Local computer behaves as if the Windows logo key is pressed after you switch from a Remote Desktop session

Applies to: Windows 10, version 2004, all editionsWindows Server, version 2004, all editionsWindows 10, version 1909, all editions


After you start a Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) session to a remote computer, your local computer behaves as if you are always pressing and holding the Windows logo key. For example, when you press R, the Run box opens. When you press E, File Explorer starts.


This issue occurs if you use particular settings for your Remote Desktop connection and you take the following steps:

  1. Before you connect to the remote computer, open the Local Resources tab of the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, and set Apply Windows key combinations to either On the remote computer or Only when using the full screen.
    Setting the Apply Windows key combinations option on the Local Resources tab of the Remote Desktop connection dialog box
  2. To start the Remote Desktop session, select Connect.
  3. If you selected Only when using the full screen in step 1, expand the Remote Desktop session window to full screen. If you selected On the remote computer, go to step 4.
  4. Do the following key sequence:
    1. Press and hold the L key.
    2. Press and hold the Windows logo key.
    3. Release the L key.
    4. Release the Windows logo key.
  5. Disconnect the Remote Desktop session, or switch from the Remote Desktop session window to a window on the local computer.


To work around this issue, press and release the Windows logo key again after you return to the local computer.