Horizon Client provides several app commands that help you navigate a remote desktop and perform actions such as resetting, logging off of, or disconnecting from a remote desktop.

Horizon Client App Commands

As with other Windows Store apps, Horizon Client app commands appear in a toolbar when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen while logged in to a remote desktop. App commands include controls that help you perform various actions on the remote desktop or application and help you navigate around the desktop.

If you are using a keyboard and mouse, you can display or hide the app commands by using the Win+Z key combination.

If the remote desktop operating system is Windows 8.x, additional app commands appear on the right side of the toolbar for actions like displaying the app commands, charms, or Start menu in the remote desktop operating system.

Onscreen Keyboard

To display the onscreen keyboard from inside a remote desktop, swipe in from the right side of the screen, tap the Settings charm, tap Keyboard, and select Touch keyboard and handwriting panel.

When you are completing the login prompts to connect to a View server and log in to your remote desktop, if you do not have a keyboard attached to your device, the onscreen keyboard appears automatically when you tap in the text boxes. But after you log in to the operating system on your remote desktop, the onscreen keyboard no longer appears automatically, and you must use the Keyboard command to display the onscreen keyboard.

You can also display the keyboard by tapping Input in the app commands and then tapping inside the local input buffer. Tap the pen icon to the left of the local input buffer to toggle the input buffer on and off but retain the onscreen keyboard.

Important:

If the onscreen keyboard is covering part of the remote desktop or application, you can use your finger to scroll the application up so that the keyboard no longer covers it.

Sending a String of Characters

From the app commands at the bottom of the screen, tap the Input command to display the local input buffer. Text that you type into this text box is not sent to an application until you tap Send. For example, if you open an application such as Notepad and tap Input in the app commands, the text that you type does not appear in the Notepad application until you tap Send. Use the local input buffer to avoid issues with international keyboards. Tap the pen on the left side of the local input buffer to toggle the input buffer on and off. You can also use the handwriting panel with the local input buffer.

Use this feature if you have a poor network connection. That is, use this feature if, when you type a character, the character does not immediately appear in the application. With this feature, you can quickly type up to 1,000 characters and then either tap Send or tap the Enter key to have all 1,000 characters appear at once in the application.

Note:

The Input box must be empty in order to use the following keys in the remote desktop or application: arrow keys, Backspace, Tab, and function keys. To use a key combination, such as Ctrl+X to cut selected text, you must first disable the local input buffer.

Clicking

As in other apps, you tap to click a user interface element.

Right-Clicking

As in other apps, if you do not have a mouse attached to your device, you can touch, hold, and release to display right-click menus. Note that if the touch pointer feature is turned on, to create a right-click with the pointer, you must touch and hold with one finger, and tap with another finger to the right of the first finger.

Zooming In and Out

As in other applications, pinch your fingers together or apart to zoom.

Important:

If the remote desktop is Windows 8.x, zooming works only if the local zoom feature is turned on or if the touch pointer feature is turned on. To turn on local zoom, while logged in to a Windows 8.x remote desktop, swipe in from the right to display the charms list, tap Settings > General settings, and turn on Local Zoom. Note that when the local zoom feature is turned on, swiping does not work in the remote desktop. For example, if you are on the Start screen, you cannot swipe to see more applications. Instead, a scroll bar appears at the bottom of the screen and you can use the scroll bar instead of swiping to move the screen.

Scrolling

On the screen, tap with two fingers and then drag up or down to scroll. Scrolling to the right or left is not supported.

Sound, Music, and Video

You can play audio and video in a remote desktop. To adjust the volume, swipe in from the right side of the screen, tap the Settings charm, and use the volume control.

Key Combinations for Closing App Windows, Sending Ctrl+Alt+Del, Using the Alt Key, and Starting the Run App

Tap Combination Key in the app commands to access these items:

  • The Alt+F4 item closes the currently active application window.

  • Because the Windows key combination Ctrl+Alt+Del is not supported in remote desktops, use the Ctrl+Alt+Del item instead.

  • The Win+R item opens the Run app.

  • Because the Alt key is not supported in remote desktops, use the Alt item instead.

Touch Pointer Control

With the touch pointer feature, your entire screen becomes a touchpad for using a mouse pointer. Tap Touch Pointer in the app commands to use this feature. The command is available only if your device is touch-enabled. With this feature you can use the following gestures:

  • To move the pointer, drag with your finger.

  • To create a mouse click with the pointer, tap with your finger.

  • To create a right-click with the pointer, touch and hold with one finger, and tap with another finger to the right of the first finger.

  • To drag with the pointer, touch and hold with one finger for a couple of seconds, and then drag to the desired position.