I am taking an online course that requires me to log in to a remote Windows server, and I am doing so using Remmina Remote Desktop Client. Once I am working on the remote server everything is fine, but if I switch to another application on my own computer, and switch back to Remmina, I can no longer type. The mouse still works to navigate the remote machine, and the keys work as shortcuts for some menu items, but I cannot type in any text areas. Control R seems to be bound to 'grab keyboard' on Remmina (I am not exactly sure what that means...), but pressing it does nothing. Every once in a while, and seemingly at random, I will regain the ability to type, but normally I have to quit Remmina and log in again. I am sure there is a simple solution to this, but I have not been able to find it so far.

I am using Remmina version, and Ubuntu 14.04. Thank you!

  • this is still an issue on Ubuntu 19.10; Remmina 1.4.3 git hash 688f5f75
    – caduceus
    May 4, 2020 at 9:23
  • I restarted Remmina, that solved it for me
    – Nathan
    Sep 20, 2021 at 6:29

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I had this pop up again after upgrade from xubuntu 18.04 to 20.04. I am attaching an image of myenter image description here setting from remmina-preferences-rdp that fixed it for me. I don't understand why but the 100% setting and unchecking use client keyboard mapping fixed it for me in 18.04 and 20.04

  • Slightly different issue. Multiple RDP sessions deep I was losing all keystrokes except spacebar, delete and enter keys. This fixed that too! :)
    – pedwards
    Jan 5, 2021 at 17:17

I had the same problem with remmina(verion 1.4.2), I fixed it sending a hello world. Remmina has an option in Tools/Keystrokes/Send hello world after that the keyboard works very well.

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