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Problem with Alt-Tab and Remote Desktop

Steve Hoek
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I use the DF Alt-Tab functionality. I have it configured to "Show on current monitor only, show current windows only". I have a 3 monitor setup.

If I have a remote desktop window (not full screen) open on monitor 1, and it has focus, the first time I press Alt-Tab I see the Win10 Alt-Tab window on monitor 2 (primary). The next time I press Alt-Tab, I see the DF Alt-Tab window on monitor 1 as expected.

This only seems to happen when a remote desktop window is the current focused window.

Mar 9, 2017  • #1
Keith Lammers (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com
This is sort of by design. The RDP window has an option to send keystrokes like Alt+Tab to the remote machine instead of operating on the local machine. If that option is enabled, it wouldn't work because DisplayFusion would be hooking the Alt+Tab and showing its own, instead of allowing it to pass through to the remote machine.

The problem we ran into, was that there's no way for us to know if that option is enabled or not for the RDP session, so we settled on never hooking Alt+Tab if an RDP window has focus, which is why you'll see the Windows Alt+Tab when an RDP window is focused.

Hope that makes sense! Please let me know if you have any other questions at all.
Mar 9, 2017  • #2
Dr Sammy D71611
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@Keith Lammers

Can you add the Remote Desktop App from the Microsoft store to this exception as well? RDP is being deprecated.
Apr 21, 2021  • #3
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on WallpaperFusion.com

Is this the correct app? https://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/p/microsoft-remote-desktop/9wzdncrfj3ps?activetab=pivotverviewtab

Apr 22, 2021  • #4
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