In this blog post, I am going to share with you how to get the missing keyboard keys that let you work in MS Windows via the remote desktop client under Mac OS X with the MacBook’s keyboard.
What is important to know is that when using a MacBook’s keyboard, you don’t have all the keys that you usually have on a PC keyboard.
Essentially, you are missing the following keys:
- HOME / END.
- DEL key. This is different from the MacBook’s “Delete” key (which is equivalent to the “Backspace” key).
- INS Key.
- Page Up / Page Down.
- The “Windows” key.
Make sure you use the RDP Client to remote into the Windows Machine in order for the keyboard shortcuts that will be explained shortly to work:
The following table will tell you what keys combination you can use on a MacBook keyboard to get the same behavior as if you were using a regular PC keyboard:
|PC keyboard hotkey||Mac keyboard equivalent||Description|
|Win key||Command||Pressing the “Command” key will act like the “Win” key and it will trigger the Windows start menu.
Now you can press for instance: Command+R to trigger the Windows Run dialog, etc…
|Home / End||Fn + Left or Right arrow keys||Pressing the Fn key with the left / right arrow keys will emulate the HOME and END keys on a full PC keyboard.|
|Ctrl + Home / End||Control + Fn + Left or Right arrow keys||Pressing Ctrl+Home or Ctrl+End will take you to the top or the bottom of a document or file. This is useful in text editors.|
|Page Up / Page Down||Fn + Up or Down arrow keys||PageUp or PageDown keys let you scroll one page up or down in a document. The “Fn + Up/Down” equivalent on the Mac keyboard lets you do the same.|
|Delete key||Fn + Delete||In the Mac keyboard, there is only the “delete” key which is the equivalent of the BackSpace key on a PC keyboard. The “Delete” key on a PC keyboard lets you delete the character in front of the cursor. To achieve that using a MacBook keyboard inside a Remote Desktop session, press Fn+Delete|
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