I'm using the tightvnc vncviewer to connect to a Windows10 server from my Linux machine running Ubuntu. Now I wish had the option to switch between aplications on the Windows machine using alt-tab over vnc. I've found a plethora of articles describing this on the web but they all seem to refer to the vncviewer that's running on Windows and I did not find any info for the Linux version of it. Can anyone help?

I also started a separate thread in the group: comp.os.linux.networking (subject "can vncviewer forward alt key to server for application switch?") - - I will make sure that answers are synchronized between the two separate threads!

  • Is tightvnc a hard requirement? This works out of the box with tigervnc's vncviewer (while in full-screen mode).
    – Hermann
    Commented Sep 22, 2019 at 21:44
  • @Hermann no, I'm just using tightnc because that comes with Ubuntu. I'll give it a try with tigervnc. Thanks! You may want to move this to an answer that I'll happily accept if it works for me, otherwise I'll report back!
    – stdcerr
    Commented Sep 22, 2019 at 23:24
  • This did workj, yes! I downloaded the sources from github, compiled, installed and started the new vncviewer binary and taskj switching with ALT-TAB works just fine now! Excellent, exactly hat I was looking for! Thank you Herman oder vielleicht Dankeschön! (Thank you in German - just a guess!)
    – stdcerr
    Commented Sep 23, 2019 at 1:43

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This works out of the box with tigervnc's vncviewer (while in full-screen mode).

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