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I run a VNC client (tightvnc) along with other applications on a Windows machine. Inside my VNC session, I typically have several xterms and gvim windows open. How can I switch between the applications within VNC? If I do ALT-TAB, that results in switching between the applications in Windows where the whole VNC is considered as a single application; I do not want that. Is there some way to configure some key bindings, any two/three keystroke is okay for me, to do the job?

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This question might belong on SuperUser, this is really about keybindings in tightvnc on windows... im not going to vote for close however, rather let the community decide on this one. –  NixNinja Nov 14 '10 at 7:00
    
@Stefan Voting to close is letting the community decide; you're part of the community :). I guess it depends if the solution is Windows-side or not; I don't know either though –  Michael Mrozek Nov 14 '10 at 7:41
    
I meant, rather let other people in the community decide.. :P –  NixNinja Nov 14 '10 at 7:47
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You should be able to modify the keyboard shortcut assigned to switching windows on the VNC server side desktop. You didn't specify what desktop environment you are using but on my computer (Ubuntu 10.10 with Gnome) this is the Keyboard Shortcuts control panel from the System menu (System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts).

System : Preferences Menu with Keyboard Shortcuts highlighted

The Alt-Tab function is near the bottom (under "Window Management", labelled "Move between windows, using a popup window"). Change it from Alt-Tab to something that isn't a shortcut on either your Windows computer or the apps you're using on the VNC server side.

Keyboard shortcuts control panel

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Try Remmina! See there: http://www.brianodonovan.ie/2012/02/remmina-is-best-linux-application-for.html

The AltTab is an example of a key combination which could be interpreted by your local operating system or by the remote operating system.

As you say, AltTab will by default switch focus from Remmina to another local application on your laptop. If you want to use AltTab to switch between applications on your remote Windows system then you need to select the option "grab all keyboard events" (there is an icon at the top of the Remmina screen to enable/disable this).

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This probably does belong on SuperUser, but, here's a solution.

I use the vnc viewer from TightVNC (so, this might not work on all vnc viewers). On the tool bar at the top of the vnc viewer window there is an ALT modifier button. Click that (it should remain pressed). Then, just press tab. Once you've got the window you want, click the alt button again to un-press it.

Alt-toolbar-button

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