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Toggle between taskbars in VM and on host machine, while using Microsoft Remote Desktop in full-screen mode?

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Matthew Salem
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Not sure if there's a way to do this, but: I have DisplayFusion installed inside of a VM that I access via Microsoft Remote Desktop. I also have DisplayFusion installed on my host machine. I have a 3-monitor setup: 1 monitor is up top, the other 2 are side-by-side beneath it. When I'm working inside the VM (via Microsoft Remote Desktop), I span the displays across all 3 screens. However, I want to be able open programs from my host machine while the Microsoft remote desktop session is in full screen mode, without having to minimize (or restore down) the Microsoft Remote Desktop session. I really only need to potentially open apps from the host machine's taskbar on one of the 3 monitors (the bottom-right one). Is there any way to accomplish this via DisplayFusion?

I installed a lightweight utility on the host machine called DeskPins (which keeps windows of your choosing Always On Top) - this allowed me to keep the window in question on top of the full-screen RDP session (and also switch to other apps on the host computer's taskbar); however, as soon as I minimize or click out of the pinned window, I am no longer able to re-open it with the full-screen RDP open.
Jun 10, 2023 (modified Jun 10, 2023)  • #1
Owen Muhlethaler (BFS)'s profile on
You could use the "Ignore Full Screen Windows" Advanced setting in DisplayFusion so that it doesn't force the taskbar to the back, but that would affect all full screen apps not just RDP.

You could also set the "Apply Windows key combinations" option in the RDP settings to "On this computer", so pressing the Win key or Alt+Tab happens on the local machine.

Aside from that, I can't think of a way around this.
Jun 13, 2023  • #2
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