Keyboard Input in XenDesktop Sessions

Updated: 2012-07-25

Note the following about how keyboard combinations are processed in XenDesktop sessions:

Hotkey sequences are key combinations designed by Citrix. For example, the CTRL+F1 sequence reproduces CTRL+ALT+DELETE, and SHIFT+F2 switches applications between full-screen and windowed mode. You cannot use hotkey sequences with virtual desktops displayed in the Desktop Viewer (that is, with XenDesktop sessions), but you can use them with published applications (that is, with XenApp sessions).

The table shows the remoting behavior of other Windows key combinations. The behavior depends on whether a Desktop Viewer or a Desktop Lock session is used, and is controlled by the Local resources setting, available from the Session Options task on the XenDesktop site. XenApp settings are also shown for reference. For more information on configuring this setting, see the Web Interface documentation.

With Local resources set to

Desktop Viewer sessions have this behavior

Desktop Lock sessions have this behavior

XenApp (or disabled Desktop Viewer) sessions have this behavior

Full screen desktops only

Key combinations are sent to the remote, virtual desktop only if the Desktop Viewer window has focus and is maximized (full-screen).

Key combinations are always sent to the remote, virtual desktop.

Key combinations are sent to the remote XenApp server if the session is maximized (full-screen).

Remote desktop

Key combinations are sent to the remote, virtual desktop only if the Desktop Viewer window has focus.

Key combinations are always sent to the remote, virtual desktop.

Key combinations are sent to the remote XenApp server if the session or application has focus.

Local desktop

Key combinations are always kept on the local user device.

Key combinations are always kept on the local user device.

Citrix does not recommend setting Local resources to Local desktop if the Desktop Lock is used.

Key combinations are always kept on the local user device.

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