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How to Send Ctrl Alt Del Remote Desktop? [RDP CTRL ALT DEL]

Do you know how to work with remote desktop with shortcuts? This article will help you to understand how to send ctrl alt del on remote desktop and the uses of RDP CTRL ALT DEL

Posted: 08 Oct, 20 Updated: 06 Apr, 23 by Susith Nonis 4 Min

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The Remote Desktop Protocol is one of the most useful tools built into Microsoft systems. It allows you to control a remote machine as if it were straight ahead. There are, however, some warnings you need to keep in mind.  One such thing is the inability to use keyboard shortcuts by default. Although seemingly unimportant, Windows power users will notice the difference immediately. Through this article, you will also learn how to send CTRL ALT Delete on remote desktop and how someone can use CTRL+ALT+Del in a remote desktop connection.

Luckily, this setting can be changed when establishing a connection. If you wish to keep this setting unchanged, there are also several other methods that can be used to replace the famous CTRL+ALT+DELETE key combo.


Along with CTLR+C and CTRL+V for copy and paste, CTRL+ALT+DELETE is one of the popular keyboard shortcuts a new Windows user learns. The main use for it is to open the Task Manager, from which you can terminate and restart tasks & services that are not responding, as well as see the resource usage of your machine and edit what applications are run on startup.

However, there are other important uses for this shortcut. The menu it opens also contains options for you to lock the computer (i.e. if you have a password set), switch the user account and sign out of the current user. At the bottom right, you could also change the network you are connected to, access the Accessibility options, put your computer to sleep, shut it down, or restart it. With all these features available at the click of a few keys, it can be seen that this is one of the most powerful keyboard shortcuts.

Read more about remote desktop protocol from our blog post.

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Now that you know why to use this keyboard shortcut let us show you how to use ctrl alt delete remote desktop.

Method 1:

Step 1: The first method is to enable keyboard shortcuts for RDP connections. To do so, when establishing a connection (First, Windows key + R, then type mstsc into the Run box and press Enter), click on the Show Options button.

Step 2: Then navigate to the Local Resources tab.

Step 3: Under Keyboard, you will see “Apply Windows key combinations.” Click on the drop-down menu and select On the remote computer.

Method 2:

Another way to use this shortcut is to use the on-screen keyboard feature within the RDP.      

Step 1: Type into the Windows search bar osk and select On-Screen Keyboard. From there, you can use all the Windows keyboard shortcuts.


Step 2: If you are using CTRL+ALT+DELETE to access the Task Manager but want to keep using windows keyboard shortcuts on your computer instead of sending them through to the RDP, there are other ways to do it.

Step 3: Right Click on Taskbar

When you right-click on the taskbar in windows, one of the options in the newly-opened menu is to open the Task Manager. It can be seen here:

Step 4: Windows Search

If the RDP host is running Windows 10, you can open the Task Manager by simply typing in Task Manager into the Windows search bar.


If you belong to IT support, then RDP is one of the frequently used tools. It can be difficult to manage everything so frequently. Having shortcuts handy makes every task easy and time-saving. It is better to set up a few shortcuts for your applications. 

In this article, we have mentioned how you can set up keyboard shortcuts for RDP, and you can use the remote ctrl alt delete shortcut key to perform your task.

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Susith Nonis

I'm fascinated by the IT world and how the 1's and 0's work. While I venture into the world of Technology, I try to share what I know in the simplest way with you. Not a fan of coffee, a travel addict, and a self-accredited 'master chef'.

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2021, Feb, 21

CTRL + ALT + END should do the trick

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2021, Apr, 21

Nailed it Jorge hahaha!!