Remote Desktop (RDP) Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

RDP stands for Remote Desktop Connection. It is a special network protocol which allows a user to establish a connection between two computers and access the Desktop of a remote host. It is used by Remote Desktop Connection. The local computer is often referred to as the "client". In this article, we'll see a list of useful keyboard shortcuts available for RDP in Windows 10.


Connected With New RDP Port
Before we continue, here are some details about how RDP works. While any edition of Windows 10 can act as Remote Desktop Client, to host a remote session, you need to be running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise. You can connect to a Windows 10 Remote Desktop host from another PC running Windows 10, or from an earlier Windows version like Windows 7 or Windows 8, or Linux. Windows 10 comes with both client and server software out-of-the-box, so you don't need any extra software installed.

Here is the list of keyboard shortcuts you can use in Remote Desktop. These hotkeys can help you save time and increase productivity.

Remote Desktop (RDP) Keyboard Shortcuts in Windows 10

Regular Windows keyboard combinationKey combination for RDPDescription of what hotkeys do
Win key or Ctrl+EscAlt+HomeOpens the Start Menu or Start screen
Alt+TabAlt+Page UpDisplays the Alt+Tab switcher where pressing Page Up while Alt is held down will switch programs from left to right
Alt+Shift+TabAlt+Page DownDisplays the Alt+Tab switcher where pressing Page Down while Alt is held down will switch programs from right to left
Alt+EscAlt+InsertCycles through open apps in most recently used order (sends the current active window to the bottom of the Z-order)
Alt+SpaceAlt+DeleteOpens the window menu of the active window
Print ScreenCtrl+Alt+'+'(Plus key on numeric keypad)Takes a screenshot of the whole screen to the clipboard which you can paste in Paint
Alt+Print ScreenCtrl+Alt+'-' (Minus key on the numeric keypad)Takes a screenshot of the active window to the clipboard which you can paste in Paint
Ctrl+Alt+DelCtrl+Alt+EndSends Ctrl+Alt+Del (Secure Attention Sequence) to the host.
-Ctrl+Alt+BreakToggles the RDP window between full screen mode and windowed mode
-Ctrl+Alt+Up/Down arrowView session selection bar
-Ctrl+Alt+Left/Right arrowSwitch between sessions
-Ctrl+Alt+HomeActivate connection bar in full-screen mode
-Ctrl+Alt+InsertScroll the session
-Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow'Tab' out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.
-Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow'Tab' out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.

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