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ALT-TAB on the remote computer

Sajjan Janardhanan


I am having the classic Alt+TAB issue with my laptop that runs Windows-10

The ALT-TAB works on the local machine and not on the remote machine

The remote machine runs Windows-7 and has Office 2010 installed


I had learnt from my prior experience that this can be fixed with an update to the local computer's registry; steps listed below

  1. Open regedit on the client device to edit the registry
  2. Navigate to the key
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE\Citrix\ICAClient\Engine\Lockdown Profiles\All Regions\Lockdown\Virtual Channels\Keyboard\
  4. Open Key: TransparentKeyPassthrough
  5. Set the value to: Remote 


However, I could not find the following keywords in my registry, so didn't know where to make the update.

  • citirix
  • icaclient
  • transparentkeypassthrough


I even reinstalled the Citrix Receiver client from the Windows App Store, but that didn't help.


The support-info option in the client gave the following info -

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<Diagnostic version="1.0">
  <Receiver-Store version="">
      <Name>Citrix Receiver Store</Name>


I am so tired of having to use the mouse every time I have a need to switch windows in my remote machine.

Please comment if you have a fix.


PS: I have an older computer that also runs Windows-10, but I was able to get the ALT-TAB working with the registry update. However, not it in my new laptop for reasons described above.

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Hi sajjanj,


I thought we're in the same boat, I was searching for a solution, with the same outcome, coudn't find the path in regedit as well, then I found that, and it worked:


HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Citrix\ICA Client\Engine\Lockdown Profiles\All Regions\Lockdown\Virtual Channels\Keyboard



I hope it does the trick for you as well.




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I figured that there are multiple citrix products; I was facing the issue of not finding registry entries when I was using Citrix Workplace however when I installed Citrix Receiver I was able to find the registry entries and was also able to enable ALT + Tab with my Win 10 client laptop.

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