You can configure Windows start menu shortcuts for entitled desktop and application pools. When an entitled user connects to a Connection Server, Horizon Client for Windows places these shortcuts in the Start menu on the user's Windows client device.

You can configure a Start menu shortcut when you create or modify a desktop pool or application pool. You must select a category folder, or the root (/) folder, during shortcut configuration. You can add and name your own category folders. For example, you might add a category folder named Office and select that folder for all work-related applications, such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft PowerPoint.

You can also configure a Start menu shortcut when you create or modify a global entitlement. For more information on global entitlements, see the Administering Cloud Pod Architecture in Horizon 7document.

On Windows 7 client devices, Horizon Client places category folders and shortcuts in the VMware Applications folder in the Start menu. If you select the root (/) folder for a shortcut, Horizon Client places the shortcut directly in the VMware Applications folder.

On Windows 8 and Windows 10 client devices, Horizon Client places category folders and shortcuts in the Apps list. If you select the root (/) folder for a shortcut, Horizon Client places the shortcut in the Desktop category in the Apps list.

After you create a shortcut, a check mark appears in the App Shortcut column for the desktop or application pool on the Desktop Pools or Application Pools page in Horizon Administrator.

By default, Horizon Client prompts entitled users to install shortcuts the first time they connect to a server. You can configure Horizon Client to install shortcuts automatically, or to never install shortcuts, by modifying the Automatically install shortcuts when configured on the Horizon server group policy setting. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Client for Windows Installation and Setup Guide document.

By default, changes that you make to shortcuts are synchronized on a user's client device each time the user connects to the server. Users can disable the shortcut synchronization feature in Horizon Client. For more information, see the VMware Horizon Client for Windows Installation and Setup Guide document.

This feature requires Horizon Client 4.6 for Windows or later.