By default, you can copy and paste text from your client system to a remote desktop or application. If your administrator enables the feature, you can also copy and paste text from a remote desktop or application to your client system or between two remote desktops or applications. Some restrictions apply.

If you use the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol, your View administrator can set this feature so that copy and paste operations are allowed only from your client system to a remote desktop, or only from a remote desktop to your client system, or both, or neither. If you are using a Horizon 6.0 with View remote application, the same rules apply.

Administrators configure the ability to copy and paste by using group policy objects (GPOs) that pertain to the agent in remote desktops or applications. In Horizon 7.0 and later, administrators can also use Smart Policies to control copy and paste behavior in remote desktops. For more information, see the Setting Up Desktop and Application Pools in View document. GPO information is in the topic about View PCoIP general session variables, which includes the setting called Configure clipboard redirection. For Smart Policies information, see the topic about Horizon Policy settings, which includes the setting Clipboard.

Supported file formats include text, images, and RTF (Rich Text Format). The clipboard can accommodate 1MB of data for copy and paste operations. If you are copying formatted text, some of the data is text and some of the data is formatting information. For example, an 800KB document might use more than 1MB of data when it is copied because more than 200KB of RTF data might get put in the clipboard.

If you copy a large amount of formatted text or text and an image, when you attempt to paste the text and image, you might see some or all of the plain text but no formatting or image. The reason is that the three types of data are sometimes stored separately. For example, depending on the type of document you are copying from, images might be stored as images or as RTF data.

If the text and RTF data together use less than 1MB, the formatted text is pasted. Often the RTF data cannot be truncated, so that if the text and formatting use more than 1MB, the RTF data is discarded, and plain text is pasted.

If you are unable to paste all of the formatted text and images you selected in one operation, you might need to copy and paste smaller amounts in each operation.

You cannot copy and paste files between a remote desktop and the file system on your client computer.