You can quickly navigate to a remote desktop application or file from a Unity Touch sidebar. From this sidebar, you can open files and applications, switch between running applications, and minimize, maximize, restore, or close windows and applications in a remote desktop.

If the Unity Touch feature is enabled, the sidebar appears on the left side of the screen when you first access a remote desktop.

Figure 1. Unity Touch Sidebar for a Remote Desktop on a Mobile Device
A screen shot of the Unity Touch sidebar on an Android device.
Figure 2. Unity Touch Sidebar for a Remote Desktop on a Thin Client
A screenshot of the Unity Touch sidebar.

If you access a desktop that has Unity Touch enabled but the sidebar is not displayed, you can see a tab on the left side of the screen. Besides swiping this tab to the right to open the sidebar, you can slide the tab up or down.

From this sidebar, you can perform many actions on a file or application.

Table 1. Unity Touch Sidebar Actions for a Remote Desktop

Action

Procedure

Show or hide the onscreen keyboard

(Thin client only) Select the Keyboard icon.

Change the Horizon Client settings

(Thin client only) Select the Settings icon.

Disconnect from the desktop

(Thin client only) Select the Disconnect icon.

Show the sidebar

Swipe the tab to the right. When the sidebar is open, you cannot perform actions on the desktop screen or the Horizon Client Tools radial menu.

Hide the sidebar

Swipe the tab to the left to close the sidebar. When the sidebar is open, you cannot perform actions on the desktop screen or the Horizon Client Tools radial menu.

Navigate to an application

Tap All Programs and navigate to the application just as you would from the Windows Start menu.

Navigate to a file

Tap My Files to access the User folder, and navigate to the file. My Files includes folders such as My Pictures, My Documents, and Downloads.

My Files includes the folders in the user profile (%USERPROFILE% directory). If you relocate the system folder in the %USERPROFILE% directory, the My Files menu can also display content from the relocated folder, whether it is a local relocated folder or a network share folder.

Search for an application or file

  • Tap in the Search box and type the name of the application or file.

  • To use voice dictation, tap the microphone on the keyboard.

  • To launch an application or file, tap the name of the application or file in the search results.

  • To return to the home view of the sidebar, tap the X to close the Search box.

Open an application or file

Tap the name of the file or application in the sidebar. The application starts and the sidebar closes.

Switch between running applications or open windows

Tap the application name under Running Applications. If more than one file is open for one application, tap the chevron (>) next to the application to expand the list.

Minimize a running application or window

Touch and hold the application name under Running Applications until the context menu appears. Tap Minimize.

Maximize a running application or window

Touch and hold the application name under Running Applications until the context menu appears. Tap Maximize.

Close a running application or window

Touch and hold the application name under Running Applications until the context menu appears. Tap Close.

Restore a running application or window to its previous size and position

Touch and hold the application name under Running Applications until the context menu appears. Tap Restore.

Create a list of favorite applications or files

  1. Search for the application or file, or tap Manage under the Favorite Applications or Favorite Documents list.

    If the Manage bar is not visible, tap the chevron (>) next to Favorite Applications or Favorite Files.

  2. Tap the check box next to the names of your favorites in the search results or in the list of available applications or files.

    The favorite that you add last appears at the top of your favorites list.

Your favorites are remembered across all of your mobile devices so that, for example, you have the same list whether using your smart phone or your tablet.

Remove an application or file from the favorites list

  1. Search for the application or file, or tap Manage under the Favorite Applications or Favorite Dcuments list.

    If the Manage bar is not visible, tap the chevron (>) next to Favorite Applications or Favorite Documents.

  2. Tap to remove the check mark next to the name of the application or file in the favorites list.

Reorder an application or file in the favorites list

  1. Tap Manage under the Favorite Applications or Favorite Documents list.

    If the Manage bar is not visible, tap the chevron (>) next to Favorite Applications or Favorite Documents.

  2. In the favorites list, touch and hold the handle on the left side of the application or file name and drag the favorite up or down the list.

Note:

To use the Unity Touch feature with View 5.3.x desktops, the Remote Experience Agent must be installed on the desktops. If you have the Remote Experience Agent installed but want to turn off this feature, you can set a registry value on the remote desktop.

If users have a floating desktop, users’ favorite applications and files can be saved only if Windows roaming user profiles are configured for the desktop. Administrators can create a default Favorite Applications list that end users see the first time the sidebar appears.

For Connection Server 5.3.x servers, see the View Feature Pack Installation and Administration document. For Connection Server 6.0 and later servers, see the Setting Up Desktop and Application Pools in View document.