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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing Network
I'm not sure if it's well-known, but Screen Sharing in Snow Leopard now supports all keyboard commands, including Command-Tab, Command-Space, and Command-Option-Escape. In 10.5, these keystrokes were sent to the local machine; in 10.6, they go to the screen sharing session.

[robg adds: In 10.6, whether you're sharing the screen of a 10.5 or 10.6 Mac, basically all keystrokes are sent to the remote machine, including kyes for Exposé and Dashboard -- if you've programmed separate keys beyond the hardwired keys -- F9 for Exposé's All Windows mode, for instance, gets sent from my MBP to my Mac Pro, but F3 (the hardwired Exposé key) does not. To send the keys locally, you'll need to click on a visible window (or the Desktop) behind the Screen Sharing session.]
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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: diamondsw on Sep 09, '09 08:25:59AM

I can understand the rationale (it makes things very consistent), but it also makes it aggravatingly difficult to switch between a shared screen and something local. The only way out is to mouse to another window, which can be hard if the remote screen is covering most/all of the local screen. It's even worse if you need to keep the mouse at a particular location on the remote screen.



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: tofergregg on Oct 14, '09 06:11:28PM

I submitted a hint about this a couple of days ago, but I figured I'd post it here in case anyone stumbled across this thread. The "fix" I use to get back to my local mac via the keyboard (leaving the mouse in place on the remote system) is to click the power button on my Mac. This brings up the "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" menu, and puts the focus back on your local mac, with local-mac mouse access. I then simply move the mouse to where I want it, or I use cmd-Tab to get to another window. Then I close the shut-down menu and I'm all set.



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: NigelH on Sep 09, '09 08:56:35AM

I love this new feature, but I was using it yesterday, going from 10.5.8 machine to 10.6 machine, and it did something strange to the keyboard commands on the local machine. Any keyboard command using CMD stopped working. Anyone else see this?



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: sominsky on Sep 09, '09 09:32:08AM

This bugs me, I'm used to being able to Cmd-Tab out of Screen Sharing. Any way to turn it off? It's not in Preferences.



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: timcrawf on Sep 09, '09 09:45:44AM

First this also affects Apple Remote Desktop. Second, Typical of Apple (spoken by a Mac only user since 1984). Give us a new way to do things, with out the ability to make our own choice. I for one dislike the new way. There are many times that I have multiple remote screens open, Expose made it very easy to switch between them, now, move hand to mouse, find some scrap of screen to click, then Expose doesn't work the way I want it to because, I am no longer in ARD.

Apple, give us a preference!



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: micmoo on Sep 09, '09 02:24:38PM

That makes me extttttreamly happy!



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: Stezo on Sep 09, '09 10:38:28PM
What does seem to be broken in Screen Sharing is the ability to use Bonjour as in this hint - http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20071030092325625

Or is it just me?

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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: barefootguru on Sep 14, '09 01:20:17AM

I dislike this new behaviour—I liked having the remote session contained in its own window without 'stealing' meta-keys like command-tab.

But today command-tab and F12 are operating on my local session, even after a quit and relaunch of Screen Sharing. Something's fishy… I'll report back if I ever find out how to deliberately change this.



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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: lpb2h on Oct 23, '09 02:19:35AM

I also wish that they provided users with an option to choose between local and remote targets for these commands.

My preference for a default is definitely for the local host to consume and apply the command-tab commands. And changing default behaviour is rather risky.

However, I have found that occasionally command-tab does work on the local host. That is what is happening now for me with a SL client and leopard server. Yet this same server usually captures my command-tab keystrokes.

I don't know what the difference is. Maybe Apple has provided some way to switch modes and I accidentally trigger it sometimes.

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10.6: Use 'special' keys in screen sharing
Authored by: bluehook on Sep 20, '09 03:49:43AM

A weird one - I use Universal Access Sticky Meys to hold down modifiers and that does not seem to work when Screen Sharing from my MBP to my MP but does work the other way around.

Slightly off topic, I know, but still a screen sharing thing - I accidentaly created an infinite loop by screen sharing in both directions at the same time. Is that a bad thing to do in any way? It did stick both macs and the only way out was to sleep the MP from the button and then close screen sharing on the other.



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