How to Send Ctrl + Alt + Del through Remote Desktop?

The three key combinations Ctrl + Alt + Del open a menu for calling up the task manager, logging off, switching users and locking. On older Windows operating systems, these combinations open the task manager directly. However, after Windows 7, the three shortcut keys were changed to display multiple options. In the remote desktop session, these three key combinations don’t work because they work on the host. In this article, we will show you the methods that users can use to send Ctrl + Alt + Del over Remote Desktop.

Ctrl+Alt+Del in RDP

Sending Ctrl + Alt + Del via Remote Desktop

Since the combination mainly works for the host, the user has to use the other combination that works for RDP. There is also a setting in the RDP options for keyboard shortcuts. All the options that this combination opens up are also available through different methods. However, for this combination to work, the user must use one of the following methods.

Method 1: Use Ctrl + Alt + End

  1. hold it the window button and press R to open the Run command window. paste’mstsc‘ and Enter to open Remote desktop connection.
    Open the remote desktop connection via Run
  2. Click on that show options below and select the local resources Language.
  3. This is where you should check keyboard Possibility. If the ‘Only when using full screen mode‘ is selected, it means that the combinations will not work unless you have full screen mode open. You can also use the ‘on the remote computer‘ works in any window size.
    Change the keyboard shortcut settings in Remote Desktop Connection
  4. Now connect to the other computer and try to use it Ctrl + Alt + End instead of the standard combination Ctrl+Alt+Del.
    Try the Ctrl + Alt + End combination

Method 2: Use the on-screen keyboard

  1. In the remote desktop session, locate the on-screen keyboard Y open minded East.
    note: You can also open it by typing ‘OK‘ in the Run command window.

    Open the on-screen keyboard via Run
  2. Now try to press the key on the on-screen keyboard Ctrl + Alt + Delete Combination.
  3. If that doesn’t work, you can try using it Ctrl+Alt on a physical keyboard and press Extinguish on the on-screen keyboard.
    Try Ctrl+Alt+Del on the on-screen keyboard


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