Microsoft Windows has a neat and smart diminutive feature – Remote Desktop which allows its users to remotely hook up to another system & handle as well as control it as if the user is physically present at the other system residing at another location. As soon as you connect to another system remotely, all its keyboard actions get passed on to the remote system, i.e. when you press the Windows key, type anything, press the Enter or backspace key, etc it acts on the remote machine that has been connected using the Remote Desktop. However, there are some special cases with key combinations where some key combinations don’t work the way as expected.
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Send Ctrl+Alt+Delete in a Remote Desktop Session
One of the key combinations that don’t work is the “CTRL + ALT + Delete” key combination. If you are planning to learn how to send CTRL+ALT+Delete in Remote Desktop for changing a password, you have to lock the RDP screen or log off. The “CTRL + ALT + Delete” key combination won’t work because your own OS utilizes it for your personal system. In this article, you will get to know about some methods that you can use as an alternative for “CTRL + ALT + Delete” while in a remote desktop connection.
Method 1: Use “CTRL + ALT + End”or “Fn + End”
In Remote Desktop, you have to press the key combination: “CTRL + ALT + End”. It will work as an alternative. You can find the “End” key in the upper right side of your screen; located to the top right side of your “Enter” key. If you have the small keyboard where the num-key section is not there, and you have the “Fn” (function) key which is usually on a laptop or external USB keyboard, you can hold down the “Fn” i.e. function key for pressing “End”. This key combination also works for older Terminal Server sessions.
Method 2: On-Screen Keyboard
Another trick that you can use to make sure your “CTRL + ALT + Del” works when you are in Remote Desktop connection is:
1. As you are connected to the Remote Desktop, click the “Start”
2. Now, type “osk” (for on-screen keyboard – short form), then open the “On-Screen Keyboard” in your remote desktop screen.
3. Now, physically on your personal PC’s keyboard, press the key combination: “Ctrl” and “Alt”, and then manually click the “Del” key on your remote Desktop’s On-Screen Keyboard window.
Here are lists of some key combinations that you can use when you are using Remote Desktop:
- Alt + Page Up For switching between programs (i.e. Alt + Tab is the local machine)
- Ctrl + Alt + End For displaying the Task Manager (i.e. Ctrl + Shift + Esc is the local machine)
- Alt + Home For bringing up the Start menu on the remote computer
- Ctrl + Alt + (+) Plus/ (-) Minus For taking a snapshot of the active window as well as taking a snapshot of the complete remote desktop window.
Method 3: Manually Change the Password
If you are planning to use the shortcut key Ctrl + Alt + Del just to open the Task manager in your remote desktop, then you don’t have to. You can simply right-click on your taskbar and choose Task Manager.
Again, if you want to change your password on your remote desktop, you can manually do so. Just navigate to
Control Panel\User Accounts\Change your Windows password
For Windows 7, 8, 10, 2008, 2012, 2016, as well as Vista, you can just click the “Start” and type “change password” for changing the password.
And that is all there is to know about Sending Ctrl+Alt+Delete in a Remote Desktop Session. But if you still have any queries then feel free to ask them in the comment section.