By default, rdesktop grabs keyboard, so that key combinations such as Alt+Tab or Alt+F4 act inside the rdesktop window. This can be overridden with the -K option

rdesktop -K myserver.mydomain.com

Is there any way to chage this during an existing session? I always connect using the -K option, but sometimes I would like to switch so that rdesktop grabs my keyboard.

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Press CTL+ALT+ENTER to leave full-screen mode. Then you can select a host window from the task bar, or minimize the rdesktop window. As long as the rdesktop window doesn't have focus, it won't capture keyboard events.

Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to simply release the keyboard, the same way right-ctrl would in Remmina or VirtualBox.

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