How to Send a Start Menu Key for a Windows Remote Desktop

by Garrett Genet

Windows Remote Desktop lets you control a computer remotely over a network, as if you were physically interacting with it. However, the built-in keyboard shortcuts that provide a user with certain conveniences may not work if the settings for Remote Desktop are not properly configured. One of these shortcuts is that of opening the "Start" menu, which is bound to the "Windows" key (it has the Windows logo on it).


Open your "Start" menu and then click "Run." If you don't see it there, press and hold the "Windows" key on your keyboard, then press "R."


Type in "mstsc.exe" and press "Enter."


Select the "Local Resources" tab and click "On the remote computer" under the "Keyboard" heading.


Select the "General" tab and type in the address of the computer you wish to connect to in the "Computer:" field, then press "Enter."


Type in the login credentials to access the machine when the program prompts you.


Press the "Windows" key on your keyboard to bring up the "Start" menu. If this doesn't work, press and hold the "Alt" key, then press "Home" on your keyboard.

About the Author

Hailing from upstate New York, Garrett Genet has been writing articles from tech to health to entertainment since 2001. He's been published in the "Worcester Telegram & Gazette" and websites like "" and "". Genet has a degree in network security & system administration from the Rochester Institute of Technology.