Howto: send a ctrl-alt-del using remote desktop

by admin on August 20, 2007

Every once in a while I need to send a ctrl-alt-del within a remote desktop session, usually when the session has been inactive for a while.  I always forget how to do it, and have to Google it.

So, mostly as a reminder to myself, the keystrokes to send are:


Or, follow these instructions to create a Windows key combination of your choosing.

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./martijn August 20, 2007 at 1:01 pm

Like CTRL+ALT+INS in a VMware Guest OS.


Julie August 20, 2007 at 7:11 pm

Exactly. You can find more VMware shortcuts at


Nathan Parks June 23, 2008 at 7:06 pm

Thanks a lot for the tip!! I’ve been wondering about that for a while!


matt July 28, 2008 at 4:48 am

thanks most helpfull


Blirf August 4, 2008 at 6:05 am

and almost (but not quite) as pressing F8 in VNC.


aryan January 15, 2009 at 5:02 pm

What if i’m using a mac and running win xp on bootcamp?
mac doesn’t have an “End” key


David Benton December 6, 2009 at 10:36 pm

You find a normal USB keyboard and it should work fine with your mac


Tomasz December 15, 2009 at 12:24 pm

This is useful,
Any idea how to send Ctrl+Alt+Del if you remote through one or more hosts?
in remoting (Remote desktop only) scenario:
A -> B -> C
how to send Ctrl+Alt+Del from A to C?



M Singh February 16, 2010 at 3:14 am

try Ctrl + Alt + End


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