I am using Microsoft Remote Desktop app to connect to a Windows machine from my mac. When I start the app it goes in full screen (I don't see any of the Mac controls). I was used to switching back from the app to the Mac desktop by using CMD-Tab but for some reason this stopped working. When I press CMD-Tab I'm getting a task bar of the Mac applications that are running but when I try press on an icon nothing happens - I am still stuck with the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. How can I get back to from that app to the Mac controls?

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Microsoft Remote Desktop automatically opens on another desktop space. You can quickly change between your remote session and the Mac desktop by pressing control + left arrow, and vise versa for going back to Windows.

You can also press control + up arrow to see all spaces at the top of the screen.

  • control+arrows saved me from having to ask a similar question. It seems like this shortcut is really hard to find (it's not mentioned in the preferences for Screen Sharing, for example). Thanks! Commented Aug 21, 2019 at 19:03

Try invoking show desktops F3

I have that programmed on one my mouse buttons. No matter where I am, I can get to wherever I want with a simple mouse click.

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