the Start Menu and then, in a search bar, type Remote Desktop Connection (another mini window appears on a screen). Alternatively, hold and press Windows key + R > type mstsc into the Run box > press Enter
  2. Click the Show Options button placed at the left bottom corner of a mini window
  3. Select the Local Resources tab then, under the keyboard option, there is a “Apply Windows key combinations” option. 
  4. Now, click the drop-down menu under Apply Windows key combinations option, click it and choose the On the remote computer option.

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Method 2

Another method to do this task is to use the on-screen keyboard feature placed within the RDP host. To do so, follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Head to the Start Menu and then, in a search bar, type osk
  2. Choose the On-Screen Keyboard option (i.e., use shortcuts on a screen)
  3. Press “Ctrl” and “Alt” on the physical keyboard then, select “Del” on an osk window.

However, if you want to use Ctrl + Alt + Delete keys to access the Task Manager but want to keep using windows keyboard shortcuts on a PC instead of sending them through to the RDP, there are a few additional ways to do it. These bunch of other keyboard shortcuts you can use in Remote Desktop are the following:

  • Alt + Page Up — you can switch between programs (Alt + Tab is the local command)
  • Ctrl + Alt + End — you can display the Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc is the local command)
  • Alt + Home — It can bring up the Start menu on the remote computer
  • Ctrl + Alt + Plus (-) or Minus (+) — However, the Minus icon takes a snapshot of an active window, and the Plus icon takes a snapshot of the entire remote desktop window.

Final Words:

Ctrl+Alt+Delete is a combination used to enter the logout mode on your PC. Even in a remote session with someone, you can use this combination. But keep in mind that it will close the current session if you choose any other option than the Task Manager. One good thing about this is that you can lock your PC from any location. You can even check your PC status if you are not sure whether you turned it off or not.

This is a handy thing that you should remember is it can save your life many times. Feel free to let us know if you have problems with this guide. Also, how often do you use remote desktop, and have you ever tried this combo to lock your PC?

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