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

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.

10 Responses to “Howto: send a ctrl-alt-del using remote desktop”

  1. ./martijn Says:

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

  2. Julie Says:

    Exactly. You can find more VMware shortcuts at

  3. Nathan Parks Says:

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

  4. matt Says:

    thanks most helpfull

  5. Blirf Says:

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

  6. Remote Desktop ctrl+alt+del « Rama’s Blog Says:

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  7. aryan Says:

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

  8. David Benton Says:

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

  9. Tomasz Says:

    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?


  10. M Singh Says:

    try Ctrl + Alt + End

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