Send Alt-Control-Delete to a Windows server via Remote Desktop

When you log into a Windows server via the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) in some cases you need to send the Alt-Control-Delete ( in other notations Alt-Ctrl-Del, Control-Alt-Delete, Ctrl-Alt-Del ) key combination to the remote server.

From a Macintosh laptop

On a Macintosh laptop press the fn+control+option+delete keys to send Alt-Control-Delete to the server.

From a Windows workstation

If the Remote Desktop window is not in full-screen mode, Alt+Control+Delete will control your own Windows workstation.

On a Windows workstation press the Alt+Control+End keys to send Alt-Control-Delete to the remote server.


Native resolution in Remote Desktop client on MacOSX

When you connect to a Windows computer from your Macintosh workstation the best remote desktop client is the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the Apple Appstore.

To configure the remote desktop connection for the best experience

  1. Select Native resolution
  2. Scale content for Full screen mode
    To be able to unselect the “Use all monitors checkbox”, uncheck it first, before you uncheck the “Start session in full screen” checkbox, otherwise, the last checkbox will be disabled.

If you use multiple displays, make sure you open the Microsoft Remote Desktop app on the display you want to use to view the remote computer, because the Native resolution setting will use the resolution of the display the app is running on at the moment you start the remote desktop connection.

Disable the animation in Microsoft Ofice 2013

Microsoft Office 2013 tries to amuse you with new bells and whistles, including animated effects, but when you access your computer via Remote Desktop connection this animation can also make Office very slow.

If you are interested in working with Microsoft Office 2013 without the unwanted entertainment you can turn off the animation by changing the registry entry DisableAnimations.

  • Start Notepad.
  • Copy the following lines into it and save the file to the Desktop as NoAnimation.reg.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

  • Double click the NoAnimation.reg  file on your Desktop.
  • Click Yes on the User Acount Control dialog.
  • Click Yes on the Registry Editor dialog.

    Registry Editor dialog

  • Click Yes on the success notification.

    Registry Editor Success dialog