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marc218 10-01-2003 03:28 AM

Switching back to the Mandrake 9.1 desktop from terminal rdesktop terminal session

I'm a Newbie to Linux ( currently running Mandrake 9.1 ) and have found answers to most of my questions from this site but after some thorough searches I have a question to post

I am using Rdesktop ( with the tsclient GUI ) to connect to a W2k SERVER and would like to how I can switch back or minimise the terminal server session when viewing it in full screen ?

I know if you logoff the Terminal service's session it takes you back to the Mandrake 9.1 desktop but I would like to know if anyone knows how to minimize the Terminal services screen so I can switch between Terminal Service's and the Mandrake desktop ?


sidey 10-07-2003 08:32 AM

i have never used rdesktop, but you can still alt + tab in linux, that is if you have a specified app you want to use, or even ctrl + esc (well that works for me) alternativley you can alt + f* where * = 1 to 4 to use the other desktops

malakai007 01-17-2007 07:51 AM

One way round
Hi Marc218

Like you Im a newbie to this forum, so please bear with me if I dont handle this post correctly.

Onw way around your problem is to use the "-g" option to specify the geometry of your screen ( these are stipulated in pixels ). So you find out your screen resolution, then when you run up rdesktop use the -g to launch it at maximum screen resolution. You then can inconise the entire window taking you back to Linux. For example, I used the following rdesktop -g

1900x1400 -u <username>

I have a sony VAIO laptop with resolution 1900 by 1400

Now you can iconise it using the "_" on the top right hand corner of the new window screen taking you back to Linux.

Hope this helps.



malakai007 01-17-2007 07:53 AM

Sorry minor error in my last post. The command line again should have a -g which I missed out. Here is the command again:

rdesktop -g 1900x1400 -u malakai <hostname>

gcmartin 01-18-2007 04:16 PM

Please understand that I mean no malice
No one has answered the question that is currently posted by the originator. I don't have the answer either as I am curretnly looking to find where I saw the correct hotkey, last fall.

There is a hotkey that will take a user from his "fullscreen" Microsoft session via RDESKTOP back to his desktop.

I just don't happen to recall what it was and I'm looking (I know it works because I used it).

gschaden 02-02-2007 10:58 AM

You can press Ctrl-Alt + Return to switch between fullscreen and window mode.

gcmartin 02-08-2007 03:45 PM

Please understand that I mean no malice
The last reply by "gschaden" has given the solution to this dilemma. Thanks gschaden for your help!!!

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