If you read my prior post about my troubles with Ubuntu during my first week you will know I have been having troubles with my shift key in the Citrix Client. 90% of my development time is spent in the citrix client so getting this resolved was a deal breaker. Fortunately, today, I found a fix!

The Citrix Support Website had a posting on SHIFT Key Fails Using RDP in a Java Client Session however it says it only applies from a windows environment. Fortunately for me they are wrong because this fix also takes care of the problem from my Linux environment. Sweet!

In case the solution ever gets taken down here is the basic gist:

1. Launch your Remote Desktop Client.
2. When you get to the point where you are supposed to pick a computer to connect to hit the “advanced options” button
3. On the advanced options dialog select the “Local Resources” tab
4. On the local resources tab under Keyboard > Apply Windows key combinations, select On the local computer.

That’s it. Now you won’t be able to alt-tab inside the remote computer BUT you will be able to use the shift key, and frankly, I think shift is far more important than alt-tab.



Thanks for the fix. I have this issue with Dell Workstation, and it is SUCH A PAIN IN THE ASS.

Actually, just because of this issue, i was thinking of going back to Windoz Vista crap!.

You saved me from jumping into a pile of shit!

I will go home today and try!!


wow THANK you. i have been so annoyed when having to do remote in from home on my linux box. but with this fix, it’s so much easier now. i KNEW i wasn’t the only one having this issue. thanks again!


Nice find, this was such a pain in the ass to deal with. Thanks