Running in full screen mode will allow you using the same keyboard shortcuts as you usually use. ALT+TAB will shift between applications on the remote computer. START+D will show the desktop of the remote computer etc.
Which is great, but that means that the shortcuts won't work between our local computer and the remote one. We can always use a mouse, but programmers generally prefer keyboard shortcuts. So, how do we set so that the shortcuts work even when we are on RDC?
For our normal shortcuts to work, RDC must be just another application. So it needs to be in non-full-screen mode. To change back and forth between full-screen and window RDC, use CTRL+ALT+PAUSE or CTRL+ALT+BREAK. When the RDC is in window mode, the ALT+TAB wills shift between the RDC window and our local window applications.
When in window mode, there are some shortcuts that can help us navigate the remote desktop smoother. Here are some common ones.
switches between applications from left to right (on the remote desktop);
equivalent to ALT+TAB in normal shortcuts.
switches between applications from right to left (on the remote desktop);
equivalent to ALT+SHIFT+TAB.
displays the start menu;
equivalent to START key.
brings up the Window Security dialog box;
equivalent to CTRL+ALT+DEL.
switches the RDC between full screen mode and window mode
To restart/shutdown a remote computer:
1. Bring up the command windows (Start -> Run -> type "cmd")
2. Type "shutdown -r" to restart or "shutdown -s" to shutdown.
Note: Typing "shutdown" will give you an information about different options you have. It won't shutdown the remote computer yet.