Shut down or Restart Windows 8 from Remote Desktop

Here is how you can quickly and easily Shut down or Restart a Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 computer. This works when logged in locally and when logged in via Remote Desktop.

  1. Navigate to the desktop.  Note: When logged in locally, pressing the Windows key will quickly toggle between the desktop and the start screen. When logged in via Remote Desktop, you will need to press Alt + Home to toggle.
  2. Press Alt + F4. This will present the Shut Down Windows dialog allowing you to Switch user, Sign out, Sleep, Shut down, or Restart the computer.
    Mac users: For those of you remoting in from a Mac, the keys are:  fn + Control + Command + F4

Below are examples of the Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in locally and when logged in via Remote Desktop.

Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in locally

Shut Down Windows dialog when logged in via Remote Desktop

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Remote Desktop keyboard shortcuts for Windows 8

The following table contains keyboard shortcuts for working with Remote Desktop Connection on Windows 8. I have placed this list here primarily for myself, but it may be helpful to other developers using Remote Desktop and/or Hyper-V when developing software.

Press this key To do this
Alt+Page Up Move between apps from left to right
Alt+Page Down Move between apps from right to left
Alt+Insert Cycle through apps in the order that they were started
Alt+Home Display the Start screen
Ctrl+Alt+Break Switch between a window and full screen
Ctrl+Alt+End Display the Windows Security dialog box
Ctrl+Alt+Home In full-screen mode, activate the connection bar
Alt+Delete Display the system menu
Ctrl+Alt+minus (-) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+Print Screen on a local PC)
Ctrl+Alt+plus (+) on the numeric keypad Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Print Screen on a local PC)
Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.
Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow “Tab” out of the Remote Desktop controls to a control in the host app (for example, a button or a text box). Useful when the Remote Desktop controls are embedded in another (host) app.

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Remote Desktop Keyboard Shortcuts

I use Remote Desktop fairly often, but not near as often as Virtual PC.  For that reason, I can never seem to remember the keyboard shortcuts for Remote Desktop.
 
Remote Desktop Shortcut Description
CTRL+ALT+END Displays Task Manager (Equivalent to CTRL+ALT+DEL)
ALT+PAGE UP Switch between programs from left to right
ALT+PAGE DOWN Switch between programs from right to left
ALT+INSERT Cycle through the programs in most recently used order
ALT+HOME Display the Start menu. When you are in full screen mode, the Windows button works too.
CTRL+ALT+BREAK Switch the client computer between a window and a full screen. (Hint: The Break button is to the right of the function Keys and is shared by the Pause key)
CTRL + ALT + MINUS (–) Places a snapshot of the active window in the Remote Desktop session on the clipboard. Basically a print screen that gets transferred. (Equivalent to ALT+PRINT SCREEN)
CTRL + ALT + PLUS (+) Places a snapshot of the entire Remote Desktop session window on the clipboard. (Equivalent to PRINT SCREEN)
ALT+HOME Displays the Start menu. Only works when not in Full Screen mode.