Stop responding to cmd + W in a Remote Desktop session

Stop responding to cmd + W in a Remote Desktop session



 Jul 28 2023
3 Comments (3 New)

As a MacOS user, I'm used to use this hot key to close a browser tab, but by default this key combination stops current Remote Desktop session immediately. 

As a result, trying to close a browser tab inadvertently kills my current session and I have to log in again.

Can we please stop responding to this key combination? 

Copper Contributor

Please for the love of god!!! I keep doing this, drives me MAD. Why not provide the option to just swap command for ctrl entirely?

Copper Contributor


Why was this even implemented? It seems to be the one and only super common key combo that's overridden for a host-level function. It makes sense for - e.g. a browser tab, which I open & close often, but who's got 10 different RDP connections open at once & is constantly needed to close & open new ones? Why was a keyboard shortcut needed here at all?

Copper Contributor

I found a hack to do this — I configured cmd-W to Edit > Copy instead of Close Window, but only in Remote Desktop — with a custom keyboard shortcut as described here:


You could assign it to something other than Copy, but that seemed pretty benign to me.