I have the Citrix ICA/receiver client installed on on both my windows an Linux workstations. On my Windows workstation I can use common keyboard shortcuts like CTRL-A, CTRL-C, CTRL-Z etc. On the Linux workstation no CTRL shortcuts work, but ALT shortcuts for menus do. How do I get CTRL to work in the Linux receiver?

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OK, this is solved. It turns out to be an issue with the Gnome mouse settings (System->Preferences->Mouse). If you have selected "Show position of pointer when the Control key is pressed" then it won't pass Ctrl key presses to Citrix. This doesn't affect any of my other applications, including RDP clients, so I'm not sure why this is an issue for Citrix

  • Thanks for the info! I've been pulling my hair out trying to do the simplest tasks on my servers at work, now I'm back in business.I've run into issues with "show the pointer" before and now I recall why I always leave it disabled. Apr 20, 2013 at 17:08
  • Doesn't work for me unfortunately. I'm using Ubuntu 13.10 and the latest version of the Citrix Receiver application. (USB-Keyboard / German Layout) Feb 17, 2014 at 18:37

Not sure what happens in your case, because I also use Citrix on Linux and all Ctrl keys work. One thing I know is that Ctrl-F2 sends the next key-stroke to the Linux host. So for instance if you use Gnome, you can minimize the Citrix window by typing Ctrl-F2 followed by Alt-F9 (which is the shortcut for minimizing windows in Linux).

  • Thank you for your response. Somehow that triggered in my mind to to check the mouse settings. See my answer for details. Apr 8, 2010 at 18:02

I have similar problem with Citrix ICA Client under Ubuntu 12.04 and Win7 as a remote system. But Mark's workaround didn't help to me.

I've solved this by changing ~/.ICAClient/wfclient.ini


;KeyboardLayout = (User Profile)


KeyboardLayout = US-International

I suppose that ICA client inadequately choose system keyboard layout, because I have bilingual system locale (EN+RU).

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    Combined with this answer, this allowed me to send Ctrl+Alt+Delete as well
    – dwurf
    Apr 3, 2014 at 1:23

I get into this condition from time to time, this is likely triggered by something I type that I don't know exactly what it is.

When I get into this condition, a "shift + scape" usually fixes the problem.

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