ALT-GR doesn't work all the times


Kim Noer

Hi there..

Both the client and the server have the same keyboard 'layout' and regional
settings are the same. But alas, for some strange reason ALT-GR is turned
into a CTRL. That means when I try to do a \ with ALT-GR it writes ^\
instead, and blocks the keyboard until I do a CTRL. This does not happen on
all TS servers, and isn't at all consistent, it even seems to pop-up
suddenly, and dissapear again with notice.

It makes me nuts. What can I do to track this, and what options do I have
(CTRL-ALT+\ isn't an option, I can't get used to it)?
Sep 26, 2005
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I have the same problem ...


I have the same problem ...
Alt Gr in an RDP session on a thin client gives the same problem.
I am working with a Windows 2003 server and HP t5710 thin clients.
The thin clients have XPe and when typing in XPe there aren't any problems.
The Alt-Gr problem only seems to appear in the RDP sessions.
My experience is also that when typing john@doe (@ is a combination of Alt-Gr and 2)
the session does not accept the @ but when backspacing the n the @ is sometimes accepted.
Are you also using Belgian keyboards ?
It seems to me that this is some kind of MS problem because it is only in RDP session and
not when typing in the IE of XPe for example.
But I can't seem to find anything in MS knowledge base to resolve this.
If there are more people with this problem ; help is greatly appreciated ...
Nov 25, 2011
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You can fix it like that:

To work around this problem, use one of the following methods:
  • Use the CTRL + ALT keyboard shortcut instead of the ALT GR key to type extended characters in the Terminal Services session.
  • Configure Windows to stop applying keyboard shortcuts to Terminal Services sessions. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type mstsc.exe, and then click OK.
    2. In the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, click Options, and then click the Local resources tab.
    3. In the Apply Windows key combinations list, click On the local computer.
    4. On the General tab, click Save As, type a name in the File name box, and then click Save.

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