I have Anydesk installed on both my Windows 10 desktop and Linux Mint laptop. Whenever I connect to Linux from Windows, the Windows key is transmitted perfectly. Whenever I connect from Linux, the super key is never transmitted, instead it opens start menu in Linux. Is it a bug or a feature? Is there a way to transmit the super key? It makes impossible to control anything effectively from Linux. The Transmit hotkeys option is turned on, of course.

I am using Linux Mint 19.3 Tricia 64-bit with Cinnamon 4.4.5.

  • Which desktop manager are you using in Mint? Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 12:27
  • @roaima I am not sure what a desktop manager is (complete newbie in LInux), but if I get it right - the default one.
    – ymdred16
    Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 12:31
  • It is probably the desktop manager grabbing it. You can normally configure this. The desktop manager will be something like Kde-plasma, Gnome, Cinnamon (the default in Mint). Commented Dec 23, 2019 at 13:27
  • @ctrl-alt-delor Thanks, you pointed me in a right direction. I remapped menu to Super + Tab and Anydesk works fine for now. Weird behavior from Anydesk that super key causes linux menu to open. I tried using Realvnc and it transmits super key perfectly with the default settings (although it is sooo slow). If you care enough to post an answer to this question, I will accept it :)
    – ymdred16
    Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 17:31
  • Why not write up your own answer? (It is allowed) You won't get any points for being accepted. But send me a comment. If you do good job, then I will up-vote it. Commented Dec 27, 2019 at 17:46

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Change the menu hotkey

It seems like when menu keyboard shortcut is set to SuperL, Cinnamon always catches the Super key before it gets to Anydesk. Changing the menu shortcut to something else allows to bypass this misbehavior (or a feature?) of Anydesk. I switched to SuperL+Tab and Anydesk even transmits this combination to my Windows remote desktop.

Right click on menu icon > Configure > Panel tab> Behavior section > Keyboard shortcut

If you are looking for a solution without changing the menu hotkey, you can try RealVNC. It has a free license for a single user with up to 5 devices. However, it is much slower and more laggy than Anydesk.

I will look for other possible solutions and update the answer in case I find any.

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