Key combinations, such as Ctrl+Alt+Del, do not work with Remote Desktop since they will apply to the client computer and not the remote. There are combinations you can use that will simulate the special key combinations on the remote computer.

  • Ctrl+Alt+End: Task Manager or Windows Security dialog box (acts like Ctrl+Alt+Del).
  • Alt+Page Up or Alt+Page Down: Task Switching (like Alt+Tab and Alt+Shift+Tab).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Plus symbol: Puts a snapshot of remote session on clipboard (like PrtScn).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Minus symbol: Puts a snapshot of active window in remote session on clipboard (like Alt+PrtScn).

If your keyboard has the Windows logo key then you can use this key to perform specific actions quickly and easily. Here are the shortcuts:

  • Windows Key: Start Menu.
  • Windows Key+D: Minimizes all open windows and shows the Desktop. (press it key again to restore them to their previous positions).
  • Windows Key+E: Explorer Window.
  • Windows Key+F: File search.
  • Windows Key+L: Locks your computer (switches users if Fast User Switching is activated).
  • Windows Key+R: Run… command dialog.
  • Windows Key+Pause/Break: Systems Properties panel.
  • Windows Key+Tab: Cycles through the application in the Taskbar. (Shift+Windows Key+Tab will do this in the reverse direction).
  • Windows Key+F1: Windows Help and Support Center.

Keyboard Shortcuts (Part 2)

October 2nd, 2006

Today’s focus will be on Internet Explorer.

  • F5: Refresh current page.
  • F11: Full screen mode.
  • CTRL+N: Open new window.
  • Ctrl+B: Organize bookmarks.
  • Ctrl+E: Search sidebar.
  • Ctrl+H: History sidebar.
  • Ctrl+I: Favorites sidebar.
  • Alt+Left: Go back a page.
  • Alt+Right: Go forward a page.
  • Alt+Home: Home page.
  • Ctrl+F5: Refresh page and cache.
  • Esc:  Stop downloading page.

These are for IE7:

  • Ctrl+Q: Open Quick Tab view.
  • Ctrl+T: Open new tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Q: View list of open tabs.
  • Ctrl+Tab: Next tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+Tab: Previous tab.
  • Ctrl+left mouse click: Open link in background tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+left mouse click: Open link in foreground tab.
  • Alt: Toggle Menu Bar

Keyboard Shortcuts (Part 1)

October 1st, 2006

Keyboard shortcuts can be a great timesaver when performing various tasks.  Today we will focus on those from Microsoft Office.  I am going to limit the focus to Word, Excel and Outlook since they are the most widely used from this suite.

Office Keyboard Shortcuts


  • Ctrl+C: Copy selection.
  • Ctrl+X: Cut selection.
  • Ctrl+V: Paste copied selection.
  • Ctrl+Shift+>: Increase font size.
  • Ctrl+Shift+<: Decrease font size.
  • Alt+F11: Open Visual Basic for Applications.
  • Alt+Shift+F10: Display Smart Tag options.


  • Ctrl+Shift+I: Switch to inbox.
  • Ctrl+Shift+O: Switch to outbox.
  • Ctrl+Enter: Send current message.
  • Ctrl+R: Reply to a message.
  • Ctrl+Shift+R: Reply All to a message.
  • Ctrl+Shift+A: Create a new appointment.
  • Ctrl+Shift+M: Create a new message.
  • Ctrl+1: Switch to Mail.
  • Ctrl+2: Switch to Calendar.
  • Ctrl+3: Switch to Contacts.
  • Ctrl+4: Switch to Tasks.
  • Alt+F1:  Toggle navigation pane


  • Shift+F3: Toggle selected text between lowercase, title case, and uppercase.
  • F4: Repeat your last action.
  • Shift+F4: Repeat the most recent Find command.
  • Shift+F5: Jump to the last change you made in the document.
  • Ctrl+F6: Toggle between open documents.
  • F7: Run the spell-checker.
  • F12: Open the Save As dialog.


  • F2: Edit  cell’s contents.
  • Ctrl+1: Open the Format Cells dialog.
  • Ctrl+Page Up: Move to next sheet in the workbook.
  • Ctrl+Page Down: Move to previous sheet in the workbook.
  • Ctrl+Shift+”: Copy value from the cell above into the current cell.
  • Ctrl+R: Fill contents of active cell into selected cells to the right.
  • Ctrl+D: Fill contents of active cell into selected cells down.
  • Ctrl+`: Toggle between showing cell values and formulas in cells.
  • Ctrl+$: Set selection to currency format with two decimal places.