Windows Remote Desktop Shortcuts

Jump to: Entering Remote Desktop, Using Shortcuts in Remote Desktop

1. Entering Remote Desktop

Win+r, then type 'mstsc'

Microsoft Terminal Services Client.

mstsc /v:

Start Remote Desktop and connect to Server, port is optional

mstsc /f

Start Remote Desktop in Full Screen Mode

mstsc /admin

Runs Remote Desktop in Admin Mode

mstsc /w: /h:

Specify either width or height of Window

mstsc /public

Run Remote Desktop in Public Mode

mstsc /span

Matches Remote Destkop with local virtual desktop

mstsc /multimon

Matches Session Layout to Client Layout

mstsc "connection file"

Opens Connection Settings of the .rdp file

mstsc /edit "connection file"

Opens the .rdp file for editing

mstsc /migrate

Migrates older rdp file to new rdp files

mstsc /?

List all parameters

2. Using Shortcuts in Remote Desktop

Alt+Page Up

Switches between programs from left to right (equals standard desktop Alt+Tab)

Alt+Page Down

Switches between programs for right to left (equals standard desktop Alt+Shift+Tab)


Cycles through the programs in the order they were started (equals standard desktop Alt+Insert)


Displays the Start menu (equals standard desktop Ctrl+Escape)


Switches the client between full-screen mode and window mode


Show (or focus) on Connection Bar (when in full-screen mode)


Brings up the Windows Security dialog box.


Displays the Windows menu.


Screenshot of active Window into Clipboard (equals standard desktop PrtScr)


Screenshot of Entire Remote Desktop into Clipboard (equals standard desktop Alt+PrtScr)

Created by max on 4/7/2014. Last updated by admin on 2/3/2017


4 Comments for '(Windows) - Windows Remote Desktop Shortcuts'   

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Comment #4 by raysosher Sep 7, 2020 at 02:22 am  Reply

So how can I minimize all the active windows in remote?

Comment #3 by AndyGett Apr 23, 2018 at 07:26 pm  Reply

Your remote desktop short cuts lists Alt-Del for "Displays the Windows menu." which is exactly what I was looking for. You might add "equals standard desktop Alt+Space".

Comment #2 by Sam Aug 22, 2017 at 01:10 pm  Reply

Shortcut keys to minimize all the active windows in remote or Go to desktop shortcut key in remote please help...

Comment #1 by harris Feb 2, 2017 at 06:19 pm  Reply

Ctrl-Alt-Home : show (or focus) connection bar

Reply #2 Sree Mar 22, 2018 at 11:46 pm

it is not working

Reply #1 admin Feb 3, 2017 at 09:58 am

added; thanks


Microsoft Windows Shortcuts

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