Translating Keyboard Inputs

For international users connecting from one language zone to another, AnyDesk features translating the keyboard layout. Users in Poland using a polish keyboard layout can connect to a device in France which is using a french keyboard layout and work regardless of the different keyboard layouts. In most cases there is no need for user interaction with the keyboard setting. Only in some cases it is necessary to manually choose the keyboard translation mode.


This setting chooses 1:1 mode when keyboard layouts resemble. Translation mode is default for differing layouts. This setting detects changes in layout by the operating system. In case an input is not transmitted correctly, try a different mode.

1:1 mode

1:1 mode, maps all keys from the local to the remote keyboard based on their position. For example, the 'q' key on an english keyboard (qwerty) inserts the character 'a' if connected to a device with a french keyboard layout (azerty). This mode is not feasible for office work but useful for playing games which depend on the exact location of a key.

Auto-Translate Mode

For auto-translate mode, all keys are transmitted to the remote client as if the remote keyboard layout was active. This mode might cause issues with certain applications (e.g. video games), because these programs process the exact key position (scancode).

Keyboard Shortcuts

AnyDesk can be controlled using several key combinations (hotkeys). To invoke a command, hold the keys ctrl+alt+shift at the same time and then press one of the following keys:

Key Function
1..9 Select tab [number pressed]
Return or F11 Toggle fullscreen mode
C Open chat menu
S Toggle sound transmission
I Toggle input state (allow/disallow input)
P Save screenshot
M Show/hide mouse cursor
F2 View Mode - Default(1:1 Pixel)
F3 Select view mode "shrink"
F4 Select view mode "stretch"
Del Send SAS sequence (equals ctrl+alt+del on controlled device)

Frequent Example: to log on to a different user or enter the login screen on Windows server you can simply press CTRL+SHIFT+ALT+DEL to enter the GINA screen (Graphical identification and authentication).

Mouse Shortcuts

Double clicking a monitor tab switches to full screen mode.