In Horizon Client 3.2 and later, you can customize how remote desktops and applications interpret Apple keyboard shortcuts by configuring keyboard shortcut mappings. You can create different keyboard shortcut mappings for remote desktops and remote applications.

About this task

When you create a keyboard mapping, you map an Apple keyboard shortcut to a Windows keyboard shortcut or action. A keyboard shortcut consists of one or more key modifiers, such as Control and Shift, and a key code. A key code can be any key on your keyboard, except for a modifier key. The available actions depend on whether the mapping applies to remote desktops or remote applications. Examples of actions include Toggle Fullscreen Mode, Quit Application, and Disabled. When you press a mapped keyboard shortcut on your Apple keyboard, the corresponding Windows keyboard shortcut or action occurs in the remote desktop or application.

Prerequisites

If you plan to map an operating system keyboard shortcut, see Considerations for Mapping Operating System Keyboard Shortcuts.

Procedure

  1. Select VMware Horizon Client > Preferences and click Keyboard.
  2. Click the Desktop tab to configure keyboard shortcut mappings for remote desktops, or click the Applications tab to configure keyboard shortcut mappings for remote applications.
  3. Configure the keyboard shortcut mappings.

    Option

    Action

    Delete a keyboard shortcut mapping

    Select the mapping and click the minus (-) button.

    Add a keyboard shortcut mapping

    1. Click the plus (+) button.

    2. Specify the Apple keyboard shortcut sequence by clicking one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu. The From: field shows the keyboard shortcut that you created.

    3. Specify the corresponding Windows keyboard shortcut sequence by clicking one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu. The To: field shows the keyboard shortcut that you created.

    4. Click OK to save your changes.

    Modify a keyboard shortcut mapping

    Double-click the mapping and make your changes.

    • To modify the Apple keyboard shortcut sequence, click one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu.

    • To modify the corresponding Windows keyboard shortcut sequence, click one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu.

    • To add or modify an action, select Client action and select an action from the drop-down menu.

    Click OK to save your changes.

    Map a keyboard shortcut to an action

    1. Click the plus (+) button.

    2. Specify the Apple keyboard shortcut sequence by clicking one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu. The From: field shows the keyboard shortcut that you created.

    3. Select Client action and select an action from the drop-down menu.

    4. Click OK to save your changes.

    Disable a keyboard shortcut mapping

    When you disable a keyboard shortcut mapping, Horizon Client does not send the Apple keyboard shortcut to the remote desktop or application.

    1. Click the plus (+) button.

    2. Specify the Apple keyboard shortcut sequence by clicking one or more keyboard modifiers and typing a key code in the text box. You can also select a key from the drop-down menu.

      The From: field shows the keyboard shortcut that you created.

    3. Select Client action and select Disabled from the drop-down menu.

    4. Click OK to save your changes.

    Restore the default mappings

    Click Restore Defaults and click Restore. Any changes that you made to the default keyboard shortcut mappings are deleted and the default mappings are restored.

  4. Close the Preferences dialog box.

    Your keyboard mapping changes take effect immediately. You do not need to restart open remote desktops or applications to see the changes take effect.