I've just installed Ubuntu 14.10 and I copied over my .remmina folder from my old 14.04 install and all my connections are there however when I connect to remote windows computer through rdp which is displayed fullscreen (which I want) I don't get the grey toolbar when I move the mouse to the top of the screen. Using the keyboard shortcut F4 to disconnect does not disconnect the session so the only way I can get out if it is to kill it through the system monitor.

Any ideas how to resolve this as it is extremely frustrating?

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To exit full screen mode in Remmina, press the right hand side Ctrl key and f together.

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    Confusingly enough for me it only worked with the ctrl key on the right side of the keyboard. Jul 8, 2015 at 14:18
  • I believe that the host key assignment determines which control key is used to activate the keyboard shortcuts. My host key was Control_R and changed it to Control_L and toggling full screen works again but then using left ctrl + c no longer works on the remote machine as this has been taken over as the host assignment key. It's a win/lose situation I guess. Feb 16, 2016 at 11:37
  • It is easy to change it to the left-hand Ctrl key - see my answer below.
    – SDsolar
    Jan 16, 2018 at 19:21

It's a bug, see https://github.com/FreeRDP/Remmina/wiki/Remmina-Usage-FAQ point 3

It's apparently fixed but not in the version that ships with yakkety.

As a workaround you can use HostKey+F (HostKey can be set in Edit > Settings > Keyboard and by default is set to the right Ctrl key). HostKey+F toggles the Fullscreen Mode and you can go back to your normal Desktop if the remmina-window is not in fullscreen.


Ok I can disconnect by using CTRL_R + F4 however I cannot get T for show/hide toolbar to work no matter what I key combo I use with it.

I've renamed the .remmina folder and and restarted remmina and recreated one of my connections and I get the same issue so I guess it's a bug (as they still have the reference to the toolbar in shortcuts so doesn't look like they've removed it).


You are correct, even the 1.2 release of Remmina doesn't properly show the tabs or exit in Ubuntu.

I found that if I use the Right Ctrl+ I can switch between remote sessions, and that in a Windows Server 2012 session I can bring up the menu to power off and a small menu pops up labeled 'disconnect.' Only in that way was I able to shut down the session.


I'm running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with remmina.

You can always use Alt + Tab to get back to your desktop and to the remmina control screen. Just like with Windows.

When you get to the control screen you can use Edit -> Preferences -> Keyboard.

The top option is the "Host key"

Click on the box that says "Control_R" and then it will prompt you to press another key.

In my case, my mini-keyboard does not have a Right-hand Ctrl key, so I press the Left one.

It then displays "Control_L" and I click on "Close" then click on the maximized window which is underneath.

You can also use Alt + Tab to get back to the full-screen session.

Voila, the left-hand Ctrl + f works to un-maximize it and bring back the toolbars on top.

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