After you connect to a remote desktop or published application, you can use the sidebar to start other remote desktops and published applications, switch between running remote desktops and published applications, and perform other actions.

The sidebar appears on the left side of the remote desktop or published application window. To show or hide the sidebar, click the sidebar tab. You can also slide the tab up and down.

To see the list of the documents opened by a running published application, click the expander arrow next to the published application in the Running list.

Note:

If you have two documents open from the same, but separate, published applications hosted on two different servers, the published application appears twice in the Running list in the sidebar.

You can perform many actions from the sidebar.

Table 1. Sidebar Actions

Action

Procedure

Show the sidebar

When a published application or remote desktop is open, click the sidebar tab. When the sidebar is open, you can still perform actions in the published application or remote desktop window.

Hide the sidebar

Click the sidebar tab.

Start a published application or remote desktop

Click the name of a published application or remote desktop in the Available list in the sidebar. Remote desktops are listed first.

Search for a published application or remote desktop

  • Click in the Search box and begin typing the name of the published application or remote desktop.

  • To start a published application or remote desktop, click its name in the search results.

  • To return to the home view of the sidebar, tap the X in the search box.

Create a list of favorite published applications and remote desktops

Click the gray star next to the name of the remote desktop or published application in the Available list in the sidebar. You can then click the Show Favorites toolbar button (star icon) next to Available to show a list of only favorites.

Switch between published applications or remote desktops

Click the published application or remote desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar.

Close a running remote desktop

Click the Open Menu button next to the remote desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar and select an action.

  • Select Close to disconnect from the remote desktop without logging off from its operating system. A Horizon administrator can configure a remote desktop to log off automatically when disconnected. In that case, unsaved changes in open applications are lost.

  • Select Log off to log off from the operating system and disconnect from the remote desktop. Any unsaved changes in open applications are lost.

Close a running published application

Click the X next to the file name under the published application name in the Running list in the sidebar. Click the X next to the published application name to quit the published application and close all open files for that published application.

You are prompted to save changes made to the files.

Reset a remote desktop

Click the Open Menu button next to the remote desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar and select Reset. Any files that are open on the remote desktop are closed without being saved first. You can reset a remote desktop only if a Horizon administrator has enabled this feature.

Restart a remote desktop

Click the Open Menu button next to the remote desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar and select Restart. The remote desktop operating system usually prompts you to save any unsaved data before it restarts. You can restart a remote desktop only if a Horizon administrator has enabled this feature.

Reset all running published applications

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and click Reset all your running applications. All unsaved changes are lost.

Use key combinations that include the Windows key

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and turn on Enable Windows Key for Desktops. For more information, see Shortcut Key Combinations.

Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to current work area

Click the Send Ctrl+Alt+Del toolbar button at the top of the sidebar.

Disconnect from a server

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar and click Log out.

Allow H.264 decoding

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and turn on Allow H.264 decoding. For more information, see Allowing H.264 Decoding.

Use multiple monitors

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, select Settings, and turn on Use Multi Monitors if there are two monitors. For more information, see Using Multiple Monitors.

Show help topics

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and click Help. You can also click the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar and click Help.

Show the About VMware Horizon Client dialog box

Click the Open Menu toolbar button or the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar and click About. You can also click the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar.